WASHINGTON, February 22, 2014 — A collection of some of the best teams in Europe will be heading to play preseason games in the United States this summer as part of the 2014 Guinness International Champions Cup. Notable English Premier League clubs Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool, along with Spanish giants Real Madrid and their star player Cristiano Ronaldo, just to name a few, will play games in U.S. cities. This is the second year of the Guinness event and all games will be aired on either Fox Sports 1 or Fox Sports 2.
The visit of major European teams to the U.S. has become an annual affair in the last decade. Clubs are able to test their skills against potential Champions League opponents on neutral soil; earn a big paycheck, and expand their brand base in a nation where the appreciation of soccer continues to grow unabated. The tournament, which also includes Italian teams AS Roma and Inter Milan, along with Greek club Olympiakos, will take place in 13 cities across the U.S. from July 26 to Aug. 4 and involve 13 games. The eight teams will be divided in two groups and the final between the two group leaders will be played at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., on Aug. 4.
The only game so far scheduled in the Washington region is a clash between Manchester United and Inter Milan at FedEx Field in Landover, Md., home of the Washington Redskins, on July 29.
Group A: Real Madrid, Manchester United, AS Roma, Inter Milan
Group B: Manchester City, Liverpool, AC Milan, Olympiakos
Each team will play the other three teams in its group, with the team earning the most points advancing to the final.
July 26: Real Madrid vs. Inter Milan: University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.
July 26: Manchester United vs. AS Roma: Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver
July 29: Manchester United vs. Inter Milan: FedEx Field in Landover, Md.
July 29: Real Madrid vs. AS Roma: Cotton Bowl in Dallas
Aug. 2: Inter Milan vs. AS Roma: Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia
Aug. 2: Real Madrid vs. Manchester United: TBD
July 24: Olympiakos vs. AC Milan: TBD
July 27: AC Milan vs. Manchester City: Heinz Field in Pittsburgh
July 27: Liverpool vs. Olympiakos: Soldier Field in Chicago
July 30: Manchester City vs. Liverpool: Yankee Stadium in New York
Aug. 2: Olympiakos vs. Manchester City: TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis
Aug. 2: AC Milan vs. Liverpool: Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.
Aug. 4: Winner Group A vs. Winner Group B: Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.
For venue-specific ticket information please visit www.internationalchampionscup.
John Haydon wrote a weekly soccer column for The Washington Times for 20 years. He has covered two World Cups and written about Major League Soccer from the league’s inception in 1996.
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