Can we be excited about the next roster of fine teams coming through for the Guinness International Champions Cup and have a little go at the tournament, too?
Of course we can!
More details are out today on the second edition of this tournament. And there are some great names, including Manchester United, Manchester City, Real Madrid and Liverpool.
Roma, Inter Milan and AC Milan from Italy, plus Greece’s Olympiakos round out this little slice of summer soccer awesome. It plays out over 13 U.S. cities from July 26 to Aug. 4.
The quibble is here:
Today’s release (linked above) from Fox Soccer, the tournament’s broadcast partner, calls it a “fiercely contested eight team soccer extravaganza.”
This is a terrific event, one that allows domestic fans to get up-close looks at some of the world’s top stars. But it is what it is: exhibition soccer. (Which, by the way, will not include some of the real A-listers, as they’ll be on break following World Cup play … but details, details.)
But “fiercely contested?” Come on!
Priorities here for these clubs, roughly in this order, are: Don’t get hurt. Make money. Don’t get hurt. Make lots of money. Get some touches and generate some fitness for the coming season. Experiment with lineups and combos. Don’t get hurt. Shop. Don’t get hurt.
The final (between group winners) is at Sun Life Stadium, Miami, Florida.
- Real Madrid
- Inter Milan
- Manchester United
- AS Roma
- Manchester City
- AC Milan
July 24: Olympiacos v. AC Milan, site TBD
July 26: Real Madrid CF vs. Inter Milan at University of Phoenix Stadium, Phoenix
July 26: Manchester United vs. AS Roma, Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver
July 27: AC Milan v. Manchester City, Heinz Field, Pittsburgh
July 27: Liverpool FC vs. Olympiacos, Soldier Field, Chicago
July 29: Manchester United vs. Inter Milan, FedEx Field, Washington D.C.
July 29: Real Madrid CF vs. AS Roma, Cotton Bowl, Dallas
July 30: Manchester City vs. Liverpool FC, Yankee Stadium, New York
Aug. 2: Inter Milan vs. AS Roma, Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia
Aug. 2: Real Madrid CF vs. Manchester United – TBD
Aug. 2: Olympiacos vs. Manchester City, TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis
Aug. 2: AC Milan vs. Liverpool FC, Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte