Bayern’s Summer Trip to the USA

Since they were bounced somewhat early from the Champions League, FC Bayern’s spring docket is unexpectedly clear of competition with some of Europe’s biggest names.

The July 2019 calendar, however, is a whole other story.

The Bavarian giants are bringing some portion of their summertime preparations for the 2019-20 season to the United States as participants in the ever-morphing International Champions Cup. FC Bayern will face Arsenal, Real Madrid, and AC Milan as part of the 12-team exhibition competition. It will be the club’s fourth official tour of the United States.

Bayern will start their USA run on July 17 in suburban Los Angeles, facing Arsenal at Dignity Health Sports Park, also known as home to the LA Galaxy and the Los Angeles Chargers. Arsenal may enjoy an edge in the stands, as they reputedly have more US-based fans than any other club in the world. Bayern fans will not be hard to find either, though. The club credits their New York offices for helping to grow the number of US-based “FC Bayern sympathizers” to 32 million individuals and 147 organized fan groups.

From southern California, the Bavarians will head east to NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas for a July 20 tilt. Awaiting Niko Kovac and company will be fellow round-of-16 victim Real Madrid, setting up what might otherwise have been a thriller of a Champions League quarterfinal fixture.

Three days later, Bayern visits Arrowhead Stadium, home of the Kansas City Chiefs to square-off with AC Milan. While an appearance from NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes would be a fun nod for the locals, Bundesliga fans can hope to see ACM regulars and former Bundesligists Hakan Canhaloglu and Ricardo Rodriquez in addition to the array of stars on Germany’s record champions’ roster.

Though all three of Bayern’s matches in the competition will take place on US soil, the competition will visit Singapore, Shanghai, Cardiff, London, and Stockholm.

Mexico’s Guadalahara CD is the lone non-European team in the 2019 edition of the competition. Fans will also have a chance to catch AS Roma, Juventus, Inter Milan, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Benfica, and Atletico Madrid during the competition running from July 16 to August 10.

Tickets are available via the ICC website.

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Randall Hauk is a freelance writer living in the United States while covering German football. He is currently the publisher of Planet Effzeh, an English-language site covering 1. FC Köln. He wrote about the German national team for the Telegraph as part of their World Cup Nation coverage.

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