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Seattle Sounders to host German giant Borussia Dortmund this summer

The Seattle Sounders will host German side Borussia Dortmund at CenturyLink Field in July, 2019. (Photo courtesy of Seattle Sounders FC)

Borussia Dortmund is headed back to the United States, where the German club will face Major League Soccer’s Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field July 17. Dortmund will then travel to Notre Dame to face Liverpool FC July 24.

After opening LAFC’s Banc of California Stadium last May and taking part in the International Champions Cup last July, Dortmund has scheduled two friendlies in the USA for this summer. Initially, the Black and Yellows had no plans to return to the United States this summer and instead were planning a trip to Asia. 

“It’s true that we’d initially been planning another trip to Asia this summer,” BVB managing director Carsten Cramer said in a statement published on the club’s homepage. “But the two highly appealing games that have now been agreed, in such fascinating venues and against such extraordinary opponents – a leading team in the USA and our long-term friends from Liverpool – forced us into a rethink and ultimately prompted us to decline all the other options we had on the table.”

The Seattle Sounders are excited to host the eight-time German champions and one-time Champions League winners. 

“We’re excited to welcome a storied club like Borussia Dortmund to CenturyLink Field for the first time,” Sounders FC chief operating officer Bart Wiley said in a statement released on the club’s official homepage. “Bringing world-class opponents to Seattle has been a tradition for Sounders FC going back to 2009, and we couldn’t be happier to host one of the biggest clubs in Europe once again. Before then, however, we will enjoy cheering them on as they fight for the Bundesliga title over the next few weeks.”

With just four games left in the 2018/19 season, Dortmund is in second place in Germany’s top flight, just one point behind league leader Bayern Munich. Dortmund last won the title in 2012. Bayern has dominated the Bundesliga since, winning six consecutive titles. 

“It’s always beneficial for a club to test itself against the world’s best, so we’re excited to face a team in Borussia Dortmund that is having a great season and is in serious contention for the Bundesliga title,” Garth Lagerwey, Sounders FC general manager and president of soccer, said in the club’s statement.

Although Dortmund will be without United States men’s national team star Christian Pulisic, who will join Chelsea July 1, there is still plenty of star power in the side. English national team winger Jadon Sancho is one of the most exciting young stars in Europe at the moment, and captain Marco Reus has resurrected his career after struggling with injuries for several years. 




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