Have you made your travel plans for summer yet? If you are a Bundesliga fan in North America, you may want to consider the fact that four German clubs will be touring the USA this summer, in May and July.
Bayern Munich will be making its third visit in recent years. The rekordmeisters have not yet announced their itinerary (they will on April 17) but in their last visit, in 2016, they played matches in Chicago, Charlotte and NYC against AC Milan, Inter Milan, and Real Madrid. The legendary club, who have already clinched their sixth consecutive Bundesliga title Saturday in the Bavarian Derby against FC Augsburg, are also looking to complete the treble as they continue to compete in the Champions League and DFB Pokal, and will also contribute many players on their squad to World Cup rosters of several nations.
You can also keep up with Die Roten at the Bayern Munich USA site. Bayern have led German clubs in making North America Bavarian red, setting up their NYC office a few years back and committing themselves to establishing official fanclubs across the continent, growing the number to 117 fan clubs in the MiaSanMia family as of February 1. The club also recently announced an affiliation with MLS side FC Dallas….. perhaps the Bavarians will thus be playing one of their International Champions Cup matches in the Texas city this summer?
Of course, there is no shortage of coverage of one of the world’s biggest sporting entities, but English-speaking fans may also especially enjoy the news and analysis at Bayern Central along with that of Mia San Rot, which includes an English language podcast featuring @thesusieschaaf.
Borussia Dortmund will make two trips to the USA this summer, tasty chances for American fans of the Ruhr Valley club to see their heroes up close. In May, on either the 21st or 22nd, BvB will be in Los Angeles to play a friendly against MLS newboys Los Angeles FC at Banc of California Stadium. The club will return in July, with dates and locations yet unknown, to compete along with Bayern in the ICC. This will be the first visit by the popular club to the USA in ages, and one can imagine that tickets to see the black and yellows, who’ve been German champions eight times along with winning the Pokal on four occasions, will be in high demand.
Dortmund are expected to train in Chicago and in Pittsburgh during their July visit. Speculation is that the club will play an ICC match against Bayern Munich in Chicago, although that is yet to be confirmed. To keep up with BvB news in English, the club has an English language website and also there is the Yellow Wall site, which produces a podcast frequently on all things black and yellow in English.
Making their second consecutive summer visit to the USA will be Eintracht Frankfurt. Niko Kovac’ upwardly mobile club are battling for a European berth down the stretch of the Bundesliga season, Die Adler will also try to repeat their 2016/2017 place in the Pokal Final next Wednesday if they can get past FC Schalke 04 in their semifinal match. In July, Frankfurt will play two MLS clubs — Real Salt Lake on July 10 at Rio Tinto Stadium and in Philadelphia on July 14 against the Union at Talen Energy Stadium. Die Adler will arrive in SLC on July 7 and will remain in Utah until the 12th, training at the RSL youth academy center. You can follow the club in English not only on the club’s English language website, but also in English on the Hey Eintracht FrankfurtPodcast )also on ITunes)….and if you’re in the American Heartland and are interested in helping create an Eintracht Frankfurt fan club in the Midwest, contact pod host Brian Sanders @KCSGE.
Finally, second division club FC St. Pauli will be making visits to Detroit and Portland in May. The club will be in the US from May 15-24 (unless involved in the 2.Bundesliga relegation/playoff games, which seems unlikely at this point), playing NPSL side Detroit City FC on May 19 and in Portland against the club’s reserve side, who compete in the USL, on May 22. St Pauli are famous worldwide not only for their fansbase in the Reeperbahn section of Hamburg but also for the progressive ethos of the club’s board and fans that has resulted in fan clubs and supporters around the world. As stated on their official website
FC St. Pauli conveys a way of life and is a symbol of sporting authenticity. This allows people to identify with the club independently of any success it may achieve on the pitch. Salient features of this identification opportunity are to be nurtured and protected
The Bundesliga’s desire to catch up with the English Premier League developing a larger fanbase in the United States and North America has been going on in earnest for several years now. Clubs such as Bayer 04 Leverkusen, 1.FC Koln, FC Schalke 04, 1.FSV Mainz 05 and VfL Wolfsburg are among those who have toured/trained in America in the past few years. In addition to Bayern’s affiliation with FC Dallas, other clubs such as Dortmund have developed associations with American youth organizations (in Cincinnati and Utah) while VfL Wolfsburg has an affiliation with NPSL side FC Chattanooga, who share the Volkswagen shirt sponsorship. With German-born American internationals such as John Brooks, Timmy Chandler and Fabian Johnson being joined by American-born youngsters such as Christian Pulisic and Weston McKennie in featuring in key roles with German clubs and more and more budding American stars, such as Josh Sargent, signing with Bundelsiga clubs, it makes perfect sense for German clubs to search for new fans overseas, particularly in North America.