Barcelona will continue their preparations for the 2022-23 campaign with a pre-season friendly against MLS outfit Inter Miami on Tuesday night.
The Catalan outfit played out a 1-1 draw with Olot in their pre-season opener on July 13, while Inter Miami recorded a 3-2 victory over Charlotte FC in the MLS on Saturday night.
Inter Miami will enter this match off the back of a brilliant comeback-victory over Charlotte on Saturday evening, with Phil Neville‘s side coming from two goals behind to win 3-2 – Emerson Rodriguez netting the game’s decisive fifth goal in the 93rd minute of the contest.
The result moved the Herons into ninth position in the Eastern Conference, boasting 25 points from their opening 20 matches of the campaign.
Inter Miami will be back in MLS action against New York City on July 23 but will first take on a European giant in a glamour friendly, with Barcelona making the trip to the DRV PNK Stadium.
Neville’s side have the likes of DeAndre Yedlin, Kieran Gibbs and Gonzalo Higuain in their squad, with the latter coming off the bench to find the back of the net against Charlotte last time out.
The Miami outfit, who were only founded in 2018, are part-owned by David Beckham, and the club continue to be linked with the world’s biggest players, including the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
“My team and myself think it’s the biggest match in the club’s history,” Neville told reporters ahead of the contest. “First time this stadium has ever been sold out for an Inter Miami game.”
Barcelona, meanwhile, opened their preparations for the new campaign with a 1-1 draw against Olot on July 13, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on the scoresheet for the Catalan giants.
Xavi‘s side have now made the trip to the United States, where they will take on Inter Miami, Real Madrid, Juventus and New York Red Bulls as part of their pre-season tour.
Barcelona will then face Pumas in the Joan Gamper Trophy on August 7 before opening their 2022-23 La Liga campaign at home to Rayo Vallecano on August 13.
Despite their financial problems, the Catalan side have made some huge moves in the transfer market this summer, bringing in Raphinha and Robert Lewandowski from Leeds United and Bayern Munich respectively, while Franck Kessie and Andreas Christensen have arrived on free transfers.
The club are under pressure to make a big sale this summer in order to balance the books, with Frenkie de Jong still bring strongly linked with a switch to Manchester United, but it is believed that the Netherlands international is still refusing to leave Camp Nou.