International Champions Cup

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

Arsenal top Chelsea in PKs after late Lacazette goal

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Two scrutinized and new Premier League managers matched International Champions Cup wits Wednesday at Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland.

Arsenal’s Unai Emery emerged the winner against Chelsea’s Maurizio Sarri, albeit in penalty kicks, after Alexandre Lacazette‘s 90th minute goal made it 1-1.

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Reiss Nelson sent the ball to Lacazette near the line for the dramatic equalizer. Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger scored from a corner in the fifth minute.

Petr Cech stopped an Alvaro Morata penalty kick in the 14th minute, the kick awarded after Hector Bellerin took down Callum Hudson-Odoi in the box.

The match is Chelsea’s last ahead of Sunday’s Community Shield against Manchester City.

Alexis leads Man United past Real Madrid; Spurs, Roma win

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The International Champions Cup brought some power matches to the preseason pitch on Wednesday, and two of the three brought some real entertainment.

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Manchester United 2-1 Real Madrid

Alexis Sanchez’s wonder assist joined his opening goal to make him the easy Man of the Match as Jose Mourinho’s men emerged victorious from Miami Gardens.

Karim Benzema scored for Real Madrid, but the reigning UEFA Champions League victors couldn’t find a second against United’s defense.

Now back to Alexis’ assist. Consider the athleticism involved in nodding this Juan Mata cross into the path of Ander Herrera. Insane.

Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 AC Milan

Georges-Kevin N’Koudou’s early second half hammer in Minneapolis was enough to let Spurs leave the ICC with two wins and a loss in penalties.

Barcelona 2-4 AS Roma

Rafinha gave Barcelona a 1-0 lead before Justin Kluivert fed Stephan El Shaarawy to leave it level at the break in Arlington.

New winger Malcom restored Barca’s lead from an assist courtesy former Montreal Impact man Ballou Tabla, but that was about all she wrote for the Blaugranas. Alessandro Florenzi, Bryan Cristante, and Diego Perotti scored thrice in eight minutes to hand Barca its first loss of the preseason.

Rafinha’s goal was pretty nice, though.

Atletico seals PK shootout win over Arsenal

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The International Champions Cup continued on Thursday morning with an early kickoff between a pair of Premier League and La Liga clubs.

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Atletico Madrid topped Arsenal 1-1 (3-1 on PKs) at the Singapore National Stadium, with an unlikely player proving to be the difference in the match.

Atleti goalkeeper Antonio Adán showed his best stuff in the shootout, making three saves to stop Arsenal from the penalty spot, but it was the shot-stopper that gave Atleti the victory with a penalty of his own.

After making several key saves, Adan stepped up from the penalty spot to put the game to bed in the fifth round of the shootout.

The Gunners had trailed after 41 minutes when Luciano Vietto gave Atletico the lead going into the halftime break.

However, Arsenal equalized just two minutes into the second stanza with a brilliant strike from youngster Emile Smith-Rowe curled his effort from distance into the top corner.

Unai Emery and Arsenal will continue their ICC tour on Saturday against Paris Saint-Germain, while Atletico will also take on PSG on July 30 in their next fixture.

Liverpool nips Man City in New Jersey

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Sadio Mane converted a Dominic Solanke-won stoppage time penalty as Liverpool beat Manchester City 2-1 in an International Champions Cup game in New Jersey on Wednesday.

Leroy Sane and Mohamed Salah traded goals early in the second half.

Man City started few familiar names, with Riyad Mahrez and Claudio Bravo the most experiences, while Liverpool used nine regulars from last season as well as new man Fabinho.

Second half subs included Sadio Mane and Dominic Solanke for Liverpool, while Pep Guardiola introduced Joe Hart, Bernardo Silva, Leroy Sane, and new signing Claudio Gomes.

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Fabinho was fortunate to not give a penalty away to Lukas Nmecha within the first quarter hour. Riyad Mahrez found Nmecha in the box and Loris Karius put the rebound back to the player. Fabinho made contact with the back of Nmecha’s leg before the player popped the ball over a goal, but what followed was only a corner kick.

Fabinho then fouled former NYCFC midfielder Jack Harrison moments later.

Curtis Jones provided rare early danger for Liverpool, but Claudio Bravo had little trouble with the youngster’s shot.

Man City’s Riyad Mahrez was the bright spot of the first half hour for both teams.

Jones forced Bravo into another low save in the 33rd minute. He’d later be whistle for a perceived dive in the 43rd minute, but this was clearly a man not in the penalty-giving mood.

Liverpool made plenty of halftime changes, and Sadio Mane nearly scored in the 48th minute.

Caoimhin Kelleher stopped a Leroy Sane effort in the 53rd minute. At the other end, Solanke had a goal pulled back for offside.

That’s when Sane scored a beautiful goal, using his speed to get behind the Liverpool back line before hammering a shot inside the far post that bounded into the top of the goal.

Salah subbed into the game, and scored a headed goal moments later. He was offside, but the fans were pleased and the linesman didn’t spot it.

Salah could’ve made it two had a back post header not been cleared wide by Cameron Humphreys-Grant.

Liverpool was the better money for a goal over the rest of the match, Mane and Salah giving the American crowd plenty of reason to ooh and aah.

Solanke was taken down in stoppage time with a body check from Tosin Adarabioyo.