Duo miss Barca’s US tour
19 July, 2015, 12:00 am
LOS ANGELES – Lionel Messi and Neymar have been left out of Barcelona’s squad for the Spanish giants’ three-match tour of the United States, the club confirmed yesterday.
Argentinian superstar Messi and Brazilian striker Neymar were both omitted after playing for their countries in the Copa America.
Several other internationals who played in the tournament have also been excused from the US tour, including goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, midfielder Javier Mascherano and fullback Dani Alves.
The Champions League winners have however included Luis Suarez in their squad.
The Uruguay striker missed the Copa America as he was still banned for biting Giorgio Chiellini at last year’s World Cup finals.
Barcelona play three matches in the United States, opening their tour against the Los Angeles Galaxy before facing Manchester United at the home of the San Francisco 49ers.
Barcelona squad: Goalkeepers: Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Jordi Masip, Jose Suarez
Defenders: Gerard Pique, Marc Bartra, Rafinha, Jordi Alba, Douglas, Adriano, Thomas Vermaelen, Jeremy Mathieu
Midfielders: Andres Iniesta, Ivan Rakitic, Arda Turan, Sergio Busquets, Aleix Vidal, Sergi Roberto, Gerard Gumbau, Sergi Samper, Alen Halilovic
Forwards: Luis Suarez, Pedro, Sandro Ramirez, Munir El-Haddadi.