Liverpool travel to North America for the first time in eight years as the Reds prepare for the new season with friendly matches against Toronto FC, AS Roma and Tottenham Hotspur. The match against Toronto will also mark Brendan Rodgers’ first match in charge of Liverpool.
The tour will see Liverpool travel to Toronto, Canada to face Paul Mariner’s Toronto FC on July 21, followed by a trip down to Boston to Fenway Park where Fabio Borini’s former club AS Roma will provide the opposition on July 25. Finally, Tottenham Hotspur – under new manager Andre Villas-Boas – are our opponents at the M&T Stadium in Baltimore on July 28.
Toronto FC were officially unveiled as Toronto’s first professional soccer club in May 2006 and began competing in the Major League Soccer (MLS) in April 2007, joining the Eastern Conference – and in doing so became the first club outside of the United States to join the league.
The Reds, as they are also known, finished 2007 and 2008 bottom of the Eastern Conference before achieving their best-placed finish of fifth in 2009 and 2010. In 2011, Toronto finished eighth, one position and five points above bottom side New England Revolution. Paul Mariner’s side currently sit bottom of the Eastern Conference although they have won their last two matches, against Vancouver (3-2) and New England (1-0).
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