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Arsenal-Everton to play at M&T Bank Stadium this summer

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Posted at 12:24 PM, May 10, 2022

BALTIMORE — Soccer is coming to M&T Bank Stadium this summer. The Baltimore Ravens will host The Charm City Match, a pre-season match between English Premier League clubs, Arsenal and Everton.

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.

This match builds on the region's momentum for its World Cup bid.

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The match is taking place on Saturday, July 16 at 7 p.m.

"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 in a release.

"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."

It's been a decade since the English Premier League last played in Baltimore a decade ago when Liverpool and Tottenham faced off in summer 2012.

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."

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.

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."

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.