Liverpool, Roma and Fenway execs talk soccer in the USA

In recent statistics that Ive looked at, we see very regularly that the U.S. On October 15, 2010, Boston Red Sox owner John Henry and New England Sports Ventures (later rebranded as Fenway Sports Group) purchased Liverpool. For tickets and information visit redsox.com, lfctour.comor call (877) RED-SOX9.

Speaking on behalf of Liverpool, I would say weve definitely seen our business grow, said Ayre. I asked them how Liverpool’s and Romas new American ownership is affecting their growth and also about the possibility of Fenway Sports Management fielding an MLS team in the future.

I dont see us getting involved with the MLS, said FSMs Kennedy. We acquired a million Facebook fans in the first five months of being online and a significant portion of that has come from the United States. We have a ton of respect for [MLS Commissioner] Don Garber and everything that they have achieved at the MLS.

Roma CEO Mark Pannes also noted a strong increase in U.S. interest since DiBenedettos acquisition a year ago and is cultivating that interest with the acquisition of a training center in Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, planned to become Romas winter training residence.

The Red Sox ownership group is the common link between the two overseas clubs and a bridge for attracting interest from the growing soccer fanbase in the U.S.

Fenway’s growth into international soccer has been quick. Within a few months, we were online with the revamped site and really getting into the social media. So clearly, there is an appetite in the U.S., and we believe the American ownership has focused an attention on that.

John Henry and Robert Kraft are personal friends and spend a lot of time together. We believe that the recent partnership weve announced with Walt Disney World at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando will encompass where we will be the team in residence for the next seven years, bringing the entire first side to do its winter training there and playing a friendly each winter.. Our focus in the football world is exclusively on Liverpool Football Club.

Tickets for the Wednesday, July 25, Liverpool FC vs. soccer market. AS Roma match at Fenway Park go on sale Saturday, April 28 at 10 am ET. on the Red Sox and baseball, I dont see us getting involved with the MLS in any type of ownership capacity. Founded in 1892, Liverpool FC is one of the world’s most famous football clubs, having won 18 League Titles, seven FA Cups, eight League Cups, five European Cups, three UEFA Cups, three European Super Cups and 15 Charity Shields.

Liverpool Managing Director Ian Ayre told me the U.S. and North American fans can appear in the top three of both our digital media, visitors, and viewers and also in our online retail business from across the world.

To launch the Liverpool-Roma event at Fenway Park, Liverpool Managing Director Ian Ayre, Roma CEO Mark Pannes and Fenway Sports Management President Sam Kennedy spoke answered questions about their interest in the U.S. AS Roma match at Fenway Park celebrates the Boston Red Sox stadiums 100-year anniversary, but also marks Fenway Sports Managements growing ventures into international soccer. This will be the second time since 2010 that Fenway has hosted an international friendly, the first being Celtic FC vs. has always been an important market for Liverpool, but noted that business has grown since the Boston-based American ownership group purchased the club.

Large US market emerging

Liverpool and Roma grow with American ownership


We have certainly seen a very strong increase in interest in the United States, said Pannes.

July 25, the Liverpool FC vs. Sporting Portugal, the first soccer game at Fenway in 42 years.

Liverpool-Roma ticket information

Then on April 15, 2011, Thomas DiBenedetto, a partner in FSG, acquired AS Roma, marking the first time an Italian football club ever had foreign ownership. Roma, known as the “Giallorossi,” competes in the Italian Serie A League and has won three Serie A titles, nine Italian Cups and two Italian Super Cups.

Certainly from a digital standpoint, when we acquired the club prior to last season there was really a very sparse digital presence. Theyve done a fantastic job owning and operating their club, the New England Revolution, in this market, but given our focus in the U.S

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