Manchester United is headed to Los Angeles to kick off their preseason tour. The Red Devils will begin play Saturday against the Galaxy at StubHub Center. From there, they will turn their attention toward the International Champions Cup.
Here is the roster for the tour. Players will likely be added as the tour progresses:
Manchester United sits atop the list of the World’s Most Valuable Soccer teams, according to Forbes Magazine.
This is the first time that the club has reached the top spot. According to Forbes, Manchester United is worth $3.69 billion and generated revenues of $765 million during the 2015-16 season.
Barcelona is second with a current value of $3.64 million, followed by Real Madrid at $3.58 million. Real Madrid, winners of the last two UEFA Champions League titles, held the No. 1 spot for the previous four years (2013-16).
Bayern Munich ($2.71 billion) and Manchester City ($2.08 billion) round out the top five.
Both Barcelona and Real Madrid generated $688 million.
The second half of the top 10 is predominately English Premier League teams: Arsenal ($1.93), Chelsea ($1.85) and Liverpool ($1.49) are sixth, seventh and eighth, respectively. Tottenham Hotspur is 10th at $1.06 billion.
Juventus from Italy’s Serie A is ninth at $1.26 billion.
From Forbes: The 20 most valuable soccer teams this year are worth an average of $1.48 billion, 3% more than one year ago. The U.S. dollar rose in value relative to the euro during the past year. As a result, although not a single team declined in value year-over-year when measured in euros, 9 of the 20 teams decreased when valued in U.S. dollars.
New United hero? Javier Hernandez, the first Mexican to play for Manchester United, scores on his debut in front of an adoring Mexican-American crowd in Houston and the Red Devils head to Guadalajara to sell replica jerseys with his name on the back to play Chivas Friday in a match that was a condition of his transfer from the club (AP Photo).
In a spectacle more about marketing than soccer, Manchester United smoothly dispatched the MLS All-Stars 5-2 Wednesday in Houston with a minimum of fuss and heightened the anticipation for their impending arrival in Guadalajara by sending on Mexican international Javier Hernandez who duly applied the finishing touch with a goal that oozed class in the 84th minute on his Red Devils debut.
Edson Buddle had a good game though, didn’t he?
Hey, it was better than Kevin Alston’s “indecisive decision” (as John Harkes put it so eloquently) seconds into the game.