We are so close to watching Barcelona again. The frenzy of the elections is almost over, and the true stars of the company, the players, return to the field next week.
The Treble-winning squad led by Luis Enrique will travel to the United States for a three-game preseason tour under the label of the International Champions Cup, featuring encounters with the LA Galaxy, Manchester United, and Chelsea. It will be a good chance to watch the whole team play, including some Barça B youngsters who will get a shot at playing some important minutes.
All five Copa América Blaugrana players (Claudio Bravo, Javier Mascherano, Dani Alves, Neymar Jr. and Lionel Messi) will return to Barcelona, and will probably get on the plane, but are not expected to enter the pitch in american soil. A total of six B-teamers will join the seniors. Despite not being allowed to play due to the FIFA transfer ban, Aleix Vidal and Arda Turan, the two new club signings, are in the squad to continue to adapt to the new environment of the Catalan giants.
This is the full 24-man squad for the trip:
Marc-André ter Stegen, Jordi Masip, José Suárez, Gerard Piqué, Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets, Pedro Rodríguez, Andrés Iniesta, Luis Suárez, Rafinha Alcântara, Marc Bartra, Douglas Pereira, Jordi Alba, Sergi Roberto, Adriano Correia, Dani Alves, Thomas Vermaelen, Jérémy Mathieu, Arda Turan, Aleix Vidal, Sandro Ramírez, Munir El-Haddadi, Alen Halilovic, Sergi Samper, Gumbau
The group travels to the U.S. on Sunday, and the first game against the Galaxy is on Wednesday.