Barcelona has officially confirmed a friendly match against Club America in Dallas on December 21, strategically scheduled just before the players embark on their Christmas break. The showdown will unfold at the Cotton Bowl Stadium, presenting an opportunity for the Blaugrana to bolster their financial standing.
While initial discussions explored the possibility of slotting the match during weeks without other fixtures, the idea was dismissed by sporting directors due to concerns about potential strain on the team following an extensive journey. Barcelona is slated to travel to the United States post their LaLiga encounter with Almeria on December 20. The date clash might force them into playing two games on two consecutive days unless the fixture against Almeria is shifted to December 19, facilitating smoother travel arrangements.
The friendly is a financial lifeline for Barcelona, expecting to rake in approximately 5 million euros. Star players such as De Jong, Ter Stegen, Lewandowski, Pedri, Gavi, Joao Felix, and Cancelo are anticipated to grace the match. Following the U.S. sojourn, the players will indulge in a well-deserved vacation before their next LaLiga fixture against Las Palmas, scheduled for Wednesday, January 3, though subject to possible date adjustments.
Looking ahead, Barcelona faces Rayo Vallecano in Matchday 14 of the 2023/24 LaLiga season, with the away match taking place at Vallecas. Rayo Vallecano presently holds the 10th position in the standings, boasting four wins, six draws, and recorded losses. Barcelona, positioned third, trails Girona and Real Madrid by four and two points, respectively. Their quest to surpass these rivals unfolds on Saturday, November 25.