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FedEx Field to host the other kind of football in late July

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Yes, there definitely will be football in FedEx Field this year.

But not the kind we were hoping for.  Yet.

The Redskins have announced that Manchester United and FC Barcelona (not to be confused with FU Pamplona, a one-act play based on a man who was gored in the ass while running from a bull) will play on the “pitch” at FedEx Field.  The game is set for July 30, just about the time that defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth otherwise would be taking the Mike Shanahan conditioning test.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for American soccer fans to see two of the most prestigious clubs in the world playing each other in the United States,” Redskins Chief Marketing Officer Mitch Gershman said.  “We are honored to be the site of this match and proud to bring such a high-profile event for our season ticket holders and to the Washington D.C. region.”

Manchester United are (is?) owned by the Glazer family, which also owns the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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15 Responses to “FedEx Field to host the other kind of football in late July”
  1. ditkasmustache says: Mar 29, 2011 9:23 AM

    Don’t tell the PFT posters what these “football” players make in salary.

    They will have a collective stroke.

  2. canadianvikingfaniii says: Mar 29, 2011 9:29 AM

    The two most bandwagoned teams in club futbol.

  3. argel830 says: Mar 29, 2011 9:30 AM

    ‘are’ – you were right the first time.

  4. aequitas83 says: Mar 29, 2011 9:48 AM

    @ditkasmustache – Messi makes $31 million per year… Rooney a mere $20 million per year. Dwarfs NFLers, but the revenue these clubs generate is through the roof.

  5. p4ever says: Mar 29, 2011 9:54 AM

    Finally something exciting will happen at FedEx.

  6. thingamajig says: Mar 29, 2011 10:06 AM

    Shouldn’t be any problem getting tickets.

  7. 3octaveFart says: Mar 29, 2011 10:47 AM

    U.S. fans better start polishing their rioting skills, to make these guys feel at home.

  8. MichaelEdits says: Mar 29, 2011 11:18 AM

    Ochocinco! Ochocinco! I hear he knows how to tweet “gored in the ass” in three different languages.

    Manchester United are/is — If you want to stress their identity as a single team, use “is.” Americans usually do. If you want to focus on their plurality, as a collection of individuals, use “are.” And if you guessed that the British usually do, you win a free autographed copy of QBF.

    Oh, and this could work for the NFL owners, because sometimes they want to be one employer and sometimes they want to be 32 of them. We can invent a new “are/is” word just for them.

  9. texasphinsfan says: Mar 29, 2011 11:40 AM

    I think many don’t understand how much of a treat it is to see these two teams play.

    These are two of the best teams in the world. I’m actually considering flying to the East coast to catch this one. A lot easier than flying to Spain or England!

  10. stinkfingers says: Mar 29, 2011 12:01 PM

    Finally… Something at Fed-Ex thats more unwatchable than the Redskins.

  11. ravenfan820 says: Mar 29, 2011 12:05 PM

    (not to be confused with FU Pamplona, a one-act play based on a man who was gored in the ass while running from a bull)

    That may be the funniest thing you have written…..I spit my coke out while eating lunch and reading this

  12. tdrmoss84 says: Mar 29, 2011 12:05 PM

    Rooney will love Dupont Circle…lots of hookers! Go Red Devils!!!

  13. mrnumbe says: Mar 29, 2011 12:08 PM

    Problem with this game is; it’s a friendly. They are NOT going to play Messi, Iniesta, Rooney,, Villa etc for more than 45 minutes tops (I doubt most of them will even play).

    And they are definitely not going to go all out. Think of it as a preseason game. So do not get dissapointed if you don’t see the stars.

  14. moth25 says: Mar 29, 2011 12:43 PM

    Wait, I thought you weren’t allowed to refer to the Washington Football Club by name…or is Danny OK with it since you are promoting his event?

  15. realfann says: Mar 29, 2011 4:36 PM

    “is”

    Unless there are multiple Manchester Uniteds.

    Jeesh.

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