The following is a guest post written by Aaron Walker.
With Manchester United taking its 20th Premier League trophy with four games left to play in the season, soccer fans are already looking to the next season for their team to steal the glory. But before that comes months of player trials, trading speculation, and the updates on rigorous training for their team in off-season. Fortunately, the time goes fast. That’s because during the 3 months of off season, luckily for us United States citizens, we're able to see some of the world’s most prolific soccer teams come to play on our own home turf. Here are some of the big games going on this summer.
Real Madrid vs. LA Galaxy
While this is still a tentative match with no conclusive date, soccer bloggers and online publishers are all buzzing with gossip that one of the world's biggest soccer brands, Real Madrid, will be coming to Los Angeles on August 1st, to play the home team. As part of the International Champions Cup, an annual soccer tournament to mix some of the biggest teams from across the world, Real Madrid will hope to finish on top of their group, allowing them to play the final in Miami on August 11th. Surely with Real Madrid having one of the largest sports fan base to span across the world, this will be a popular event. So make sure you reserve your tickets fast!
Chelsea vs. Manchester City
If you love the physicality of English Premier League soccer, you’ll have more than one opportunity to get a taste of it this summer. Premiership powerhouses Manchester City and Chelsea will be coming to the states, and bringing some of their star faces to put on a show. The clubs will spar with each other twice along the east coast, playing on May 23rd in St. Louis and then again at the Yankee stadium on May 25th.
Juventus vs. D.C. United
Unfortunately for Serie A fans, and more particularly, Juventus fans, there will be no summer tour across the USA. Originally the Serie A champions were set to play a series of three games across the U.S. from July 19th to August 1st. But recently the team announced it will not be going through with their plans. However, if Juventus is not your team, remain optimistic as word has leaked that D.C. United has made plans with another major European club to fill the dates!
World Cup Qualifiers
If you don't have any loyalties to one particular club, you definitely should when it comes to the World Cup. This summer sees a large number of World Cup qualifying matches fight for their place in the world's biggest tournament. Go support your country by showing up to one of the many qualifying matches across the country. See Canada, Mexico, Panama, and Martinique play in Pasadena, CA. Or try United States, Cuba, Costa Rica, and Belize in Sandy, UT. If you're on the east cost, try El Salvador, Trinidad and Tobago, Haiti, and Honduras in Harrison, NJ.
Whether your team makes it to the US this summer or not, you can be sure there will be plenty of soccer matches to keep you entertained.
Aaron Walker has tuned into soccer matches all around the world for as long as he can remember. He is anxiously awaiting the summer season! He wrote this post on behalf of Havahart Traps, which sells a variety of humane animal traps for your yard. To see more of Aaron's work, you can follow him on Twitter under the handle @aaronwalker77.