Circle the date: July 28, Washington, D.C. area


If you can’t find a big-time soccer match on July 28 near our national’s capital, then you really aren’t trying very hard.

Washington Post ace Steven Goff has the story, as AC Milan, Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham, D.C. United and a major Italian club will come together in something that looks like soccer’s version of multi-stage Bonnaroo. They’ll play matches in Baltimore and at FedEx Field outside D.C. on that date.

Stay on the lookout for more matches with Euro biggies to be announced.

Tottenham Hotspur just announced splashy matches against the LA Galaxy and New York Red Bulls as part of its pre-season prep. Spain’s Valencia will visit Houston for a match at brand new BBVA Compass Stadium.

Last year, Manchester United, Manchester City, Real Madrid, Sporting (Portugal), Club America, Chivas de Guadalajara, Barcelona all took part in last year’s World Football Challenge across the United States.

There is a little more here than just fancy passing and trapping; there is a whiff of guerrilla marketing at work here. Goff nibbles at the question in his piece; I’ll check back later with more on it.