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A different kind of football fits
Liverpool FC standout likes U.S. series
 
Published Sunday, August 3, 2014 8:29 pm
by Ashley Mahoney, For The Charlotte Post

American and European football worlds collided as Liverpool FC’s Glen Johnson spent Friday night training at Bank of America Stadium in front of eager fans ahead of Liverpool’s International Champions Cup match against AC Milan.


“It’s fantastic to play in,” he said about playing in Charlotte. “In terms of the climate, this is definitely different from Liverpool.”


With European teams like Liverpool, Manchester United, Real Madrid, and AC Milan spending time in the states this summer, and the NFL International Series taking place in London’s Wembley Stadium, the gap between these worlds seems smaller than it did a decade ago.


“American football is obviously very big over here and there’s a few fans in England as well, so it’s good for me to be able to play in these kinds of stadiums,” said Johnson, a defender.


Although Johnson’s home field, Anfield, has a great deal of history in the soccer world, it only seats 45,522. This is almost half of the 73,778 sold out seats they played in front of at Bank of America Stadium. However, much like the newly renovated Panthers’ home, Liverpool’s house is scheduled for a remodel in the near future. Plans have been submitted to expand the stadium’s capacity by at least 10,000 seats.


“The plans I’ve seen of Anfield look fantastic,” said Johnson. “A team like Liverpool and a club like Liverpool needs to be playing a stadium like this every week. I think that’s why the owners have realized that and tried to put these plans together.”


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