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Huge international soccer match set for Raymond James Stadium this August

a group of soccer players in red kits pose on the field
Photo: West Ham United (Facebook)
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West Ham United just announced that the men’s first team will visit Florida for the first time for a two-match Sunshine State Tour this summer. The team will have a match against the Crystal Palace Eagles at Raymond James Stadium on Saturday, August 3 at 7pm.​

They also have a match set at EverBank Stadium in Jacksonville on Saturday, July 27 at 7pm. Palace and Wolves will play in between, with the top-performing team being presented with the Stateside Cup.

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Tickets, including seats in the designated West Ham United Blocks, are on sale and can be purchased online. Westham United will also host a special open practice on Thursday, August 1. That venue has yet to be revealed, but you can reserve your free spot in advance.

a group of soccer players celebrate on the field
Photo: Crystal Palace FC (Facebook)

Tampa Bay is a big soccer region

West Ham United competes in the Premier League, the top tier of English football. The club plays at the London Stadium, having moved from their former home, the Boleyn Ground, in 2016. West Ham United was founded in 1895 as Thames Ironworks and reformed in 1900 as West Ham United.

Crystal Palace became professional in 1905 and has since gone on to enjoy over 115 years of professional existence, first reaching England’s top-flight in 1969. They are currently managing their longest spell there, consolidating their Premier League status for the first time in 2013/14.

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The soccer culture in Tampa Bay is heating up. The Rowdies season is well underway, and soon the city’s new Pro Women’s Soccer team, Tampa Bay Sun, will take the field.

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