about Manchester United's traveling roster for their upcoming preseason tour: The 22-man roster is now set. One surprise: Mexican striker Javier Hernandez won't join the club until after they play in Kansas City. He will join the team on July 27 in Houston.
The traveling squad will be:
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Edwin van der Sar, Tomasz Kuszczak, Ben Amos
John O'Shea, Wes Brown, Rafael, Jonny Evans, Chris Smalling, Fabio, Tom Cleverley, Ritchie De Laet, Corry Evans
Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Darren Fletcher, Darron Gibson, Nani, Gabriel Obertan
Dimitar Berbatov, Federico Macheda, Danny Welbeck, Javier Hernandez, Mame Biram Diouf.
That's a pretty strong squad. Missing of course are Gary Neville (injured), Antonio Valencia (injured), Rio Ferdinand (injured), Nemanja Vidic (World Cup), Wayne Rooney (World Cup), Park Ji-Sung (World Cup), Anderson (injured), Owen Hargreaves (injured), Michael Carrick (World Cup), Patrice Evra (World Cup) and Michael Owen (injured).
Kansas City is just one stop on the Red Devils tour of North America. The tour will begin in Chicago (July 12-15), before they playing Celtic in Toronto (July 16), then against the Philadelphia Union (July 21), then battle the Wizards (July 25), the MLS All-Star game in Houston (July 28) and then Chivas in Mexico on July 30.
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.
Official press release bios on the Manchester United players:
BEN AMOS – 20-year-old goalkeeper has worked his way through the Old Trafford ranks since the age of 11; made his first team debut in September 2008.
TOMASZ KUSZCZAK – The Poland international made a stunning penalty save in his United debut.
EDWIN VAN DER SAR – In 2007/2008, the Dutch international kept an incredible 24 clean sheets in all competitions; is his nation’s most capped player.
WES BROWN - A veteran of 13 seasons with United, the rugged defender has 23 appearances for England’s national team.
RAFAEL DA SILVA – 20-year-old Brazilian right back was a finalist for the Premier League’s Young Player of the Year for the 2008-2009 season.
FABIO DA SILVA – Rafael’s twin brother, “Fabio” plays on the left side of United’s defense.
RITCHIE DE LAET – Belgian international is eyeing more playing time after being named the Manchester United Reserve Player of the Season in May 2010.
CORRY EVANS – Younger brother of defender Jonny Evans, Corry settled and excelled at center back for United’s Reserves, rising through the ranks to train regularly with the senior squad and has been named to a handful of first team squads.
JONNY EVANS – Older brother of defender Corry Evans, Northern Ireland center back has 19 international appearances for his country.
JOHN O’SHEA – Versatile Republic of Ireland international has played every position – including goalkeeper – during his 11 seasons with United.
CHRIS SMALLING – Former Fulham defender joined United earlier this year.
TOM CLEVERLEY – A bright future beckons for the 20-year old; was nominated for the prestigious Denzil Haroun Reserve Player of the Year award.
DARREN FLETCHER – One of United’s most consistent performers, Fletcher was named captain of the Scottish National Team in August 2009.
DARRON GIBSON – A regular for the Republic of Ireland, Gibson scored five goals in 23 appearances in the 2009/2010 season.
RYAN GIGGS – Nicknamed “The Welsh Wizard,” Giggs has played for Manchester United his entire professional career, holding a host of records, including being British football’s most decorated player. Giggs is the only player in English football history to win 11 top division championship medals. This is the equivalent to an American football player winning 11 Super Bowl rings or a baseball player capturing 11 World Series titles.
NANI – Powerful and speedy Portuguese international put together a string of hugely impressive displays and contributed vital goals to win over fans in the 2009/2010 season.
GABRIEL OBERTAN – French international has progressed through the ranks for his country receiving caps at Under 16, 17, 18 and 19 levels. Is currently involved in the French under 21 squad.
PAUL SCHOLES – The 35-year-old midfielder has spent his entire professional career with the ‘Red Devils,’ and has represented the England national team in the 1998 and 2002 World Cups.
DIMITAR BERBATOV – The all-time leading goal scorer for Bulgaria’s national team (48 goals in 78 appearances), Berbatov is known for scoring spectacular goals.
MAME BIRAM DIOUF – Senegalese international joined United in 2009 after three seasons in Norway.
JAVIER HERNANDEZ – Mexican standout scored two goals at the World Cup in South Africa … could become "a major influence" with United, according to the club’s assistant manager Mike Phelan
FEDERICO MACHEDA – 18-year-old Italian forward has 3 goals in 9 League appearances for United … known as “Kiko”.
DANNY WELBECK – Rising young winger/striker has often been compared to Nigerian star Nwankwo Kanu.