Wrexham to play friendlies vs. Man United, Chelsea in U.S. this summer season
Wrexham AFC, the historic Welsh soccer membership owned by actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney, has reportedly lined up pleasant matches within the U.S. towards Premier League powerhouses Manchester United and Chelsea this coming summer season.
Wrexham’s match towards Manchester United will happen in San Diego in July, in keeping with ESPN. The Wrexham-Chelsea match is ready to happen in Chapel Hill, N.C. on July 19, per a number of reviews from British media.
The first fixture shall be a part of United’s already-announced Summer 2023 preseason tour of the U.S., a primary for the membership since 2018 and first beneath present supervisor Erik ten Hag. The storied English crew is experiencing a resurgent 12 months in its first season beneath ten Hag and is coming off a dramatic comeback win over FC Barcelona within the first spherical of the Europa League knockout stage. United additionally stays third within the Premier League desk behind Arsenal and crosstown rivals Manchester City.
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Chelsea’s involvement, nonetheless, comes as a bit extra of a shock as The Blues are within the midst of a down season, with each present supervisor Graham Potter and former supervisor Thomas Tuchel having blamed the membership’s Summer 2022 U.S. tour and its affect on their preseason coaching as an element within the crew’s struggles.
Potter has come beneath immense criticism in latest weeks as Chelsea has continued to battle regardless of file spending from American chairman Todd Boehly within the January switch window to usher in a number of big-name gamers reminiscent of Joao Felix and World Cup winner Enzo Fernandez.
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Wrexham has gained recognition within the U.S. as a consequence of a success documentary that includes the membership and its well-known house owners in addition to a latest unlikely run to the fourth spherical of the English FA Cup, the deepest run made within the match this season by a fifth-tier membership, earlier than dropping to second-tier Sheffield United.
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Wrexham can also be scheduled to take part in a seven-on-seven, winner-take-all soccer match in North Carolina in early June as a part of its efforts to drum up extra assist stateside. The celebrity-filled match will function Reynolds and McElhenney as a part of the energetic enjoying roster in addition to a crew stuffed with former USWNT stars and groups led by former USMNT gamers and FOX Soccer World Cup analysts Clint Dempsey, Jimmy Conrad and DeMarcus Beasley.
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