Our beloved Reds will be making their way across this pond for 2024. They’ll play three preseason contests in the United States. The first two matches will take place in Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia respectively. The closing match of the tour will be in Columbia, South Carolina.

Below is a bit of information about the matches that take place between July 26th and August 3rd. But more importantly, there will be links to resources that we here at American Scouser are excited to provide to those making the trek to see Liverpool in the flesh stateside. Each stop on the tour will have its own channel in our official Discord. Those channels will have representatives from the local OLSCs in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and Columbia. The goal is to amplify the experience by connecting fans to find meet-ups, learn local spots to rub shoulders with fellow supporters and continue to build the American Scouser community.

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LIVERPOOL vs REAL BETIS
FRIDAY 7/26/2024, 7:30PM ET

The opening stop in the LFC American Tour 2024 is in Pittsburgh at Acrisure Stadium. It has been a while since the home of the Steelers has played host to a match with two teams of this caliber. Those who went to that game back in 2018 will notice a significant decrease in large bottles of ketchup looming above once you reach your seats.

Real Betis finished 7th in La Liga this season. That finish was good enough to put them in the qualifying pool for the 2024-25 Europa Conference League. Premier League fans will see a lot of familiar names strewn across the Betis roster.

We probably won’t see former Leicester & Newcastle forward Ayoze Perez after being on international duty with Spain at the Euros. The man who made way for Gareth Bale in the 2018 Champions League final, Isco, will be sidelined recovering from an end-of-season injury. However, speaking of 2018, Betis captain Nabil Fekir, the midfielder whose transfer to Liverpool evaporated during the dying embers of the transfer window could very well feature in Pittsburgh.

PITTSBURGH PRE-SEASON DISCORD CHANNEL
OLSC PITTSBURGH SPOTLIGHT PAGE

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LIVERPOOL vs ARSENAL
WEDNESDAY 7/31/2024, 7:00 PM ET

The City of Brotherly Love will host second and third in the Premier League table from this past year. There could be several new faces potentially on both sides of this fixture if you want to believe the footballing dirtsheets.

Liverpool ticked every box in the standings against Arsenal this past season. It began with a 1-1 draw at Anfield mired in controversy after an ungiven handball. The next was a statement victory in the FA Cup with two late goals and some brave play from our youngsters. A 3-1 defeat at the Emirates still holds up as a one-off given the results that followed, but ultimately provided the blueprint to knock the Reds off their quadruple-chasing horse.

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Lincoln Financial Field, the home of the Eagles, will provide a brilliant atmosphere for fans. The pitch will be nice and fresh as it won’t host any Copa America contests the month prior. Speaking of that tournament, two of the Gunners’ Gabriels (Martinelli and Magalhaes) will be coming back from Brazilian duty shortly before this fixture. Arsenal will also be plenty busy at the Euros with 11 players represented. Who comes back in time, as well as who comes into the squad, remains to be seen.

PHILADELPHIA PRE-SEASON DISCORD CHANNEL
OFFICIAL OLSC PHILADELPHIA WEBSITE
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LIVERPOOL vs MANCHESTER UNITED
SATURDAY 8/3/2024, 7:30 PM ET

The eternal rivalry between Liverpool and Manchester United comes to the States in the final match-up of the 2024 USA Tour. While it feels out of place to have Columbia, South Carolina be the end of the road for LFC’s summer sojourn, the University of South Carolina’s Williams-Brice Stadium will provide ample room for this to be a raucous occasion, even for a friendly. SEC football means big houses and this one can bring in 80,000 or so.

Needless to say, United put a damp blanket at the tail end of Liverpool’s campaign. An unceremonious exit from the FA Cup, a draw that began the downward spiral in the league, and an inability to take any points off Arsenal or City left Klopp’s farewell term a bit flat. With Erik ten Hag now seemingly staying in charge of the Red Devils, it’ll be interesting to see the makeup of the team that shows up in South Carolina. Hopefully, this pre-season contest goes markedly better than the last time the two met in the summer, a 4-0 United victory. That was back in 2022 in Thailand in ten Hag’s first match in charge.

The Euros and Copa America will be long over by the time this fixture is played. However, the Premier League season will start just two weeks afterward. While you can’t always take friendlies at face value, this match can be a looking glass into how Arne Slot’s side will line up come the 2024-25 season. The EPL schedule will be released on Tuesday, June 18th. Each side’s first opponent could also be a factor as to who we see in SC.

COLUMBIA PRE-SEASON DISCORD CHANNEL
OLSC SOUTH CAROLINA X PAGE
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