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Barcelona confirm 2023 USA pre-season tour: El Clásico in Dallas

Barça have confirmed that they will face Arsenal, AC Milan, Juventus and Real Madrid in a series of friendly games played this summer.

Barcelona to face European giants in USA pre-season tour
Marcin CholewinskiEFE

Barcelona have confirmed a pre-season tour of the United States that will see them take on some of the biggest names in European football.

The Catalan club will face El Clásico rivals Real Madrid this summer, in addition to AC Milan, Arsenal and Juventus.

Barcelona have extended their pre-season tour in a bid to increase their revenue and alleviate their financial struggles. The LaLiga club have to reduce their wage bill this summer to register any new players and the likes of Gavi and Ronald Araujo are currently unable to sign on improved deals.

When will Barcelona play in their USA tour?

In a statement on their club website, Barcelona said “the first two games will be played in California; 22 July against Juventus in Santa Clara, San Francisco Bay Area, and on 26 July against Arsenal FC. The last two games will take place in Dallas Texas, for the clash with Real Madrid on 29 July and in Las Vegas where the tour will conclude with a game against AC Milan.”

AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas is set to be the venue for the friendly match against Real Madrid on 29 July. This will be the third time that Spain’s two most successful clubs have faced each other in the US, after a 2017 fixture at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium and a meeting at the Allegiant Stadium last year.

LaLiga and Premier League organise USA tours

In recent years pre-season tours of the United States have become increasingly common amongst the European elite and there will be more chances to watch them in action this year.

The Spanish top flight has announced a ‘LaLiga Summer Tour’ beginning this year, which will see clubs travel to the US and Mexico to play a series of friendly matches over the summer.

“The launch of the ‘LaLiga Summer Tour’ represents LaLiga’s desire to create a platform that allows us to take its teams to different parts of the world,” said Oscar Mayo, Executive General Director of LaLiga.

The Premier League is also planning an American excursion this summer, with six English clubs competing in the first Premier League Summer Series. Aston Villa, Brentford, Brighton & Hove Albion, Chelsea, Fulham and Newcastle United will play in five cities across the East Coast this summer, with tickets starting at just $30 for some matches.

Games in the Premier League Summer Series will take place from Saturday 22 July to Sunday 30 July.