Match Preview

Manchester City

Thursday 21 July 2022
Kickoff at 02:00 BST
NRG Stadium,Houston, Texas, USA

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All the information you need as Pep Guardiola’s Premier League champions prepare for the opening clash of our US Tour against Club America…


Julian Alvarez and Stefan Ortega Moreno start for Manchester City against Club America, with fellow new signings Erling Haaland and Kalvin Phillips among the substitutes.

CITY: Ortega Moreno, Walker, Ake, Mbete, Cancelo, Rodrigo, De Bruyne (C), Bernardo, Mahrez, Alvarez, Grealish.

SUBS: Ederson, Carson, Phillips, Haaland, Kayky, Delap, Bobb, Palmer, Lewis, McAtee, Burns, Knight, Wilson-Esbrand.

CLUB AMERICA: Ochoa (C), Sanchez, Lara, Araujo, Fuentez, Sanchez, Dos Santos, Zendejas, Valdes, Fidalgo, Martin.

SUBS: Jimenez, Tapia, Valdez, Martinez, Caceres, Campos, Layun, Vinas, Martinez, Moreno, Aquino, Damm, Reyes, Rodriguez.


The game will take place at the NRG Stadium in Houston on Thursday 21 July, with kick-off scheduled for 02:00am (UK).

You can follow all of the action on and our official app, with minute-by-minute coverage via our Matchday Centre as well as a comprehensive match report and reaction following the full-time whistle.



The match will be broadcast exclusively on CITY+, with the match available to watch live for CITY+ subscribers everywhere, except the US and Mexico.

Fans will be able to follow every kick of our clash on the opening leg of our US Tour courtesy of a subscription.

For just £2.99 a month, CITY+ allows members to live stream selected Women’s, EDS and Academy clashes throughout the season and watch full-match replays of all Men’s and Women’s games.

It also grants access to exclusive CityTV productions, including the Fernandinho: The Last Game and Kevin De Bruyne: Made in Belgium documentaries.

For further details about how to subscribe visit HERE.

If you are living in the US you can watch the game on ESPN2 or TUDN USA, whilst those based in Mexico can tune in via Blim TV, TUDN or ViX.


Supporters can also get into the matchday mood by tuning into our live pre-match show from around midnight UK time, available on all digital platforms.

It has become appointment viewing for all City fans and to launch the US tour, two of the key members of our 2011/12 title winning side will be on hand to offer their unique insight and analysis.

Joleon Lescott and Pablo Zabaleta are our special guests for Thursday’s edition.

The former City duo will offer their expert analysis ahead of our clash with Club America before reconvening for half-time and post-match debriefs.

Matchday Live makes for essential viewing for all City supporters who prefer a more City-centric take on proceedings.


The boss on the prospect of facing Club America: “It is to restart the engine in our work. We still have absences here and players who could not travel.

"Step by step, we will feel better. We are a little away from our best."

The boss on the way our summer signings are settling in: "It will not happen in one day or two days.

“We cannot put too much pressure on these players. We need to get them houses, apartments in Manchester, and in the sessions what we want them to do will increase.

“The first impressions of Julian, Kalvin, Erling, and Stefan were really good – they seem like good people.

“Having good vibes in the locker room is more important than tactics.”


City have met the Mexican side on two other occasions, winning both encounters.

We first locked horns in July 2010 in a game at the Aztec Stadium in the Mexican capital that saw Yaya Toure make his debut for the Club.

The two sides fought out a 1-1 draw, with Emmanuel Adebayor on target for City via a penalty before we then secured a 4-1 success in a spot-kick shoot-out, with goalkeeper Shay Given producing two fine saves.

Twelve months later we met once again in another entertaining clash played out at San Francisco’s AT&T Park, City emerging 2-0 victors.

Ryan McGivern and Shaun Wright-Phillips scored the goals as Roberto Mancini’s side secured victory over the Mexican outfit.

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