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Swansea City to have preseason camp in D.C., play Kickers and unnamed opponent

Looks like more dalliances of synergy this summer.

Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Hot on the heels of news that D.C. United Managing General Partner Jason Levien (as part of a ownership group) is in the final stages of purchasing a majority ownership stake of England Premier league club Swansea City, the Swans have announced that they will be coming to the United States for a preseason camp in Washington on July 7 and will play D.C. United's USL affiliate the Richmond Kickers on Saturday, July 16.

What is also mentioned is that they will play an opponent to be determined on Wednesday, July 13. Whether that opponent is D.C. United remains to be seen, though it should be noted that such a friendly would fall between two D.C. road games (Saturday, July 9 with the Philadelphia Union and Saturday, July 16 with Columbus Crew SC). After playing the Kickers, the Swans would then resume their preseason in England beginning with a July 23 friendly with Bristol Rovers.

This would be the first tour of the U.S. for the Swans since 2014 when they played two games in the midwest (against Liga MX side Chivas in Milwaukee and NASL side Minnesota United). Along with this soon-to-be official Levien-owned club, another club D.C. United is affiliated with is touring the states this summer; Black-and-Red Managing Partner Erick Thohir's Inter Milan is part of the International Champions Cup with AC Milan, Real Madrid, Barcelona and several others, with Inter's games being against Paris St. German in Oregon on July 24 and Bayern Munich on July 30 in Charlotte. One would expect some sort of interaction between two or more of Swansea, Inter and D.C., but then again when Sunderland toured the US last year, nary a whiff of involvement between them and their partner club in D.C. occurred.

Regardless, get ready for some sort of visibility with someone, somewhere, this summer.