A delegation of Borussia Dortmund officials and staff have spent this week in the USA preparing for several events in the United States in which the eight-time German champions are going to participate in the future.
In addition to concrete talks with the organisers of the International Champions Cup, in which BVB will most probably play two matches in July as part of their preparations for the new season, there are concrete plans for a friendly match against the newly-founded club Los Angeles FC (LAFC), who play their football in the North American Major Soccer League (MLS).
Led by Carsten Cramer, the BVB Director for Sales & Marketing, the delegation in Los Angeles was impressed by the conditions at the Banc of California Stadium. The exact time and date for the fixture still depend, among other things, on the MLS calendar as well as some third-party events, but the main factor in determining when the friendly will take place is whether Borussia Dortmund are involved in the UEFA Europa League final at the end of the current season.
"Following an intense working week in the USA, we feel a bit better prepared for the challenge of getting to know another new region, the USA, and winning over the people there by making a favourable impression of the entire club of Borussia Dortmund," said Carsten Cramer, adding: "But we hope, and also believe there are positive indications, that the people in the USA are also excited at the prospect of receiving their first visit from BVB, including the entire first team and Christian Pulisic, the US Footballer of the Year."
Cramer believes it is an "honour", which he is "extremely delighted" about, to have received a third consecutive invitation to participate in the ICC: "Our increasing presence in this tournament series, which involves the most famous and successful football clubs in the world, underlines how important Borussia Dortmund has become on a sporting level."
Special ticket allocations will be available to BVB fans interested in attending either of the matches at the ICC or the friendly match against LAFC. More information about the dates, the venues and the opposition at the ICC will be made available shortly.