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Real Madrid, Barca to meet in Las Vegas

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Real Madrid and Barcelona will meet in an exhibition on July 23 in Las Vegas in just the second edition of the El Clásico rivalry on United States (US) soil.

The Spanish superpowers will visit Allegiant Stadium, the two-year-old home of the NFL’s Raiders just off the Las Vegas Strip, as part of a summer tour also featuring Juventus and Mexican powers Chivas and Club América across five US cities.

Barcelona and Juventus will meet at Dallas’ Cotton Bowl Stadium on July 26, while UEFA Champions League winners Real will face Juventus at the famed Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, on July 30.

The three European giants are travelling to the US as part of the inaugural Soccer Champions Tour formally launched on Friday by sports entertainment conglomerate AEG.

Juventus also will play Chivas in Las Vegas on July 22, while Madrid will face América at Oracle Park in San Francisco on July 26.

Summer tours of the lucrative US market for foreign teams are back in full force after a two-year slowdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. Most of the teams in the Soccer Champions Tour also have scheduled additional exhibitions, while Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich and Premier League champs Manchester City are among several other major European clubs playing in the US next month.

Barcelona and Madrid met on US soil for the first time in the summer of 2017, and over 66,000 fans paid hefty ticket prices to pack Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium for Barca’s 3-2 victory.

Barcelona is also scheduled to face David Beckham’s Inter Miami MLS club on July 19 before wrapping up its summer tour against MLS’ New York Red Bulls on July 30.

Real Madrid players celebrate winning the Champions League. FILE PHOTO: AP