The match forms part of Arsenal’s three-match tour to the East Coast of the United States this year with the other matches taking place in Florida in July. Everton will also be stateside as part of their pre- season preparations and marks their ninth pre-season visit to the US since 2004. This match builds on the region’s momentum for its World Cup bid.
Pre-sale of tickets starts today for Ravens PSL owners and club supporter groups, and tickets will be available to the general public starting Thursday, May 12, through TicketMaster starting at 10 a.m. ET.
“We are thrilled to host the Charm City Match and to bring Arsenal and Everton to M&T Bank Stadium,” Baltimore Ravens President Sashi Brown stated. “Our city and region have a proven passion for soccer, and the English Premier League is world class. This is not only a terrific event to showcase Baltimore, but it will further bolster the region’s already strong World Cup bid.”
The English Premier League last played in Baltimore a decade ago when Liverpool and Tottenham faced off at M&T Bank Stadium during the summer of 2012. Other past notable friendlies at the stadium included Chelsea vs. AC Milan in 2009 – in which Everton manager Frank Lampard played – and Manchester City vs. Inter Milan in 2010.
Arsenal Manager Mikel Arteta said, “We’re excited to be travelling to Baltimore for a fixture against one of my former clubs, Everton. We’ve heard all about Baltimore’s friendly reputation, it’ll be a great occasion in a world-class stadium, and we can’t wait to see our fans there. We’re very pleased to see our pre-season schedule taking shape with a series of matches against strong opposition. Our U.S. fans hold a special place in our heart and we’re looking forward to playing in front of them.”
Everton Manager Frank Lampard said, “We are very excited to visit Baltimore this summer. As well as using the incredible facilities in preparation for next season, the visit will give us an opportunity to connect with our proud and passionate US fanbase. In my short time at the Club, I have learned how Everton is one of the most-followed English clubs in the USA. Having spent part of my playing career on the East Coast – and playing at M&T Bank Stadium myself in 2009 – I know how much excitement there is for football in the United States, and it is continually on the rise. Fans in the Mid-Atlantic region are among the most passionate in the country. Their enthusiasm, combined with the travelling support of Evertonians from the UK and across the Americas, means this has the makings of an outstanding visit.”
In the coming weeks, the Ravens will announce ways in which they will further engage with the community to build excitement for the match.
About Arsenal Football Club
Arsenal Football Club was born when a group of workers at Dial Square armaments factory in Woolwich, notably exiled Scotsman David Danskin and Jack Humble, decided to form a football team to break the monotony of factory life.
Since that Dial Square team played its first match against Eastern Wanderers in 1886, Arsenal has gone on to become one of London’s most successful football clubs and one of the most famous names in modern football with millions of passionate followers worldwide.
Steeped in history and tradition, Arsenal Football Club has thrived on a pioneering and innovative spirit that has existed throughout its 133 years in existence. While society and football may have changed during this time, Arsenal has always served to create a sense of community for people in Islington, across the UK and now around the world.
About Everton Football Club
Everton Football Club is an English professional association football club based in Liverpool that competes in the English Premier League. A founding member of the Football League in 1888, Everton has competed in the top division for a record 118 seasons, having missed only four top-flight seasons. The Club is the second-longest continuous serving club in English top-flight football and ranks third in the all-time points rankings. Everton has won nine league titles, five FA Cups, one European Cup Winners’ Cup and nine Charity Shields. The club’s supporters are known as “Evertonians” or “Blues”.
Everton plays its home matches at Goodison Park where they have been based since 1892, with work now underway on an iconic new 52,888-capacity waterfront stadium at Liverpool’s Bramley-Moore Dock. The site of the current ground is also set to become a mixed-use community asset, with new public spaces, housing, and health and wellbeing facilities.
The Club’s award-winning charity Everton in the Community leads the way in football, running more than 40 programmes covering a range of social issues, while Blue Family, its COVID-19 response provided life-saving support to more than 31, 500 individuals and families in crisis.
Known by its passionate US fanbase as ‘America’s Team’, Everton is one of the most-followed Premier League clubs in the USA. It now has more than 55 supporters’ clubs across the US – meaning there is at least one Everton supporters’ club in every state in the US.
Everton has had several former US stars as part of their roster over the years, including Landon Donovan, Brian McBride, Joe Max-Moore and former USMNT goalkeeper Tim Howard, a legend of the Club from 2007-2016 and Everton’s record Premier League appearance holder. Howard is now Everton’s official Everton in the USA ambassador.
Everton Soccer Schools, designed by club coaches for 4-18 year-olds, are set to take place in 16 US states this summer (California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas and Wisconsin).
The Club’s Everton International Academy Affiliate Programme (EIAAP), which provides soccer clubs at all levels access to support and the curriculum of Everton’s renowned Academy, has a number of US partners. These include Columbus United SC (Ohio, USA), FC Highland (Florida, USA), J Schulz Academy (Florida, USA), and Clifton Park (New York, USA).
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