Manchester United officially kicks off their friendly preseason tour with a game against Scottish team Celtic in Toronto. The game will be on ESPN2 at 6 p.m. tonight.
After Toronto, the Red Devils will travel to Philadelphia to play the Union on July 21 and then will be here in Kansas City to play the Wizards at Arrowhead Stadium on July 25 at 5 p.m.
A limited number of lower-level seats are still available for the friendly versus Manchester United, but fans are encouraged to act quickly to reserve their seats before all lower-level seats are sold out. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.com, by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or at any Ticketmaster outlet. Special packages are also available through the Kansas City Wizards and can be purchased by calling 1-888-4KC-GOAL.
Fans can show their support for the bid to bring the World Cup to Kansas City by texting “KansasCity” to 22442 or signing the petition online at www.goUSAbid.com/KC. Kansas City is one of 18 cities still in the running to host matches should the USA bid to host the 2018 or 2022 FIFA World Cup be successful. FIFA will select the host nation for both 2018 and 2022 on December 2, 2010.
The Manchester United traveling roster is without many of its big-name stars who are still on vacation after the World Cup.
Here is the official roster:Goalkeepers: Edwin van der Sar, Tomasz Kuszczak, Ben Amos
Defenders: John O'Shea, Wes Brown, Rafael, Jonny Evans, Chris Smalling, Fabio, Tom Cleverley, Ritchie De Laet, Corry Evans
Midfielders: Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Darren Fletcher, Darron Gibson, Nani, Gabriel Obertan
Dimitar Berbatov, Federico Macheda, Danny Welbeck, Javier Hernandez (joining the team on July 27), Mame Biram Diouf.
Manchester United aren't the only foreign team playing in North America this summer. There are three friendlies tomorrow, including:
• San Jose Earthquakes vs. Tottenham Hotspur at Buck Shaw Stadium, San Jose, Calif.
• Charleston Battery vs. Bolton Wanderers at Blackbaud Stadium, Daniel Island, S.C.
• Portland Timbers vs. Manchester City at Merlo Field, Portland, Ore.