City to play in Atlanta on US tour
- 12 May 2010 15:08
- Posted by Tim Oscroft
Manchester City will face Club America in Atlanta as part of the summer tour of the United States.
City will take on the Mexican giants at the Georgia Dome Stadium in the Atlanta International Soccer Challenge game on Wednesday, 28 July. The game will follow City's appearance in the 2010 New York Football Challenge, where we face Sporting Lisbon and New York Red Bulls at the Red Bull Arena.
Club America are one of the most well supported and successful Mexican teams. They are 10 times Champions of the Mexican league and play their home fixtures at the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City, the venue for the World Cup Finals of 1970 and 1986. Last summer saw Club America beat both Inter and AC Milan in their summer tour of the USA.
The Georgia Dome is a 71,000 capacity stadium, which plays host to the Atlanta Falcons NFL American Football side. Built in 1992, it is one of the largest indoor stadiums in the US.
The Club America game won't be the first time City have played in Atlanta though. They took on the former NASL side Atlanta Chiefs in a summer tour in 1968. City, managed by Joe Mercer at the time, lost twice against the Chiefs. Another link between Atlanta and City is that of our current First Team coach Brian Kidd, who scored 23 goals in 29 games for the Chiefs in a brief stint there in 1981.
City boss Roberto Mancini is looking forward to the prospect of playing in Atlanta and is excited at the way the Club's tour of the States is taking shape.
He said: "I think this will be a very good challenge for us. Our pre-season tour is going to be very important for our preparations for the new season. We have the games in New York against Sporting Lisbon and New York Red Bulls, and now Club America.
This will be a very exciting match, and we are looking forward to playing against them. Their style of football is very different to the English Premier League, and it will be a good experience for our players.
"Coming to Atlanta will be great for us too - it is a famous City with an important sporting reputation, being the host city of the 1996 Olympic Games. And I know we lost a game in Atlanta the last time we went there in the 1960s, so this is a good chance for us to get a win there."
Ticket details and kick-off time of the Atlanta International Soccer Challenge game are yet to be confirmed, we will bring you this information as soon as possible. For tour packages for the 2010 New York Football Challenge, click here.