Detroit’s 313 Presents Bringing International Soccer to Comerica Park This Summer – DBusiness Magazine
Detroit-based 313 Presents will host a pre-season match between English Premier League Club, Crystal Palace FC, and LaLiga’s Sevilla FC. The soccer match will take place at Comerica Park at 7 p.m. on July 30.
The match marks the return of international football to Comerica Park for the first time in six years. In July 2017, Comerica hosted its first-ever soccer match between AS Roma of the Italian Serie A League against Paris Saint-Germain of France’s Ligue 1 in the 2017 International Champions Cup tournament.
“We are thrilled to have international soccer return to Comerica Park for a match between two elite football clubs,” says Howard Handler, president of 313 Presents. “This match-up will provide metro Detroit’s soccer fans a unique opportunity to watch their favorite European clubs play once again in person.”
London-based Crystal Palace is currently placed 12th in the English Premier League and the Eagles will enter their 11th consecutive season in the top-flight of English football next season.
The club is currently managed by former England Men’s National Team manager Roy Hodgson and their squad features international players such as U.S. Men’s National Team player Chris Richards, England international Marc Guehi, Ghana’s Jordan Ayew and Jeffrey Schlupp, and Denmark’s Joachim Andersen. Palace’s team includes Premier League players Eberechi Eze and Michael Olise.
“We are absolutely delighted to return to the US for the first time since 2016,” says Steve Parish, chairman of Crystal Palace. “We have so many loyal supporters Stateside who regularly visit us in London, and even more who wake up early every weekend to watch on NBC, so it’ll be fantastic to play in front of them all against such strong opposition this July.”
Sevilla FC is one of Spain’s big six LaLiga clubs and the country’s second oldest club, dating back to 1890. It features players Jesús Navas, Croatian Ivan Rakitić, and three players from Argentina’s FIFA World Cup winning team, Gonzalo Montiel, Marcos Acuña, and Papu Gómez. The club has won every domestic title (Copa Andalucía, LaLiga, Copa de España and Supercopa de España) and won six UEFA Europa League trophies, which is a record.
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