Posted February 04, 2014

Real Madrid, Manchester United, Manchester City headline 8-team 2014 ICC field

A.S. Roma, AC Milan, Chelsea, Cristiano Ronaldo, Grant Wahl, L.A. Galaxy, Liverpool, Luis Suarez, Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid
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Cristiano Ronaldo (left), Iker Casillas and Real Madrid won the inaugural Guinness International Champions Cup, and they’ll return to defend that title this summer. (Scott A. Miller/AP)

The Guinness International Champions Cup will return for its second edition after a 2013 debut, and SI.com has learned the eight teams that will make up this year’s star-studded field.

Real Madrid, Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, AC Milan, Inter Milan, Roma and Olympiakos will venture to North America after the World Cup to take part in the ICC as part of their club preseason activities.

The tournament will take place from July 26 to August 4 in Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Washington D.C. and Miami. (There will be at least one additional venue that has yet to be finalized.)

Unlike last year’s event, which was played with a bracket, this year’s ICC will have two four-team groups. The winners of each group will meet in the final at SunLife Stadium near Miami.

There are a couple of caveats. One, the teams are subject to change if they end up having to participate in qualifying for 2014-15 UEFA tournaments based on their performance in the current league season. And two, players whose national teams go deep into the World Cup (which ends on July 13) may not be available.

Last year, Real Madrid defeated Chelsea in the final at SunLife Stadium. The inaugural tournament also featured AC Milan, Juventus, Inter, Everton, Valencia and the LA Galaxy.

11 comments
Smoothkaos
Smoothkaos

I agree with Doug1, the MLS Cup champions should be included each year as well as that teams city being one of the respective cities to host the event.  I know KC would like to host at Sporting Park, who wouldn't?!  I'd like to also add that I also feel that ANY tournament or event held in the US being played by top world teams should be hosted by cities with existing MLS teams.  Why does Pittsburgh, Miami, Phoenix, & Charlotte get to host when they don't even have a built-in fanbase?  Actually Charlotte has a great fanbase but KC, Portland, Seattle, Portland, Columbus, and Salt Lake City ALL have SUPERB fanbases with successful MLS teams and should be hosting instead not to mention all of the other MLS cities being left out.  


As a KC fan I'd be ecstatic to see these Serie A, La Liga, EPL, and Greek Super League teams come to play!!!!!!!  Bring Bundasliga teams like Bayern Munich, BVB, Leverkusen, Eredivisie teams Ajax & PSV, Ligue 1 PSG and Marseille, Galatasaray from Turkey, hell ALL of the Champions League teams plus a few from South America like Newell's Old Boys, River Plate, Boca Juniors from Argentina and Brazil Serie A teams like Club Atletico Maneiro & Corinthians.  If not Champions League then invite the Europa League teams, I'm sure they would like to expand their market to the US and build their clubs up.  I just want the US to understand that there are millions of us die-hard futbol fans here and support our MLS teams but would give an arm and leg (left nut too!) to see the top teams of the world come to our local MLS soccer stadiums instead of making them travel to these cities that don't have the MLS support that other cities already do.  

Doug1
Doug1

Nice group, but I'd still like to see the MLS Cup champions involved every year.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

I think it's a pretty strong draw for a competition in its second year. We'd all love to see Munich, PSG, or Juventus, and even a few more, but I like the choices. And it can only be so big.  

On the snarky side, I'd like to Arsenal or Chelsea instead of Man U, but David Moyes is doing the best he can.

rjw5005
rjw5005

Did they announce when the draw will take place?

adams
adams

This is a cup with a grandiose title which includes no non-European teams and does not include either of last year's Champions League finalists.  What sense does that make? 

ajsthind
ajsthind

No California venue? Surely we will get one added.

RashaadJorden
RashaadJorden

@Smoothkaos  Maybe MLS teams couldn't fit the event into their schedules. And in the case of SKC, they already have the CCL.

utopia13
utopia13

@adams  Bayern has already committed to playing Portland and the MLS All Stars around the same time. Dortmond isn't a big enough draw. Both Milan clubs are horrible this year but will draw big crowds...

MrTimeAttack
MrTimeAttack

@ajsthind Yeah,  I was thinking the same thing. Soccer is TOO BIG here in California, especially SoCal, to NOT have a match held here.  Fingers crossed the organizers at a Cali date. I'll be there with my two sons! :-)

Smoothkaos
Smoothkaos

@MrTimeAttack @ajsthind  I so hope the stadium will be ready and gets selected so I can go.  I'd fly back to KC (hometown) if they were hosting but they aren't selected, yet(?!)