It has taken a while to get all the logistics and scheduling figured out, but this morning organizers announced the teams, venues, groups and schedules for the Guinness International Champions Cup to take place in the USA this summer.
The tournament will actually kick off in Valencia, Spain — with the first game between Valencia and AC Milan getting things going on July 27 — but the rest of the action will take place across the US from July 31 until August 7, with a whole host of Europe’s finest clubs appearing in the summer tournament.
So here it goes, here are the gritty details.
Real Madrid, Chelsea, AC Milan, Juventus, LA Galaxy, Valencia, Everton, and Inter Milan will all participate in the inaugural edition of the ICC.
The venues are pretty incredible with Dodger Stadium, Lucas Oil Stadium, University of Phoenix Stadium, AT&T Park, MetLife Stadium and Sun Life Stadium all hosting games.
Now for the group stages as teams will be split into two regions, East and West.
The East region will have Chelsea, AC Milan, Inter Milan and Valencia. While the West Region will see Real Madrid, Juventus, Everton and the LA Galaxy squaring off. (Wow, good luck LA!)
If none of that made sense, hopefully this bracket will help you out.
So, yeah, take a breather, soak that in. Is your club coming to the US this summer? This tournament closely resembles the previous editions of tournaments involving big-name foreign clubs we have seen in recent summer’s. With the World Football Challenge and other names adorning the friendlies.
But this seems a little bit different. The organizers have made the format a lot more rigid with the East and West regions and the grand final at Sun Life Stadium in Miami is sure to be a showpiece event.
The LA Galaxy from MLS will certainly face some top notch opposition and in the past it has helped give young players a chance to play against the world’s best teams. Sound good to me.
This tournament also coincides with the break form MLS action during the All-Star Game on July 31.
So you won’t have to worry about finding a game of soccer to watch that week… or all summer for that matter.