The Championship side will play MLS side Minnesota United in a pre-season friendly this summer.
Aston Villa have announced that they will be travelling to the United States to play Major League Soccer side Minnesota United in a pre-season friendly this summer.
The match will take place at the end of a US-based pre-season training camp ahead of the start of the the 2019-20 season - with Dean Smith already having flown out to check out the facilities - and will be played at Allianz Field on Wednesday 17 July with a 7pm local time kickoff.
In a statement, Villa's official website said their tour of the US is hoping to provide the Championship club with commercial opportunities to get their name - and that of the city of Birmingham - known, a key element of their strategy to reach out to our fans all over the world both online and in person.
Indeed, the Villans added that they are working on packages for UK and US-based fans to stay near the squad, watch them train and attend the match in Saint Paul.
The club posted the announcement on their Twitter feed on Tuesday:
We are delighted to announce that the club will be heading to the USA to play MLS side Minnesota United in a pre-season friendly this summer.— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) April 16, 2019
Details https://t.co/EUSIKB5jlG#PartOfThePride #AVFC pic.twitter.com/ENVNR6qdzW
Here is how some Villa fans responded on the social media platform to the somewhat unexpected choice of pre-season destination:
Oh. My. God. As a Villa supporter with a Minnesota United season ticket (I live here now)...….I'll be there! Yesssss!!!!!— Ade Nomo (@clubbing_guy) April 16, 2019
Can’t we just play Walsall like usual so much easier— Paul (@PBSmith1972) April 16, 2019
Will Tom Hanks be there?— Ryan¹⁰ (@Ryxn_AVFC) April 16, 2019
announce tour in central europe— Charlie (@AVCJX) April 16, 2019
how much is coach travel— ben harris (@_benharris96) April 16, 2019
Time to check my pennies.... sorry son, Dads only— Terry Williams (@taw0267) April 16, 2019
Are you kidding me??? @AVFCOfficial I haven’t been back home since 2016 (THREE YEARS!!) and I am coming home for my sisters wedding July 9th - 19th. Are there other dates, other teams? I am absolutely crushed.....PLEASE BE PLAYING ANOTHER DATE!!!— Neil Allmark (@villan75) April 17, 2019
Villa are currently fifth in the Championship table, five points clear of seventh place with just four games to go, so there is every chance that they could be going to Minnesota as a Premier League team.