Soccer games in Barcelona
The match will fall four months after numerous problems marred the Argentina-El Salvador friendly in Landover on March 28. Fans complained of dangerous crowding issues, stadium understaffing, counterfeit tickets and $40 parking fees. In addition, the wrong anthem was played for El Salvador.
In the formal announcement, the Redskins said “FedEx Field has become the No. 1 destination for American soccer fans to see the most prestigious teams in the world.”
Barcelona, featuring Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez, is atop Spain’s La Liga standings with a month left in the season. The club is also preparing for the UEFA Champions League semifinals against Bayern Munich next month. With a 10-point lead over Manchester City, Chelsea is on the verge of winning the English Premier League title.
Messi accompanied Argentina to Washington last month but did not play because of a foot injury. With Barcelona’s visit coming in preseason, there are no guarantees top-flight players will take the field for more than a half and some might not play at all. The match will take place on a Tuesday night, starting at 8 p.m. Eastern time. Tickets for the general public go on sale May 7.
Barcelona last appeared in the Washington area in 2011 against Manchester United at FedEx Field. Chelsea visited RFK Stadium to play Roma two years ago.
Barcelona will also face the Los Angeles Galaxy on July 21 at the Rose Bowl and Manchester United on July 25 in Santa Clara, Calif. Chelsea will face the New York Red Bulls on July 22 in Harrison, N.J., and Paris Saint-Germain on July 25 in Charlotte.
The ICC schedule:
July 11: Galaxy vs. Club America at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.
July 14: Club America at San Jose Earthquakes in Santa Clara, Calif.
July 17: Club America vs. Manchester United at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.
July 18: Paris Saint-Germain vs. Porto at BMO Field in Toronto
July 21: Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Barcelona at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.
July 21: Paris Saint-Germain vs. Fiorentina at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J.
July 21: Manchester United at San Jose Earthquakes, venue tba
July 22: Chelsea at New York Red Bulls in Harrison, N.J.
July 24: Fiorentina vs. Porto at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn.
July 25: Manchester United vs. Barcelona at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.
July 25: Chelsea vs. Paris Saint-Germain at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte
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