It has been more than two decades since HSV last went to the far west of the world map. 22 years after the Rothosen, who were coached by Frank Pagelsdorf at the time, went on a US tour in the summer of 2000, HSV will be traveling to the States again in November. Off to California!
When matchday 17, which has a home game against SV Sandhausen for Tim Walter’s team before the World Cup break, is over, the ten-day tour called “Route 87” will start for HSV. The trip through California, dated November 13th to 22nd, includes a friendly against second-division side Orange County Soccer Club (11/15). The club does not see the added value primarily in the sporting area.
HSV trip to the USA: Boldt sees “attractive opportunity”
“The tour is a very attractive opportunity to represent the DFL, German football and our club internationally and to gain experience,” explained sporting director Jonas Boldt. “The shared experiences and unique days in the USA will also further weld the team together and shorten the long winter break a little.” Because of the World Cup this year, this lasts a full eleven weeks.
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Because in time the renovation work in the Volksparkstadion should really start, HSV sees no chance of orderly training and tests in Hamburg. So instead California, where the entourage will initially be accommodated in Irvine. A detailed schedule is still pending, further test games and activities are being planned. As soon as this is completed, the club wants to make interested fans an offer to travel with them.
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In any case, the ambassador tour should be about getting to know people, culture and the country. HSV advertises with “exclusive insights” away from the field and will travel to the States for the eighth time in its club history. After the return, the professionals should first get time off.