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Premier League Summer Series Returns in America

Premier League clubs have long used preseason friendlies in America to prepare for preseason competition, and this summer marks the inaugural Premier League Summer Series, held from July 22 to 30 at stadiums in Atlanta, Harrison, Orlando, Philadelphia, and Landover, Maryland. Often, the Amazing fact about Soccer Victor.

1. Brighton & Hove Albion

After an absence of one year, England’s Premier League Summer Series returns this week for its inaugural event in America. Six Premier League clubs, including Aston Villa, Brighton & Hove Albion, Brentford, Chelsea, and Newcastle United, will compete in nine matches across five locations on the East Coast of America between July 22 and 30, with live coverage provided by NBC Sports and Peacock.

Last season, Brighton defied expectations and finished in the top half of the table despite considerable odds against them – yet more work must be done for Brighton to regain its former place among England’s elite football.

Brighton’s players are truly remarkable in their capacity for regeneration; when one-star leaves, another step up quickly to fill his/her place. Last season alone, they managed to overcome losing Graham Potter, Enock Mwepu, Marc Cucurella, Yves Bissouma, and Leandro Trossard and still achieve prominence—winning their first qualification for Europe and rising up the table.

This summer, Chris Hughton has carefully constructed his Seagulls team in preparation for the European football competition. Joao Pedro joins Bart Verbruggen, James Milner, and Mahmoud Dahoud as midfield players who can challenge European opposition.

Brighton stands out with their unique “half transition, half possession” philosophy – something no other club in modern football has fully articulated. Their distinctive approach has produced some of the most thrilling football in the Premier League this season, as evidenced by their ability to control over 60.5 percent of possession while scoring at an astounding rate – something they will need to perfect again this summer if they hope to make an impression in Europa League competition.

2. Fulham

The Premier League will bring a taste of England to America this summer with its inaugural summer series featuring six clubs. Nine matches will take place across Philadelphia, Atlanta, Orlando, New Jersey, and Maryland before concluding with a three-legged final. Premier League referees will also travel Stateside to work alongside American officiating crews.

Chelsea won its inaugural trophy on Sunday when it defeated Fulham 2-0 at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland. Thiago Silva opened up scoring for Chelsea after heading home Ben Chilwell’s in-swinging corner, with Christopher Nkunku adding some insurance four minutes later after Carney Chukwuemeka’s shot was parried into his path.

Nkunku became the first player in preseason history to score two goals for Mauricio Pochettino and lead his side to their inaugural trophy of the season – as their Premier League Champions took three wins on their tour of America and emerged victorious overall, outshone by Aston Villa (second on goal difference) and Newcastle (third).

This tournament featured several different venues ranging from more minor soccer-specific stadiums to NFL stadiums in Philadelphia, Atlanta, and Maryland. Double-headers on Wednesday and Sunday helped draw crowds together, and some Premier League fans even came out specifically to watch both matches!

Tickets to all Premier League Summer Series matches can now be purchased via Ticketmaster and SeatGeek. Early access registrations will receive an email on Tuesday, April 25, and the general sale will begin on Wednesday, April 26. Complete ticketing information can be found on the Premier League’s website.

3. Aston Villa

Although Aston Villa lost two of their three Premier League Summer Series games under new manager Unai Emery, they showed much promise under his watch. Last season was Villa’s best finish in years; with optimism surrounding this coming campaign.

Emery used the club’s US tour – featuring matches in Orlando, Harrison, Philadelphia, and Washington DC – as an opportunity to gauge his new-look side against some of Europe’s leading teams. One player who may not even have been on his squad back in August caught people’s eye in Florida.

Nicolas Jackson, recently signed from Watford for PS8m, stole the show against Chelsea in Philadelphia. The 22-year-old scored and provided two assists, with Mykhailo Mudryk setting up one goal thanks to an exceptional one-two with Nicolas, as well as offering calmness around the box.

Abou Diaby’s performance also buoyed Villa. Emery employed the Ivory Coast international on both left wing and centre back duties; working alongside Pau Torres to help Villa recover from an early deficit against Brentford.

Villa’s versatility could be key as they aim to break into Europe’s elite competitions. Emery wants his side to take full advantage of quick transitions, while Jackson and Diaby provide them with pace and dribbling ability that may prove invaluable for Emery.

4. Newcastle United

Aston Villa, Brighton & Hove Albion, Fulham, Chelsea, and Newcastle United will travel to five US states from July 23-30 for the inaugural Premier League summer series in America. Each club will play three matches over nine days from their arrival date; no two clubs will face each other twice.

These games should prove more impactful than regular friendly tours or preseason tournaments like the International Champions Cup – which featured Manchester United and Arsenal last year but was still far less well attended than Premier League matches here in America. This tournament should give a significant boost to six English clubs that play here while drawing fans outside their city of play.

Due to early weeknight starts and lower-tier competition in Atlanta, Brentford-Brighton attracted a smaller-than-anticipated crowd; however, attendance steadily grew throughout the night. A similar dynamic may play out at Philadelphia, where Newcastle takes on Aston Villa, and Chelsea takes on Fulham in two consecutive matches.

It will also be fascinating to witness how clubs fare when performing in front of an enthusiastic stadium crowd in America, much as audiences have shown their excitement for European clubs. Attendance figures should remain high.

Sky Sports will air all nine matches live from Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Exploria Stadium in Orlando, Red Bull Arena Harrison, New Jersey, and FedEx Field Landover Maryland on Sky Sports for those in the UK, Ireland, or the USA who subscribe to its services; supporters outside these regions can access them free through NUFC TV.

5. Brentford

Six Premier League clubs made a special trip across the pond this summer to compete in America’s inaugural Preseason Tournament. The Premier League Summer Series took place from 22 to 30 July across Philadelphia, Atlanta, Orlando, Harrison, NJ, and Landover, Maryland, with Chelsea, Aston Villa, Brighton Hove Albion, Fulham, and Newcastle United all participating to build fitness ahead of the 2023-24 Premier League Season.

Though only providing a glimpse into what will come when hosting Premier League matches in America, each club’s fans were welcoming and enthusiastic. A total of 105,360 filled Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia for two games—Chelsea took on Brentford while Fulham faced Newcastle—making this occasion many fans’ first time seeing their clubs face each other, and many were shocked by the level of American support for the Premier League.

The second week of matches saw smaller crowds at early Tuesday night games between Brentford and Brighton in Atlanta; however, seats quickly filled as the evening progressed. An 8:00 pm Friday night match in Boston also drew an admirable turnout, and Exploria Stadium nearly saw all its seats filled up for Newcastle-Brighton and Chelsea-Newcastle matches, respectively; finally, FedExField in Landover, Maryland, saw one of its lowest attendance rates of all venues.

Fans without direct access to the venues were fortunate that every match was streamed live via NBC Sports’ Peacock platform, offering free 30-day trials or annual subscriptions starting from $20. Additionally, linear TV broadcasts of the final three matches of the competition will determine the finalists based on points earned over their three fixtures, goal difference, and head-to-head record.