Manchester City touched down in Los Angeles over the weekend and it was off to work, especially off the field.
The club, initially founded in 1880, hosted a soccer festival Sunday at the Boys and Girls Club in East Los Angeles, interacting with young fans in a soccer skills challenge competition.
This is the club’s first time in Los Angeles since 2011, and the goal now is the same as it was then.
“Every market is heavily competed for, all over the world,” Manchester City defender and captain Vincent Kompany said. “You have to get and show why you’re better than the other clubs.”
“Wherever we visit on tour, it’s always important for the players to get out into the local community and meet with our fans.”
There is certainly competition every year during the preseason for the European clubs as they flock to the U.S.
This year, the number of teams migrating to Southern California has been sparse, but their brand is known worldwide. Manchester United set up camp at UCLA. Real Madrid, Manchester City’s opponent Wednesday night, did the same days later.
Manchester City will face Real Madrid at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum in the lone Southern California stop for the International Champions Cup (8:30 p.m., ESPN2) in front of a crowd expected to exceed 75,000.
“They’re the best team in the world at the moment,” Kompany said. “You get to test yourself and see how you match up.”
Manchester City is coming off of a third-place finish in the English Premier League last season. Yet, that was widely considered a disappointment.
“I think it was a good experience,” Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola said of his first season in charge. “And hopefully, this season it can be better.”
Manchester City began its U.S. Tour in Houston with a Manchester Derby meeting against rivals Manchester United. The club has trained at the StubHub Center since landing in Los Angeles.
“It was very warm, but we had some good training,” Kompany said of the start of…