Chelsea vs Real Madrid & LA Galaxy vs AC Milan, International Champions Cup: Open Thread

miami ac milan 600x448 Chelsea vs Real Madrid & LA Galaxy vs AC Milan, International Champions Cup: Open Thread

Today marks the last night of the International Champions Cup featuring the semi-final between AC Milan and LA Galaxy (6:30pm ET on FOX Soccer) and then the final between Chelsea and Real Madrid.

Kartik Krishnaiyer and I are sitting in the press box with a birds-eye view of the pitch at Miami’s Sun Life Stadium. The team line-ups are in for the first match:

AC Milan:

Abbiati, Balotelli, El Shaarawy, Emanuelson, Montolivo, Niang, Nocerino, Poli, Zaccardo, Zapata, Silvestre.

LA Galaxy:

Cudicini, Dunivant, Gonzalez, Franklin, Keane, Sarvas, Donovan, Rogers, Juninho, DeLaGarza, Leonardo.

I’ll try and grab some interviews later tonight. If you have any specific questions you’d like me to ask to any specific players or managers, post them in the comments section below.

Before, during or after tonight’s matches, post your observations, comments and rants and raves in the comments section.

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21 Responses to Chelsea vs Real Madrid & LA Galaxy vs AC Milan, International Champions Cup: Open Thread

  1. austin says:

    Is david Luiz leaving chelsea?

  2. I would like to know if David Luiz would be sold to Barcelona.

  3. Smokey Bacon says:

    is it just me but Rogandino is actually a decent commentator? Has much more of a natural feel for the game than the clueless one.

  4. Kris says:

    Yes!

    Cox is now up and running on NBC Sports Live Extra app!!

    Whoo!

    Please, footy gods, please let the app have a replay feature

    :) ;)

    • Frill Artist says:

      Each match is available for a few days, I think.

      • Kris says:

        Sweet. Awesome news. The wifey takes the app – gets it to where it’s just the match on the screen. Training her well (ha) – No chance of scores. Just my matches. Unharmed. Ready for my viewing pleasure. Life is good.

        :) :)

  5. Frill Artist says:

    Real Madrid bus is arriving at the stadium.

  6. Bruce Gottesman says:

    Muntari just put a dent in the bar from serious distance. Man that guy’s good

  7. Dzachery says:

    Any word on Chelsea vs Madrid lineup?

    • Christopher Harris says:

      Cech, Ivanovic, Cole, Ramires, Lampard, Oscar, van Ginkle, Hazard, Lukaku, Cahill, Terry.

      Cadillac, Kleper, Ramos, Khedira, Ronaldo, Benzema, Ozil, Marcelo, Arbeloa, Modric, Francisco.

  8. lukythadon says:

    No way is luiz leaving.mourinho hates barca and wont sell to them also luiz is gonna be chelsea future captain.So hes staying 100%

  9. krawmn says:

    Exciting pre-season match. Come on, Chelsea! really surprising that Miami could not retain an MLS club; surely the future will see another Miami football club.

  10. Chris says:

    I would love to see a few things about this pre season tournament change. I would like to see the top 3 that finish in tier leauge from some of the best leagues in the world from Europe and South America and of course you could put some MLS teams in there. I think that this tournament could become one that people look foward to every year.

  11. Smokey Bacon says:

    Great free kick from Ronaldo. One way traffic. Mourinho looking silly after mouthing off about CR7.

  12. goatslookshifty says:

    Rob Stone, Warren and Wynalda are killing me with their giggling banter! They act like three businessmen in the hotel bar.

  13. jtm371 says:

    i have to admit i enjoy chelski getting a kick to the backside by RM.plus Jose getting his nose rubbed in it.I know just preseason but i am smiling.not so special tonight Jose.

  14. Sacto Blues says:

    Not the best performance from Chelsea but it was just a pre-season final and nothing more. On a positive note there was some good things from Chelsea tonight and i still think we will bring home some silverware this year.

  15. goatslookshifty says:

    Why would Keith Costigan waste his opportunity with Ronaldo by asking a S%&t-stirring question about his supposed goal celebration towards Jose and RM? Fox were more concerned with the childish squabble than his performance. Nice work!

  16. David says:

    Does anyone know why Real Madrid players did not have their names on the back of their uniforms? I thought it was a standard to have them? thanks.

    • Christopher Harris says:

      The same thing happened to Everton Tuesday night. Sometimes it’s because the final squad numbers haven’t been chosen for the upcoming season. Other times it can be because the teams have new kits that just arrived that they haven’t had a chance to print the names/numbers on.

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