Manchester City, the reigning English Premier League champs, will kick off its tour of the United States at Sporting Park this week against Sporting Kansas City, the reigning MLS Cup champs.
That’s right. It’s Champion vs. Champion. City (made-up team nickname) vs. City (actual name of a geographic location).
It’s Champions Shield Week. (Yes, this is a made up trophy. Still waiting on details.)
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The match will kickoff at 8 p.m. Wednesday live on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes. There are a limited number of tickets available still.
Several of Manchester City’s World Cup players — goalkeeper Joe Hart, defenders Vincent Kompany, Martin Demichelis and Pablo Zabaleta, midfielders David Silva and Yaya Toure, and forwards Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero — will not be making the trip to KC.
However, given how loaded City’s roster is, the 23-man roster has plenty of quality. Among the notable names on manager Manuel Pelligrini’s 23-man roster: Jesus Navas, Gael Clichy, Alvarao Negredo and Samir Nasri. Two new signings, midfielder Fernando and goalkeeper Willy Caballero were also named to the roster.
Manchester City won the Premier League twice in the last three seasons. The trophy will be available for photo opportunities in Kansas City this week alongside the MLS Cup and Champions Shield at two locations: The Kansas Sampler Oak Park from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and Sporting Park during open training from 7-8 p.m. on Tuesday. Both events are free and open to the public.
Following the match at Sporting Park, Manchester City will face AC Milan (July 17 in Pittsburgh), Liverpool (July 30 in New York) and Olympiacos (Aug. 2 in Minneapolis).
Manchester City’s 23-man roster
Goalkeepers (3): Willy Caballero, Richard Wright, Ian Lawlor
Defenders (8): Micah Richards, Dedryck Boyata, Gael Clichy, Karim Rekik, Aleksandar Kolarov, Matthias Bossaerts, Matija Nastasic, Jason Denayer
Midfielders (8): Fernando, Samir Nasri, Scott Sinclair, Javi Garcia, Jesus Navas, Jack Rodwell, Bruno Zuculini, Emry Huws
Forwards (4): Alvaro Negredo, Stevan Jovetic, John Guidetti, Kelechi Iheanacho