Manchester United, the U.K. soccer team that claims 1.1 billion fans and followers, has set a date to play in Mission Valley.
Rising stars from Manchester United’s academy will take on Wrexham AFC at 7:30 p.m. July 25 at Snapdragon Stadium as part of Manchester United’s 2023 tour.
The match will be part of a weeklong training camp in San Diego.
The “youth focused” Manchester United squad will be given a chance to play under manager Erik ten Hag.
There is a local business link. Manchester United has a multiyear strategic collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies Inc., part of San Diego-based Qualcomm Inc. (NASDAQ: QCOM). The partnership features the Snapdragon brand.
The relationship was announced in August. As part of the relationship, Qualcomm is advising Manchester United on improvements to its stadium, Old Trafford. Qualcomm and Manchester United will create unique events and experiences powered by Snapdragon platforms.
Manchester United ambassador Andrew Cole and Wrexham AFC Chairman Rob McElhenney appeared in San Diego to announce the July 25 match. They were joined by Qualcomm Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Don McGuire and San Diego City Council President Pro Tem Monica Montgomery-Steppe.
Manchester United bills itself as one of the most popular and successful sports teams in the world, with a 145-year heritage and 67 major trophies.