~~ Some big time teams coming back across the pond once again this summer…. And MLS will have the LA Galaxy, New York Red Bulls and San Jose Earthquakes repping their product.
Biggest issue for these MLS teams…. Making damn sure they don’t get blown out like some of these ‘Tournaments / Friendlies’ in the past. Easy answer, three week Summer Break to allow for these kinds of games to be played without having to worry about official MLS games.
via LAGalaxy Press Release
LA Galaxy announced today that the club will compete in the 2015 International Champions Cup North America. The third year of the tournament, the annual summer showcase will take place from July 11 to August 5. Official network partners FOX Sports will televise the entirety of the tournament’s 17 matches live on FOX, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2.
“The Galaxy are honored to once again be a representative of Major League Soccer against the world’s top teams in the International Champions Cup,” said LA Galaxy President Chris Klein. “This is the most storied and successful club in MLS and competing in this tournament gives our fans an opportunity to see the Galaxy face the most successful clubs from other leagues around the world. We are looking forward to continuing the tradition of bringing global soccer to Southern California this summer.”
The Galaxy are one of ten clubs from across the globe participating in the highly anticipated summer tournament, including teams from Spain, England, Portugal, Mexico and Italy, as well as two other Major League Soccer franchises. Below is a list of all participating teams:
Manchester United F.C.
Paris Saint-Germain F.C.
New York Red Bulls
San Jose Earthquakes
The Galaxy are the only MLS team to make their second appearance in the tournament. In 2013, LA finished fourth in the tournament that featured Real Madrid, Juventus, Chelsea, Inter Milan, AC Milan, Valencia and Everton, highlighted by a 3-1 victory over Juventus at Dodgers Stadium.
In 2015, the International Champions Cup will be played across the globe, including standalone tournaments in both China and Australia. Clubs participating in the two new overseas showcases include Real Madrid CF, Manchester City and AS Roma, providing even more fans from around the world the opportunity to see their favorite clubs live.
This year’s International Champions Cup features the most storied and successful clubs in the world, including many of the world’s top players. The 10 participating teams have won a total of 91 domestic league titles, 98 domestic cup titles, 10 UEFA Champions League titles and six CONCACAF Champions League titles. The teams feature nine of the 2014-2015 FIFA Ballon d’Or nominees, as well as 31 of the top 100 players in the world as chosen yearly by renowned English magazine FourFourTwo.
“The last two years have demonstrated the thirst for soccer in the United States,” said David Tyler, CEO of Relevent Sports. “The clubs participating in the International Champions Cup this year are some of the most storied and well-known in the entire world. Through our tournament and commitment to putting the best product and teams on the pitch, we will continue to grow soccer both domestically and abroad.”
“Year Two of the International Champions Cup set the gold standard for soccer worldwide,” said Charlie Stillitano, Chairman of Relevent Sports. “Not only did more than 600,000 fans pack stadiums to watch elite soccer across the country, but the 109,000 fans attending the Manchester United and Real Madrid match created a historic day for both the tournament and the sport. We are excited to bring even more fans, historic matchups and world-class soccer to iconic venues in 2015.”
The tournament will be seen in over 160 countries across the world and will be played throughout July and August. Official network partners FOX will televise the entirety of the tournament’s 17 matches live on FOX, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2. Internationally, future media rights deals will be announced over the coming weeks.