Arsenal add third stop to their USA tour

Arsenal add third stop to their US tour by Yash

Arsenal are set to travel to Baltimore to play fellow Premier League side Everton in their pre-season in the United States.

The Gunners have already confirmed that they will also be playing against Chelsea and MLS side Orlando City as part of the FC Series.

The FC Series is a national expansion of the Florida Cup, held in the state since 2015 featuring clubs from across the globe.

Arsenal will play their first match against Orlando on July 20 at Exploria Stadium, the home of the MLS side. Then the Gunners will clash against London-rivals Chelsea at Camping World Stadium on Saturday, July 23.

Camping World Stadium recently completed the latest in a $260 million series of upgrades. The historic venue has hosted several top-tier international matches including five matches during the 1994 FIFA World Cup, nine matches during the 1996 Olympic Games and three matches during Copa América Centenario in 2016.

Last month, manager Mikel Arteta sounded pleased to visit the US for their pre-season prep. The Spaniard said, “We’re very pleased to see our pre-season plans taking shape with the announcement of our trip to the United States to take part in the FC Series.”

He continued, “It’s been a long time since we’ve seen our fans in the US and we’re looking forward to playing in front of them. We’ll be playing some good sides that will provide strong opposition and the training and matchday facilities in Orlando will provide a first-class environment for our preparations for next season.”

Technical Director Edu, added: “The FC Series, together with our Orlando training camp, will provide Mikel and the squad with an excellent level of preparation as we focus on next season. We look forward to confirming further plans for our pre-season very soon.”

Arsenal are also expected to have a pre-season training camp in Germany prior to the US trip. There are also still talks going on over the potential of a return for the Emirates Cup this season, although it is likely that this will only be a one-day event rather than taking place over two days as it has done in the past.

Pre-season preparations will be given the green light slightly earlier this season due to the World Cup, which is to be held in November-December in Qatar.

The 2022/23 season will begin on August 6th and is set to resume after the World Cup on Boxing Day, before finishing on May 28th 2023.

Yash Bisht

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  1. If I go on a tour to a foreign country I’d like to enjoy the local hospitality, local cuisine, the culture and enjoy their way of life.

    If I am from England, why do I want to go to South America on tour, for example, but stay in a British hotel, eat British food, only visit British historical sites, drink British beer and attend British events? I have nothing against anything British by the way.

    That’s how I feel about these pre-season friendlies where we are going to the USA to play clubs like Chelsea and Everton.

    Fair play to playing Orlando City but why can’t we also be playing MLS teams like LA Galaxy, Inter Miami, NY Red Bulls and even Kroenke’s Colorado Rapids instead of the British teams that we play at least twice every season just to make the friendlies more interesting?

    Friendlies are there for match fitness, tactical tinkering and affording opportunities to academy players. I’m sure most fans of the concerned clubs couldn’t care less about a friendly between Arsenal and Chelsea but will take more interest to one between Arsenal and LA Galaxy.

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