In a late surprise for Barcelona fans in the US, the La Liga champions have announced that they will play two games in the US against Napoli this summer as part of the first LaLiga Serie A Cup.
Barça are taking advantage of the Spanish Super Cup changes, which will now take place in Saudi Arabia in January, to extend their preseason tour.
The first match will take place in Miami on August 7th before the two clubs head to Ann Arbor Stadium at the University of Michigan on August 10th.
Barcelona are widely expected to sign both Antoine Griezmann and Neymar this summer. If that happens, then both superstars would be expected to make their debuts in the US alongside Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and the other big summer signing Frenkie de Jong
“Visiting the United States and being able to get closer to our fans is always a great thing for Barca,” said club president Josep Maria Bartomeu.
“On top of that, we will also have the chance to play at two iconic stadiums: at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, where in 2017 we played the LaLiga Clasico, and at Michigan Stadium, the largest in the United States.
“While there, we hope to put on a show and entertain our American fans with our style of play.”
The inaugural competition will see Napoli make a long-awaited return to the States.
“We could not be happier to be playing against Barcelona in the United States,” said Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis.
“Our club has not visited the country for thirty years and the chance to go back to the American market for these two games and against an opponent like Barca is extraordinary for us.”