MNUFC to host historic Premier League side Everton FC for international friendly
Minnesota United announced today that it will host one of the most prestigious clubs in the English Premier League – Everton FC – for an international friendly on Wednesday, July 20 at 7:00 p.m. CT.
Tickets for this special game will go on sale to the general public on May 23, but fans can get early access to this game, as well as the last three home games of the regular season, with the Big-Game Bundle.
The match will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for fans of both teams due to an important bond Everton shares with current MNUFC head coach Adrian Heath. The Loons manager enjoyed an incredibly successful playing career as a striker for Everton from 1982 to 1988 and was a vital member of the team during one of Everton’s most successful runs in the 1980s .
A club-record signing, he made 308 appearances, scored 94 goals and played a crucial role in helping Everton win two league titles in 1985 and 1987 as well as winning the FA Cup in 1984 and the FA Cup. UEFA European Cup winners in 1985.
“We are thrilled to be able to bring the best of world football to our Minnesota football community,” said MNUFC CEO Shari Ballard. “Not only are Everton a legendary club, but their meaningful history with Adrian will add an extra dimension of fun to the game. As well as this game, we have a fantastic lineup of football coming to Allianz Field throughout the month. summer, including another international friendly against SC Paderborn 07 in June and the MLS All-Star Game in August. We look forward to sharing all of these experiences with our fans and community.”
Everton Football Club is one of the most famous clubs in English football. Formed in 1878, the club was one of the founding members of the Football League in 1888, and won its first title, the League Championship, in the 1890-91 season. Everton have competed in the Premier League for a record 118 seasons, having missed just four top-flight seasons. The club is the second oldest club in top-flight English football, ranking third in points all-time. The club’s supporters are known as ‘Evertonians’, ‘Toffees’ or ‘Blues’.
“To say I’m excited would be an understatement,” said former Everton striker and current MNUFC head coach Adrian Heath. “Everyone knows my feelings towards the club, the best thing that has happened in my life as a footballer was playing for Everton. I couldn’t be more excited to welcome them to Minnesota. It will be a great occasion at Allianz Field, and I know we will have incredible fan support. They have an incredible traveling fanbase and I have no doubt they will bring their voice to Saint Paul. It’s an honor to welcome one of the best world football clubs.
In his first full season at Goodison Park, Heath quickly became a Toffees favourite, finishing as the club’s top scorer with 18 goals in all competitions. He continued to be a source of consistency, scoring double figures in every campaign until 1987/88, despite a few serious injuries during that period preventing him from playing as many games as he would have liked. Heath’s outstanding career with the club was recognized in 2018, when he became the club’s latest legend to be named an Everton Giant (the club’s hall of famer).
Richard Kenyon, Everton’s Director of Communications, Revenue and International Growth, said: “We are committed to strengthening our presence in the United States as a key part of our international strategy, and we look forward to engage with our American supporters – and create new ones – when we visit Minnesota in July. We understand the dedication of our American fans, many of whom watch games early in the morning, travel for hours across the country to meet other Blues to support the team, and many visit Goodison Park when they can. We greatly appreciate this support and look forward to working with fans to design exciting activities for US-based Blues and those traveling from the UK. This game will see us play against strong opposition in an excellent stadium and, of course, give us the chance to come together and face a team managed by former Blue Adrian Heath – a true Everton legend.
Everton manager Frank Lampard said: “As well as using the incredible facilities in preparation for next season, this visit will give us the opportunity to connect with our proud and passionate American fanbase. During my short time at the club I learned that Everton are one of the most followed English clubs in the US Having spent part of my playing career on the East Coast I know how exciting football is in the United States and it continues to increase.
Known to their passionate American fans as ‘America’s Team’, Everton are one of the most followed Premier League clubs in the United States. It now has over 55 supporters’ clubs across the United States – or at least one Everton supporters’ club in every state in the United States. The Club also opened its first US office in Miami in April 2021.
Everton have had several former American stars in their roster over the years, including Landon Donovan, Brian McBride, Joe Max-Moore and former USMNT goalkeeper Tim Howard, a club legend from 2007 to 2016 and holder of Everton’s Premier League appearance record. . Howard is now the club’s official ambassador to Everton in the United States.
Everton have a winning history, having been crowned champions in English football’s top flight nine times (1890-91, 1914-15, 1927-28, 1931-32, 1938-39, 1962-63, 1969-70, 1984-85, 1986-87) as well as seven times finalists (1889-90, 1894-95, 1901-02, 1904-05, 1908-09, 1911-12, 1985-86).
Everton have lifted the FA Cup five times, first lifting the coveted trophy in the 1905-06 season. They won again in 1932-33, 1965-66, 1983-84 and, most recently, 1994-95. The Toffees have been runners-up eight times, including their wins in 1984 and 1985, and again as runners-up in 1986.
As well as the club’s successful league and FA Cup play, Everton have also won the FA Charity Shield nine times (1928, 1932, 1963, 1970, 1984, 1985, 1986 (shared), 1987, 1995).
Tickets for the friendly match between Minnesota United FC and Everton FC will go on sale to the general public on Monday, May 23 at 10:00 a.m. (presales starting May 19), along with single-game tickets for all matches home of Minnesota United in the second half of the season (July-October). Prior to the general public on-sale, Itasca Society Members and Season Subscribers will receive special early access to tickets for this friendly match which kicks off tomorrow, Wednesday, May 11, at 10:00 a.m. and noon, respectively.
Fans can also enjoy special early access to Everton tickets by purchasing the Big game pack, a new ticket package presented by Minnesota United today, which includes tickets for Everton’s friendly match on July 20, as well as the club’s final three home games of the season – September 3 against FC Dallas , September 13 against Los Angeles Football Club, and October 9 against Vancouver Whitecaps FC. As well as guaranteeing the best seats in the house for these four marquee matchups, the Big-Game Pack also includes special perks such as exclusive access to presales and priority status on the Season Pass Waitlist for Preserve members. Big-Game Bundle packages are on sale now at mnufc.com/biggame.