April 11, 2018 / 9:52 PM / 10 days ago

Soccer: Manchester City women to embark on pre-season U.S. tour in July

(Reuters) - Manchester City will participate in the inaugural Women’s International Champions Cup in July as part of their pre-season U.S. tour, the club announced on Wednesday.

FILE PHOTO: Britain Football Soccer - Birmingham City v Manchester City - Women's FA Cup Final - Wembley Stadium, London, England - 13/5/17 Manchester City players celebrate after winning the Women's FA Cup Final Action Images via Reuters / Paul Childs Livepic

The tournament will feature French side Paris St Germain and North Carolina Courage as well as a fourth team that is yet to be confirmed. All matches will be played in the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida between July 27 and 29.

The International Champions Cup is an annual club soccer competition owned by Relevent Sports, a division of sports venture firm RSE ventures based in the United States.

“I’ve previously competed in America at the She Believes Cup and I’m always humbled by the incredible support of the fans out there,” City and England captain Steph Houghton said.

“To have the chance to visit the U.S. with City and meet all our fans is something I know the team is looking forward to.”

FA Women’s Super League champions City begin their tour of the U.S. with a training camp at Portland, Oregon between July 21 and 26.

Nick Cushing’s side will be joined in the camp by girls from the Elite Clubs National League, the competitive league for youth female soccer players in the U.S.

“Everyone at City is looking forward to this summer’s pre-season tour to the U.S.,” said Gavin Makel, head of women’s football at City.

“Competing in an elite tournament is the best preparation for what will be another action-packed season for us.”

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Women’s Champions League Quarter Final First Leg - Manchester City vs Linkoping - Academy Stadium, Manchester, Britain - March 21, 2018 Manchester City's Nikita Parris celebrates scoring their first goal with Steph Houghton and teammates Action Images via Reuters/Craig Brough

Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Toby Davis/Sudipto Ganguly

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