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Barcelona announces preseason trip to U.S.

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Barcelona is to tour the United States as part of its preseason calendar next summer, with games planned against Manchester United, AC Milan and Mexican team America.

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The Catalan club said on its website Thursday that the club will also play in Munich, Germany and Split, Croatia.

The United match is scheduled for July 30 in Washington D.C., with the game against Milan on Aug. 3 in Miami. The tour will conclude in Dallas on Aug. 6 with Barcelona taking on America.

The club hopes the six-date tour, which includes three matches in Europe before the team departs for the U.S., will net Barcelona ?6.2 million ($8.1 million).

Barcelona toured the U.S. as part its preseason preparations in 2008 and 2009.

The team is likely to be without forward Lionel Messi, right back Daniel Alves and midfielder Javier Mascherano because of the Copa America in Argentina, which ends July 24. Messi and Mascherano are regulars on Argentina's national team and Daniel Alves on Brazil's.

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