It’s turning into Burnley week here. The newly promoted EPL club made some nice acquisitions to their squad yesterday, bringing in Fletcher and Mears.
But the good PR stops there. When I found out that Burnley would be making the 6,000 mile trip to California next month for a pre-season tour of the US and a few friendlies right in my backyard, I got very excited.
Not only would I get to see a Premier League team for the low cost of $10, but I’d get to scout out some future fantasy footie studs in the process. Two birds with one stone. Brilliant, really.
Burnley will take on the Ventura County Fusion on July 21st at 7PM – and tickets are just $10 for adults and $5 for kids. Amazing.
But here’s the problem: Like most footie fans in Los Angeles, I’ll be at the Rose Bowl on July 21st watching Chelsea take on Inter Milan in a pre-season friendly match. Sorry Burnley fans, but scouting Malouda, Lampard, and Anelka takes precedence over the Clarets.
I don’t know who is to blame here – either the Ventura County Fusion management, Burnley’s management, some third party event organizer, or all three – but it’s just a shame that two Premier League clubs will be playing two separate matches in LA on the same night this summer.
I’ve never been to a Fusion game before, and this was the club’s chance to reel me in. Who knows, they may never have that chance again.