(July 25, 2015 at LEVI Stadium) – Local soccer fans had the opportunity to see two of Europe’s premier futbol clubs go head to head in an exhibition match. Not only are these teams professional powerhouses, they are also the #2 and #3 richest franchises in the game. In 2014, FC Barcelona was reported to be worth $3.2 billion on revenues of $627 million. Manchester United followed with a value of $2.8 billion on revenues of $551 million. Each team’s desire to expand their brands/market share means that this will certainly not be the last time we see European-class soccer played in the States.
The 3-1 victory for Manchester United began with team captain Wayne Rooney’s header off of teammate Ashley Young’s corner kick. ManU’s second score came when Jesse Lingard drove home a pass made across the six yard box by Tyler Blackett. Barcelona beat the shut-out when Rafinha struck into the corner of the net after a beautiful setup by Sergi Roberto. Shortly thereafter and in a solo effort, Adnan Januzaj powered past his defender to make the final goal of the game.
Both clubs will now move on to play the fourth and final game of their USA tour FC Barcelona facing off against Chelsea at FedExField in Washington. Manchester will face off against PSG at Soldier Field in Chicago.
When and where to watch:
Fox Sports GO, Watch ESPN, Fox Sports 2 (USA)
Manchester United XI:
1. Ter Stegen