Arsenal is taking full advantage of its preseason tour in the U.S. to develop its links with the Colorado Rapids.
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The Gunners and the Rapids announced that Arsenal will be coming to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park outside of Denver for a friendly match on Monday, July 15. It’s the first time Arsenal will play the Rapids in Denver, despite both clubs being owned by Stan Kroenke. Kroenke purchased the Rapids from Phil Anschutz in 2004 and first invested in Arsenal in 2007.
“We are excited to be hosting one of Europe’s most iconic teams in Arsenal,” Rapids general manager Pádraig Smith said in a statement. “They are one of the top clubs in the world and we’re looking forward to testing ourselves against them on the field and providing sports fans in Colorado with the opportunity to be part of this outstanding matchup.”
Unai Emery‘s appointment didn’t only bring in a new era for Arsenal in terms of his management, but also for the club’s preseason plans. During Arsene Wenger‘s reign in charge of Arsenal, the club often began preseason training with a camp and a couple of friendly matches in Austria before either staying in Europe for additional matches or traveling to East Asia, where Wenger had links due to his time in Japan.
Arsenal has only come to the U.S. on two occasions in the last three decades, for one match in 2014 and a two-match spell in 2016, including taking part in the MLS All-Star game. This summer, Arsenal will be spending a considerable amount of time in a region that contains likely millions of Arsenal fans.
With the Rapids game on the schedule, Arsenal now has friendly matches on:
July 15 v. Colorado Rapids in Denver
July 17 v. Bayern Munich in Kansas City, Kan.
July 20 v. AS Roma in Charlotte, N.C.
July 23 v. Real Madrid in Landover, Md.
The latter three matches are part of the International Champions Cup, the preseason tournament put on by Relevant Sports.