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.

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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.

 

Soccer world reacts to the Manchester attacks

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NBC News is reporting that at least 19 people have been killed and another 50 are injured following a possible suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.

Multiple senior U.S. intelligence officials who are monitoring British authorities told NBC News that preliminary reports indicate that a single explosion took place outside the arena on the southwest side opposite the train station. The explosion occurred as the concert ended, catching people as they exited.

Soccer personalities around the world are reacting to the horrible event.

Juventus purchases Cuadrado from Chelsea

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If you didn’t realize Juan Cuadrado still belonged to Chelsea, you’re forgiven.

The Colombian attacker will complete his second season at Juventus after the UEFA Champions League Final against Real Madrid, and won’t be headed back to Chelsea afterwards.

Juve has purchased Cuadrado, and the fee is $22 million, and Juve will pay it over three seasons. Cuadrado, 28, is now signed through 2020 with The Old Lady.

Cuadrado first went on loan to Juve in Aug. 2015, and has eight goals and 18 assists in 83 career appearances with the club.

Chelsea bought Cuadrado from Fiorentina for around $32 million in the January 2015 transfer window, but made just 14 appearances with the club.

Report: Jermain Defoe meeting with Bournemouth

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Sky Sports is reporting that Jermain Defoe may head back to the south of England following Sunderland’s relegation.

Defoe, 34, spent two seasons with Portsmouth between 2008-09, scoring 15 goals in 31 appearances.

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The 56-times capped England striker had a clause in his Sunderland contract allowing him to leave the Stadium of Light were the Black Cats to be relegated, as they were this season. He’d have little interest in dropping into the Championship given his desire to stay a part of the England squad ahead of the 2018 World Cup.

Bournemouth’s strike corps includes Joshua King, who scored the most goals of any player not on a Top Seven side this season. King’s 16 goals were one more than Defoe’s 15, though the latter scored just one goal following a brace against Crystal Palace on Feb. 4.

Chelsea’s Conte wins pair of top managerial honors

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Antonio Conte took league and national honors from the League Managers Association on Monday night.

The Chelsea boss was named Premier League Manager of the Year and Manager of the Year after leading the Blues to the PL title and an FA Cup Final in his first year on the job.

Brighton and Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton nabbed another Championship boss of the year award after leading the Gulls to the Premier League. He also won the honor with Newcastle United in 2010.

The League One winner is Chris Wilder of Sheffield United. Wilder won the honor with Northampton Town last season.

In League Two, Paul Cook of Portsmouth was named the winner.