Michigan might be heading back overseas in the future.
When the Wolverines spent part of spring practice in Rome, they visited with AS Roma, a professional Italian soccer team. AS Roma will face Paris Saint-Germain F.C. in a match Wednesday at Comerica Park in Detroit. The club has been training at Eastern Michigan.
Three of AS Roma’s star players swung by U-M after practice Monday and competed in a soccer and football skill challenge. Throughout the competition, players from both squads managed to rekindle the bond they had created earlier this year.
After a few hours of laughs, the day left some reporters with a question: Would the Wolverines ever consider playing a game in Rome?
“Yeah, definitely,” U-M coach Jim Harbaugh said. “Why not? We’ve had some preliminary conversations.”
International games aren’t uncommon. In fact, seven FBS football games have been played outside of the U.S. since 2012. Most notably has been the Bahamas Bowl from 2014-16, which has featured both Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan.
Dublin, Ireland has staged three games, including the 2012 Emerald Isle Classic between Notre Dame and Navy, the 2014 Croke Park Classic with Penn State and UCF and the 2016 Aer Lingus College Football Classic starring Georgia Tech and Boston College.