A quick peek at the prime details of FC Barcelona’s July 2017 tour in the United States, announced to heaps of fanfare across the soccer spectrum on Tuesday afternoon, reveals a big-city itinerary straight out of an East Coast summertime road tripper’s dream.
The orderly calendar of events for this summer moves along, quite fittingly, from north to south, with sojourns in America’s financial capital (New York), its political capital (Washington, D.C.), and its beach/nightlife capital (Miami), where a date with history awaits as Barça and Real Madrid will go toe-to-toe in the first ever El Clásico held on U.S. soil.
Although Barça, of course, will be jetting between their destinations, it’s a much-anticipated chance for the Catalan club to get reacquainted with the I-95 corridor, whose major cities all have their own little niche in the annals of Barça history.
The exact New York–Washington–Miami route planned for 2017 may be a novelty, but Barça have visited all three cities before, albeit not in the same tour.
Moreover, the Blaugranas have also disputed games in Boston and Philadelphia, two other major metropolises along the East Coast’s longest Interstate.
Here is the full of list of cities Barça has or will have visited on its seven US tours, with those being visited this summer, in bold:
2003: Boston, Washington D.C., Philadelphia
2006: Los Angeles, Houston, New York
2008: Chicago, New York
2009: Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco
2011: Washington D.C., Miami, Dallas
2015: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, D.C.
2017: New York, Washington, D.C., Miami
The following slideshow offers a rapid glimpse at Barça’s history in relation to this summer’s three stops: