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2020 International Champions Cup canceled

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NEW YORK — With no indication of when the 2019-20 European soccer seasons will end, the International Champions Cup exhibition tournament ahead of the 2020-21 season has been canceled.

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Relevent Sports, which stages the tournament, made the announcement Friday.

“The lack of clarity of when social distancing and shelter-in-place restrictions will be lifted and the uncertain international football calendar, with the potential for European domestic leagues and UEFA tournaments being played into August, means planning a men’s International Champions Cup this summer is unfeasible.” Relevent Sports Group CEO Daniel Sillman said in a statement.

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Many big European clubs have appeared in the tournament, which has been played primarily in the United States since it launched in 2013 and often draws large crowds.

Relevent said it hopes to hold this year’s edition of its smaller women’s tournament, which launched in 2018, and to resume the men’s tournament in the U.S. and Asia in 2021.

10-man Real Madrid comes back to draw 10-man Arsenal

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Maybe Zinedine Zidane ought to rethink his stance on Gareth Bale?

Of course it’s just preseason, but the on-the-market Real Match forward subbed into Tuesday’s match in Maryland on Tuesday and spearheaded a comeback 2-2 draw against Arsenal.

Real won in penalties, as all International Champions Cup matches must have a winner.

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Real was down a man after 10 minutes when Nacho Fernandez handled a ball on the goal line, and Arsenal also went down a man when Sokratis Papastathopoulos saw his second yellow of the contest in the 40th minute.

Alexandre Lacazette converted a penalty, then set-up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for a goal 14 minutes later as the Gunners handled their business early.

The chemistry between two remains very real.

Real started new boys Eden Hazard, Ferland Mendy, and Luka Jovic in addition to Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Karim Benzema, and Sergio Ramos.

Bale came in for Hazard at halftime and poked a 57th minute rebound home and Marcelo set up Marco Asensio two minutes later to complete the comeback.

Asensio, sadly, would only last a few more minutes, needing to be stretchered off with injury.

Kane scores from midfield to beat Juve

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Harry Kane lobbed Wojciech Szczesny from nearly 50 yards to send Tottenham Hotspur past Juventus early Sunday morning.

Maybe he wanted to embarrass a former North London Derby rival, or perhaps he just wanted to avoid penalties.

The goal was made more remarkable by Kane’s blast radius including two men marking him near the Juve part of the center circle.

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It was an entertaining International Champions Cup match on Sunday morning, with goalkeepers Hugo Lloris and Gianluigi Buffon plenty busy.

Tanguy Ndombele came off the bench to assist and impress for Spurs and Matthijs de Ligt making his Juve debut as a sub.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Gonzalo Higuain scored for Juve, and the latter probably should’ve won it with a dragged shot in the 83rd minute.

Spurs goals came courtesy of Erik Lamela, who tapped in a rebound of a bullet shot from 17-year-old Ryan Parrott, and Moura.

The Brazilian was fed into the box by a sweet Ndombele pass moments after the new Spurs midfielder subbed into the match.

Here is Ronaldo’s goal.

Nketiah leads Arsenal past Fiorentina (video)

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Eddie Nketiah scored twice as Arsenal beat Fiorentina 3-0 in Charlotte on Saturday.

Joe Willock also scored for the Gunners, which beat Colorado Rapids and Bayern Munich in their first two matches of the preseason and meet Real Madrid in Maryland on Tuesday.

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Fiorentina took 18 of the match’s 30 shots, though Arsenal had nearly 60 percent of the ball.

Nketiah, 20, scored against Burnley in last season’s Premier League finale and then late against Bayern Munich earlier this week.

He was deft in a high-pressure spot for this one.

International Champions Cup schedule: Madrid Derby in New Jersey

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Is it still a Madrid Derby if it’s played in New Jersey?

That’s one of the questions inspired by Wednesday’s release of the 2019 International Champions Cup schedule, which includes Premier League sides Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, and Manchester United.

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Spurs will play Juventus in Singapore, Manchester United in Shanghai, and Inter Milan at home in London.

United will also play AC Milan in Wales and Inter in Singapore.

Arsenal meets Bayern Munich in California, and AS Roma in Charlotte.

Notably, The New York Times says Juventus will not visit the United States “in part” because of the rape charges against the star forward.

July 16
Roma v. Chivas Guadalajara – Bridgeview, Ill.

July 17
Arsenal v. Bayern Munich – Carson, Calif.

July 20
Manchester United v. Inter Milan – Singapore
Arsenal v. Roma – Charlotte
Bayern Munich v. Real Madrid – Houston
Benfica v. Chivas Guadalajara – Santa Clara, Calif.

July 21
Juventus v. Spurs – Singapore

July 23
Real Madrid v. Arsenal – Landover, Md.
Bayern Munich v. AC Milan – Kansas City
Chivas Guadalajara v. Atlético Madrid – Arlington, Texas

July 24
Juventus v. Inter Milan – China
Roma v. Benfica – Harrison, N.J.

July 25
Spurs v. Manchester United – Shanghai

July 26
Real Madrid v. Atlético Madrid – East Rutherford, N.J.

July 28
AC Milan v. Benfica – Foxborough, Mass.

Aug. 3
Manchester United vs. AC Milan – Cardiff, Wales

Aug. 4
Spurs vs. Inter Milan – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Aug. 10
Atlético Madrid vs. Juventus – Stockholm