Chelsea, Everton, Juventus, Real Madrid and others bring ICC stateside

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Tonight at AT&T Park in San Francisco, Everton will take on Juventus as the International Champions Cup officially lands on US soil.

The prestigious tournament already officially kicked off on Saturday, as AC Milan beat Valencia 2-1 in Spain. But now the competition has switched over to the USA, where it will remain for the next week until a champion is crowned.

With the world’s biggest names jetting into cities across the US, there are plenty of huge games going on in the next week or so.

So make sure you don’t miss out, here’s the schedule, we’re good like that at PST.

Roberto Martinez’ new look Everton side will take center stage in California tonight, against reigning Italian champions Juventus. Tim Howard is back in his homeland and plenty of Everton fans are expected to pack the home of the San Francisco Giants.

(MORE: Chelsea name 25-man squad for International Champions Cup)

But how will these games rank as spectacles? Well, seeing as quite a prestigious trophy is up for grabs, they should be full of life. The two English clubs may be the favorites to take the title, as they’re much further along in their preseason preparations than the Spanish or Italian sides.

Chelsea and Everton will be very popular but the Toffees are going to have to perform well to play in the ICC Final in Miami on August 7. They will face the winner of Real Madrid or the LA Galaxy who square off on Thursday in Phoenix. In recent years we have seen plenty of these friendly tournaments across the country, but this ICC event is well-organized and more evenly spread out across the USA than in previous seasons.

(MORE: Huge European clubs heading to the US this summer, find out who)

Back to the games, and José Mourinho takes his Chelsea side to Indianapolis and the Lucas Oil Stadium on Thursday. A huge crowd supporting Chelsea — just like we saw in their recent friendlies with Manchester City in St. Louis and New York City — is expected as the Midwest welcomes the Blues and Inter Milan.

Then on Sunday, AC Milan and Valencia will be playing at MetLife Stadium in New York against either Chelsea or Inter Milan, depending on the outcome of that game.

Exciting times are ahead for soccer fans in North America. If you hadn’t thought about it until the now, the International Champions Cup is coming to a city near you.

Get ready to see the best players in the world turn on the style. We hope.

 

U.S. Open Cup roundup: Poku lifts Miami; Red Bulls, Cincy win on PKs

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While MLS represents the majority of the remaining clubs in this year’s U.S. Open Cup, one side continues to defy the odds.

[ MORE: Minnesota United adds Hearts midfielder Sam Nicholson ]

Miami FC reached their first quarterfinal in club history after knocking off Atlanta United late on Wednesday, behind a goal and an assist from Kwadwo Poku. The victory for Miami sets up a date with FC Cincinnati — who pulled off an unbelievable shootout win against the Chicago Fire.

Meanwhile, the New York Red Bulls and New England Revolution both advanced on the night with wins over the Philadelphia Union and D.C. United, respectively. The Red Bulls and Revs will meet in the final eight as well.

Sporting KC kept its hope of hoisting a fourth U.S. Open Cup title alive on Wednesday with a 2-0 win over the Houston Dynamo. The 2015 winners will take on FC Dallas — who defeated the Colorado Rapids on Tuesday night.

Here are all the results from tonight’s Open Cup action.

Houston Dynamo 0-2 Sporting KC
New England Revolution 2-1 D.C. United
Miami FC 3-2 Atlanta United
New York Red Bulls 1-1 (5-3 on PKs) Philadelphia Union
FC Cincinnati 0-0 (3-1 on PKs) Chicago Fire
San Jose Earthquakes 2-1 Seattle Sounders
LA Galaxy 2-0 Sacramento Republic

Report: City Football Group set to expand outreach with Girona deal

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City Football Group appears on the verge of adding to its global outreach, and it’s next destination looks to be in Spain.

[ MORE: Are Southampton’s days of selling behind the club? ]

The group of investors, which are known for controlling Premier League side Manchester City, are reportedly nearing a deal to purchase a partial stake in Spanish club Girona — which is set to make its La Liga debut in 2017/18.

CFG is said to be gaining a near “50 percent” stake in the club, with the rest of the club owned by Media Base, a company owned by Pep Guardiola‘s brother, Pere.

Over recent years, CFG has vastly expanded its ownership outreach and currently has a stake in five clubs around the world, with Girona set to be the sixth.

MLS side New York City FC, Australian A-League side Melbourne City FC, Japan’s Yokohama F. Marinos and Club Atletico Torque in Uruguay are all part of the CFG enterprise, alongside Man City.

New York Red Bulls ink goalkeeper Luis Robles to new deal

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The “Iron Man” will keep up his amazing journey with the New York Red Bulls, after signing a new deal with the club on Wednesday.

[ MORE: Wesley Sneijder on verge of joining Los Angeles FC ]

Goalkeeper Luis Robles has extended his contract with the reigning Eastern Conference champions, as the American continues to raise his consecutive starts streak, which stands at 157.

The terms of the deal were not disclosed in the club’s release.

Robles joined the Red Bulls back in 2012 after playing in Germany, and the shot-stopper hasn’t missed a start ever since.

Report: Minnesota United adds Hearts midfielder Sam Nicholson

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Minnesota United has had its shares of ups and down in its debut MLS season, but the Loons are on the verge making an exciting young signing.

[ MORE: Wesley Sneijder closing in on Los Angeles FC move ]

ESPN FC is reporting that Minnesota will sign Hearts winger Sam Nicholson from the Scottish Premier League on a deal that makes him a Loon until 2019.

The young attacker is expected to join the MLS side when the summer transfer window opens on July 10.

Nicholson, 22, has played with the Edinburgh side since his youth days, and made his senior debut with the club in 2013. During his time at Hearts, Nicholson scored 16 goals in all competitions for the team.

Last season, Nicholson missed 16 matches due to a significant knee injury.

According to the report, Scottish sides Rangers and Aberdeen were also among those interested in acquiring Nicholson, while English Championship clubs Bristol City and Barnsley also reached out about the attacker.