Toronto FC announced Wednesday that the club will host a friendly match against Barclays Premier League club Manchester City FC on Wednesday, May 27 at BMO Field with a 7:30 p.m. kick-off.
“We are very excited to play Manchester City at BMO Field this season. Hosting a club like Manchester City is a great opportunity for our players to compete against one of the biggest clubs in the world,” said Toronto FC General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko. “In addition, to our home opener on May 10, the Amway Canadian Championship and a number of home matches through the spring and summer, BMO Field will also play host to the CONCACAF Gold Cup giving fans an exciting summer of soccer in Toronto.”
Founded in 1880 as St. Mark’s (West Gorton), the club officially became known as Manchester City in 1894. Manchester City is regarded as one of the top teams in England having won four First Division/Premier League titles, most recently during the 2013-14 season. In addition, the club has won five FA Cups, three Football League Cups, four FA Community Shield’s and one UEFA Cup Winners Cup. Currently, Manchester City sits fourth in the Barclays Premier League, trailing Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United. The club is led by manager Manuel Pellegrini and a roster featuring Argentine international Sergio Agüero, Spanish international David Silva, captain and Belgian international Vincent Kompany, and England’s starting goalkeeper Joe Hart.
Ferran Soriano, Chief Executive of Manchester City FC, said: “We are very excited about the game against Toronto FC. We know from our visit to Vancouver in 2011 the passion for the Club which exists in Canada. We have a very active supporters’ group in Toronto, and are looking forward to bringing our team to showcase their talents to our fans there.”
Tickets will be available with a special pre-sale window for Toronto FC season seat holders beginning today (Wednesday, April 8). Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Thursday, April 16. For more details or to purchase tickets, visit www.torontofc.ca or call (416)-360-GOAL (4625).