MNUFC vs. EVERTON F.C.
Allianz Field | St. Paul, Minnesota
07.23.2022 | International Friendly
7:00 p.m. CT (Bally Sports North and ESPN+)
The Black and Blue outshined the Black and Red on Saturday night. With an added spotlight performance from the Week 21 MLS Player of the Week, Mr. Emanuel Reynoso, putting away both goals in the Loons a 2-0 win over D.C. Next up, MNUFC has an exciting midweek matchup against Premier League side, Everton F.C. Everton is currently preparing for the 2022-2023 season with a two-game tour in the US of A. Last week, Everton played the first of these two games on Saturday where they they lost 0-2 to fellow EPL side, Arsenal at M&T Bank Stadium. The Toffees now make their way over to Minnesota to face an MNUFC squad that is lead by Everton legend, Adrian Heath. For those who are unaware, Heath played for the PL side from 1982-1988. In that time, he made 226 appearances, scored 71 goals and won multiple trophies for the Toffees. (To hear more about Gaffer's time at Everton, Everton manager Frank Lampard's thoughts pre-season and more, click HERE). Wednesday's game will mark the first meeting of these two teams and is sure to bring all of the action. For Everton, it will be a chance to bounce back from a disappointing loss over the weekend and build some much needed momentum going into the new season. For MNUFC, it will be a chance to prove that they can hang with the big dogs from the UK in front of their fans. MORE
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Not a single season of top-flight English football has gone by without Everton. The first club to play over one hundred seasons at the highest level of English football. They are legendary. They are respected. They are Everton.
While this past season marked the 118th-year in a row of playing at the highest levels of competition, the 119th season was looking less and less likely. The Toffees first season under new head man and English football legend, Frank Lampard, was trending towards the unthinkable: relegation.
Over the pond, this is a horrifying word. Nightmare-inducing, even. For the casual American soccer fan, it’s like being demoted by the league you play within for not being competitive enough to finish outside of the bottom three clubs in the league. In most cases, no American sports fan has to be concerned with that happening to the team they root for. Can you even imagine the Yankees having a down year and being shipped off to the minor leagues (as amazing as that would be)? Or if after last season, the Lakers would be gearing up to do battle with the rest of the G League (which would also be amazing)? READ MORE
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Soccer is the world’s sport. The fan experience is unlike anything else, whether you’re traveling to every game with your team or watching from home in the wee hours of the morning on the other side of the globe. For Everton fans in the United States, it’s always been the latter. While the MNUFC v. Everton friendly at Allianz Field on July 20 will provide a rare chance to watch in person, most Toffees match days take place awfully far away from here. That’s where Everton Supporters Clubs come in to bridge the gap.
With more than 45 registered groups around the US, and many more around the world, this network of Everton Supporters Clubs exists to connect people with their favorite club and try to bring a taste of Goodison to every Toffee fan. The people involved with this group do so in the spirit of community and mutual love for the game, and they come from all over. READ MORE