In previous summers, FC Barcelona has played games up and down the I-95 corridor — in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC, and Miami. | MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

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:


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A sole trip to Miami, in 2011

Barça are headed back to Miami for the second time. Their previous stopover in Florida's second-biggest city — Jacksonville is first — came in 2011, when a Pep Guardiola-led side fell to Guadalajara, 4–1. Thus, Barça fans are hoping this summer's trip brings a sunnier result when the blaugrana square off with Real Madrid at Hard Rock Stadium on 29 July at 7.30pm ET. 


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Game number three at FedExField

Barça have played at the Landover, Maryland home of the Washington Redskins twice before, both times against English Premier League mainstays. The first came on the 2011 tour, when Barça fell, 2–1, to Manchester United. The second was a 2–2 draw with Chelsea during the 2015 tour. This summer's game at FedExField will be a rematch of the 2011 clash with Man Utd. Kickoff is set for 26 July at 7.35pm ET. 


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First time playing at MetLife Stadium

This summer will mark Barça's first match at MetLife Stadium, which opened in 2010 and which sits on what had been the parking lot of the old Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Barça, curiously, played at Giants Stadium twice after the turn of the millennium — in 2006 and 2008. Its replacement, of course, awaits this summer's marquee matchup, pitting Barça against Juventus on 22 July at 6.00pm ET.

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