International Champions Cup teams set, with final slated for Sun Life Stadium
02/04/2014 12:01 AM
02/04/2014 1:55 AM
David Beckham is not the only one making a big soccer announcement in Miami this week.
On Tuesday at Sun Life Stadium, the lineup for the 2014 Guinness International Champions Cup is being announced, and it is quite a collection of high-profile teams: Manchester United, Manchester City, Real Madrid, AC Milan, Inter Milan, Liverpool FC, AS Roma and Olympiacos.
The second-year tournament will be played from July 26 to Aug. 4 in 13 U.S. cities, and culminate with the championship match Aug. 4 at Sun Life Stadium. The cities and format will be announced Tuesday.
The field includes five of this season’s Ballon d’Or nominees, including winner Cristiano Ronaldo, and finalists Luis Suarez, Yaya Touré, Robin van Persie and Gareth Bale. The teams have combined for 150 domestic league titles and 27 UEFA Champions League titles.
Last year’s ICC final between Real Madrid and Chelsea drew a crowd of 67,273.
General public tickets for this summer’s final at Sun Life Stadium go on sale 10 a.m. Thursday.
The tournament news comes on the eve of another big soccer event in town. On Wednesday morning, at a press conference at the new Perez Art Museum downtown, Beckham will officially be awarded a Major League Soccer franchise by league commissioner Don Garber and they will discuss their intention to bring the team to Miami, pending a viable stadium deal.
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