2017 Friendly Foreign Invasion: The Cash Machine Keeps Churning

Discussion in 'Soccer in the USA' started by BostonRed, Dec 19, 2016.

  1. BostonRed

    BostonRed Member+

    Oct 9, 2011
    Somerville, MA
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    New England Revolution
    Country:
    United States
  2. Tom Ado

    Tom Ado Member

    Jun 25, 2015
    ICC's 2017 USA lineup includes Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester United, Juventus

    July 19 - Roma vs. PSG; Site TBD; 8:05 p.m.; ESPN2
    July 20 - Manchester United vs. Manchester City; Site TBD; 9:05 p.m.; ESPN
    July 22 - Juventus vs. Barcelona; MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ; 5:05 p.m.; ESPN
    July 22 - PSG vs. Tottenham; Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL; 8:05 p.m.; ESPN2
    July 23 - Real Madrid vs. Manchester United; Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, CA; 5:05 p.m.; ESPN
    July 25 - Tottenham vs. Roma; Red Bull Arena, Harrison, NJ; 8:05 p.m.; ESPN
    July 26 - Barcelona vs. Manchester United; FedEx Field, Landover, MD; 7:35 p.m.; ESPN2
    July 26 - PSG vs. Juventus; Hard Rock Stadium, Miami; 9:05 p.m.; ESPN News/ESPN2
    July 26 - Manchester City vs. Real Madrid, LA Coliseum, Los Angeles; 11:35 p.m.; ESPN
    July 29 - Manchester City vs. Tottenham; Nissan Stadium, Nashville, TN; 5:05 p.m.; ESPN2
    July 29 - Real Madrid vs. Barcelona; Hard Rock Stadium, Miami; 8:05 p.m.; ESPN
    July 30 - Roma vs. Juventus; Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA; 4:05 p.m.; ESPN
     
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  3. BostonRed

    BostonRed Member+

    Oct 9, 2011
    Somerville, MA
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    New England Revolution
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    United States
     
  4. BostonRed

    BostonRed Member+

    Oct 9, 2011
    Somerville, MA
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    New England Revolution
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    United States
  5. BostonRed

    BostonRed Member+

    Oct 9, 2011
    Somerville, MA
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    New England Revolution
    Country:
    United States
    The latest applicable events from the Soccer Insider column:

    March 25: Chivas vs. Leon friendly in Carson, Calif.

    March 26: Club America vs. Morelia friendly in San Jose

    March 26: El Salvador national team vs. Olimpia (Honduras) in Houston

    May 27: Mexico vs. Croatia friendly in Los Angeles

    June 1: Mexico vs. Ireland friendly in East Rutherford, N.J.

    June 28: Mexico vs. Ghana friendly in Houston

    July 7-26: CONCACAF Gold Cup at U.S. venues

    July 19-30: International Champions Cup at several U.S. venues


    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news...-2017-soccer-calendar/?utm_term=.ca9e19f7775f
     
  6. GunnerJacket

    GunnerJacket Moderator
    Staff Member

    Sep 18, 2003
    Gainesville, GA
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    I honestly feel the volume of these friendlies does more to harm/stifle the growth of our domestic products than the access to foreign leagues and clubs via TV. We can't do away with La Liga or Serie A so fans can always tune into those options, but they're also typically on a different times than local leagues in the States. Those teams making so many trips Stateside, however, interrupts some of the attention and resources we could devote to local teams. To say nothing of reinforcing the financial advantages already available to those (mostly) elite European clubs.

    I don't mind the occasional touring match but I really wish teams couldn't do more than, say, 2 such games in a single foreign country every 3-5 years. Same applies to national teams.

    I know this won't happen but a man can dream.
     
  7. BostonRed

    BostonRed Member+

    Oct 9, 2011
    Somerville, MA
    Club:
    New England Revolution
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    United States
    March 22, 2017
    Santos Laguna 4-0 Leon (friendly)
    Toyota Stadium, Frisco, TX
    Attendance: not available
     
  8. BostonRed

    BostonRed Member+

    Oct 9, 2011
    Somerville, MA
    Club:
    New England Revolution
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    United States
    New addition:

    Tigres - Toluca friendly, March 25th, Toyota Stadium, Frisco, TX

    They are even offering free admission!
     
  9. EvanJ

    EvanJ Member+

    Manchester United
    United States
    Mar 30, 2004
    Nassau County, NY
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Country:
    United States
    I agree with you about the European clubs playing in the USA hurting local clubs, but the USA is so big that a club could play five games in the USA and still have big cities hundreds of miles away from the nearest place that club played. I might want to see Manchester United, but I'm not going to fly to see them. Unless their game against Manchester City with site to be determined is in the northeast, fans in the New York City and Boston areas would have to go to Maryland to see Manchester United. Fans in Texas would have to go to northern California or Maryland unless the site to be determined is in the south. What I might support is MLS limiting how often clubs can play friendlies against foreign clubs.

    Does the USSF make money from these games? If so, they could compete with MLS but make money for the USMNT and USWNT.
     
  10. BostonRed

    BostonRed Member+

    Oct 9, 2011
    Somerville, MA
    Club:
    New England Revolution
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    United States
    Yes, as near as we can figure it, this is line item represents the fees paid to USSF (required under FIFA rules, at least for NT matches). There may be additional revenue that USSF makes as well.

    international game revenue:

    FY 2016: $4,241,754
    FY 2015: $8,024,177
     
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  11. BostonRed

    BostonRed Member+

    Oct 9, 2011
    Somerville, MA
    Club:
    New England Revolution
    Country:
    United States
    March 26, 2017
    El Salvador 1-0 Olimpia (friendly)
    BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, TX
    Attendance: not available
     

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