Everton have not made a trip to North America since the summer of 2013 when they featured in the International Champions Cup. However, now it’s looking like the prayers of the thousands of American Blues are about to answered.
Long time Major League Soccer (MLS) reporter Pablo Maurer tweeted earlier this evening that Everton are one of the candidates being talked about to play at DC United’s new stadium at Audi Field.
#DCU have been in talks w/EPL sides to schedule a summer friendly next year. Big names are being batted around - including Liverpool - but Everton seems the most likely candidate given the Rooney connection & relatively low $ investment.— Pablo Maurer (@MLSist) October 11, 2018
The Wayne Rooney connection he mentions makes a lot of sense, considering the two teams talked this last summer for his free transfer. And though Rooney didn’t necessarily leave the Blues on the best of terms, he would relish the chance to play against them with his new side where he has been an unmitigated success over the last few months.
The writer mentions in another tweet that the Blues could cost less than other top tier European teams, likely in the $250,000 range. Whether that would be part of the ICC tournament again or not remains to be seen, but a trip to the USA for the Toffees is certainly long overdue.
There was certainly a feeling that Everton had wasted a huge marketing opportunity soon after the 2014 World Cup where goalkeeper Tim Howard had a starring role for the United States MNT and many Americans first got interested in the sport. However, the Blues have chosen to focus on the Australia, Asia and European markets since then, but with this news, hope is renewed for many fans who have been unable to make the pilgrimage to Goodison Park that they will be finally able to watch their beloved Blues live.