• Bayern travelled to the USA in specially branded plane.
  • Alaba, Lahm, Ribery, Alonso and Thiago all on board.
  • Bavarians play Real Madrid in New York on 3 August.

FC Bayern München departed for Chicago on Monday as part of their preparations for the 2016/17 Bundesliga season.

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The Bavarians will be in the USA from 25 July to 4 August and will take part in the 'International Champions Cup' for the first time.

They will face AC Milan in Chicago on 27 July, FC Internazionale Milano on 30 July in Charlotte, North Carolina, and round off their visit against Real Madrid CF in New York City on 3 August.

Bayern were last in America in summer 2014 and have opened an office in New York. "We know that football is growing in popularity in the USA," club CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told Bayern's official website. "For that reason, I'm delighted that we'll play in America again, as we did in July 2014, and present ourselves there."

Recap: Click here for a review of Bayern's last trip stateside

Watch: Click here for video highlights of Bayern's USA trip in 2014