RICHMOND, VA – (Wednesday, July 18, 2018) – The Richmond Kickers announced today that the club will host an RCD Espanyol open training session, presented by Lalo’s Cocina at City Stadium on Monday, July 23. Gates open at 6:30pm and training is scheduled to begin at 7:00pm. Monday’s open training session will offer fans an exclusive look at RCD Espanyol, from the world famous LaLiga, in advance of the exhibition match with the Kickers, presented by Big Apple Neighborhood Market, on Wednesday, July 25. All members of the media are invited to attend.
In addition, LaLiga World will host a free youth soccer clinic for 30 players ages 8-10 on the City Stadium field prior to the open training session. The clinic will focus on finishing, goalkeeping and technical skills, and each participant will receive a full LaLiga World uniform, soccer ball, and access to the RCD Espanyol open training session.
RCD Espanyol will make City Stadium their training base during the club’s six-day preseason camp in Richmond. The historic match scheduled for Wednesday, July 25th will highlight the training camp and marks the first time a team from Spain’s top flight will appear in Virginia.
Based in Barcelona, Espanyol finished the 2017-18 campaign in 11th place in LaLiga with season highlights including a 1-0 win against 2018 UEFA Champions League winners Real Madrid, a 1-0 win against Europa League Champions Atlético Madrid and a 1-1 draw with crosstown rivals FC Barcelona.
Established in 1900, Espanyol claimed the Spanish national cup title, Copa del Rey, on four occasions, most recently in 2006, and reached the UEFA Cup Final in 1988 and 2007. Top players on Espanyol’s roster include 2018 FIFA World Cup players such as Costa Rica’s Oscar Duarte and Colombia’s Carlos Sanchez. The club also features multiple players who have played for Spain’s National Team and who have represented Spain at FIFA’s youth competitions, and many who currently play for the Catalonia National Team.
The top men’s professional division in Spain, LaLiga was founded in 1929 and is the European leader with the most UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup titles. Home to famed powerhouses such as FC Barcelona and Real Madrid and the highest number of FIFA Ballon d’Or award winners, LaLiga is one of the most popular professional sports leagues in the world.