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FC Barcelona sets schedule for U.S. tour

FC Barcelona has outlined its travel plans and events for the three-match U.S. tour, which begins with a Champions League rematch against Manchester United on Saturday at FedEx Field in Landover, Md.

We’re still awaiting the official list of players, but my suspicion is that Lionel Messi will be part of the delegation. However, because he hasn’t been training with the club, he probably wouldn’t play until the second match: Aug. 3 vs. Chivas Guadalajara in Miami.

Among the highlights in Washington: a 6 a.m. arrival Thursday, a meeting with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, inauguration of Barca’s Washington supporters club, closed practices at RFK Stadium on Thursday night and Friday-Saturday-Sunday mornings, a dinner hosted by the Redskins and Pep Guardiola playing in a charity match with Mia Hamm and Nomar Garciaparra.

Friday night’s training at FedEx Field is a public event, but requires a ticket.

In Florida, Barcelona will train at the University of Miami (closed to the public) and swim with dolphins (the animals, not the NFL team). In Dallas, where Barca will face Club America on Aug. 6, the team will train at SMU and Pizza Hut Park.

For the complete itinerary, click here.

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.

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