Southampton announce preseason trip to USA

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Southampton Football Club will be heading to the U.S. this summer as part of their preseason preparations.

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Saints announced on Friday that they will be spending a week in Baltimore, Maryland from Jul. 10 at Under Armour’s headquarters.

Earlier this year Southampton announced a seven-year partnership with the U.S. based sports brand who will be their main kit supplier from Jul. 1.

The Premier League side, who finished in sixth-place last season, will train at UA’s sparkling HQ for a week and play a behind-closed-doors friendly.

Here’s more from Saints’ website:

While some members of the first-team squad will be given additional time off following the conclusion of the European Championships, the rest of the team will fly out to America for the first pre-season trip of the summer.

The training camp will serve to build on the foundations already laid in the region, with Southampton Academy coaches delivering coaching clinics to local teams as the club develops its Grass Roots Club Partnership programme to support the progression of football in North America.

Under Armour, who will provide game-changing technologies and product innovations for Saints over the course of the next seven years, will also welcome the club’s players and staff to their headquarters during the trip. Towards the end of the trip, Saints will also play their first pre-season game, as they take part in a behind-closed-doors friendly on Friday 15th July.

As we detailed extensively back in March, Southampton has launched a coaching education initiative in North America, working with elite club teams as it looks to expand its brand in both the U.S. and Canada.

This preseason trip will help with that.

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Southampton is yet to announce their new manager after Ronald Koeman left for Everton earlier this month, but PST revealed on Thursday that both Manuel Pellegrini and Jurgen Klinsmann were out of the frame for the job.

It will be a busy summer for Premier League fans in the USA as a total of nine PL teams will be coming to the U.S. with Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, West Ham United, Swansea City, Crystal Palace, Leicester City, Stoke City joining Saints with trips across the pond.