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FC Barcelona News: 29 July 2015; US Tour Ends with Penalty Loss to Chelsea, Marc-Andre ter Stegen Nominated for Award

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The team are flying back to Barcelona | FC Barcelona
The first team are on their way back to Barcelona. The flight to take the party back to the Catalan capital took off in Washington at 7.15am CET and is expected to land around 3.00pm CET at El Prat Airport.

Defeat on penalties to round off US Tour for FC Barcelona (2-2, 4-2 pens) | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona and Chelsea FC put on a spectacular show of football on Tuesday night at FedExField just outside Washington DC in a friendly clash between European giants that had to be decided on penalty kicks.

The US Tour in figures | FC Barcelona
Barça's participation in the International Champions Cup on US soil has come to an end and so now is the time to pick out some choice facts and figures left behind.

Luis Enrique not too worried about results | FC Barcelona
Luis Enrique Martínez reacted positively to his side’s performance against Chelsea and their performances in general on the US Tour. "Against Chelsea we showed we could come back after going behind and I liked the team," he explained before leaving to catch a flight back to Barcelona. Below, we highlight some of his other post match comments.

Iniesta sees US Tour as positive | FC Barcelona
After the draw against Chelsea that rounded off the 2015 US Tour for Barça, the captain Andrés Iniesta summed up the trip across the Atlantic as a positive one. "There are positive things and others to improve, like at the start of every season. We are still trying to prepare ourselves as best we can through training sessions and matches and, beyond results, I think we have to be positive." He continued: "Once home, we will keep preparing for what’s coming, which is important."

Douglas out for two months | FC Barcelona
The Club's medical services have announced that Douglas has suffered a hamstring injury in his right leg. He is expected to be out for around eight weeks. The Barça defender was injured in the 16th minute of the first half and was immediately replaced by Sergi Roberto.

FC Barcelona supporters come out in US finale | FC Barcelona
Here in the US capital, the team has discovered fans that can never get enough. "Who are these people?" Asks a group of tourists waiting for the elevator in the W Hotel Washington, where the team is staying. "I think a team in soccer," replies one of them.

US Tour videoblog, part seven: Last sessions in America | FC Barcelona
The players are preparing to say farewell to the United States. They’ll be heading back across the Atlantic after the game with Chelsea and have trained twice ahead of that high-profile encounter. There have also been promotional events, such as the Meet & Greet d’Estrella Damm, which was attended by Aleix Vidal, Sergi Roberto, Andrés Iniesta and Jordi Alba.

Neuer and ter Stegen nominated for "Save of the Season 2014/15" | DFB
Germany is a bit of a gold mine when it comes to goalkeepers. World champion Manuel Neuer is the best keeper in the world, and Germany U21 international Marc-André ter Stegen lines up in goal for Champions League winners FC Barcelona. No surprise that both are held in high regard by UEFA – or that both have been nominated for "Save of the Season 2014/15", a vote that will run on until 27th August.

Luis Suárez shows off goalkeeping skills | FC Barcelona
The preseason tour is great chance for the players to start getting ready for the coming season. But it’s also the chance for us to get to see them in unfamiliar situations. One of those came when Luis Suárez played in goal during a training session at the Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. Does the Uruguayan pose a potential threat to Bravo, Ter Stegen and Masip?

Pedro Rodríguez turns 28 | FC Barcelona
Pedro Rodríguez is 28 today. The FC Barcelona forward celebrates his birthday on the final day of the team’s trip to the United States, with a game against Premiership champions Chelsea. There’s a long day ahead for him and his team-mates, for after the final whistle, they’re flying straight back to Barcelona, where they are expected to arrive at around 1.30pm on Wednesday 29.

Cardoner and Elías visit Penya Barcelonista de Washington DC | FC Barcelona
The Penya Barcelonista de Washington D.C. was founded in 2009 by just 15 members who until then had only been able to watch soccer matches on TV and didn’t even know each other. They have gone from strength to strength since then, and now gather about 200 people for each Barça game.

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