Category: International Champions Cup

Most-attended soccer friendlies in US during summer of 2017

Another round of the annual summer friendlies has come and gone. And as has been the case for the last several years, they have been a smashing success both in terms of attendance at the games and people watching on TV. This summer saw three of the biggest clubs in the world in the US for preseason action as Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United all made their presence felt. But plenty of other clubs were here as well including Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City, Swansea City, AS Roma, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain. In addition to the European clubs, a number of ... Read more

A behind-the-scenes look at how NextVR broadcasts live soccer in VR

The recently-completed International Champions Cup (ICC) was the most successful in its five year history. For the second year in a row, NextVR brought live and on-demand games in virtual reality (VR) to soccer fans around the world. The highlight of the tournament was the the first el Clásico to be experienced in VR featuring Real Madrid against Barcelona. World Soccer Talk was given access and a tour of NextVR’s setup for el Clásico Miami on the day of the match. NextVR mixed 12 cameras with 2 views each (left and right) and 24 audio channels to create a seamless, virtual reality experience. ... Read more

MLS and Gold Cup overshadowed by successful International Champions Cup

This summer has been another win for soccer in the United States, but should we be surprised? It seems that every summer in the United States is now positioned as “the summer of soccer,” and this year’s edition was no exception as many of the best clubs from around the world descended on the United States. Plus, there was the CONCACAF Gold Cup as well as domestic club soccer to keep everyone busy during the hot summer months. But while soccer was the big winner in the United States this summer, Major League Soccer and the Gold Cup were completely ... Read more

Roma-Juventus game brings out passionate fans for enjoyable game in Foxborough

Of all of the matches I covered during this summer’s International Champions Cup, AS Roma against Juventus from Gillette Stadium was perhaps the most unique. Neither club has the star power and recognizable branding of a team like Barcelona or Manchester United. Instead, this matchup drew fans with a strong connection to their team. While the strictly Serie A fixture from Gillette Stadium hosted the second lowest amount of fans of any match I covered during the tournament, this one felt as if there was more to play for. Ahead of kickoff, I walked through the parking lots, visiting tailgates ... Read more

South Florida treated to world-class soccer and large crowds for International Champions Cup

South Florida remains to many American soccer fans the most polarizing market for the sport in the United States. A place where MLS is determined to return, but fans across the nation view with skepticism and a certain degree of disdain. A market that has seen lower division clubs come and go, but in 2017 has nine teams competing in national leagues at the division four level or higher. It’s filled with passion for the sport if not for a single locally-based club or team. Perhaps as last week’s International Champions Cup events demonstrate, the South Florida market is just ... Read more

Five goal Spurs-Roma thriller entertains full house at Red Bull Arena

Walking into Red Bull Arena, I was surprised to see how many random soccer jerseys were being worn. I’d come to watch Tottenham Hotspur play AS Roma after all, but if you’d told someone with no knowledge of the fixture to come, they’d have had a hard time telling you exactly who was playing whom. Everton, Chelsea and Manchester United — I even saw an RSL kit — were just a few of the clubs whose colors were on display as I made my way from the parking lot to the press entrance. Unlike Barcelona vs Juventus — which I’d covered just a few days earlier ... Read more

Record-breaking 82,000 fans attend Barcelona-Juventus International Champions Cup game

In front of a record-breaking 82,104 fans — the most ever for a soccer game in New Jersey, Barcelona saw off Juventus 2–1 in an exciting International Champions Cup match at MetLife Stadium Saturday night featuring two quality first-half goals from Neymar. Veteran defender Giorgio Chiellini scored a towering header to halve the lead for Juventus but Barcelona’s Brazilian superstar stole the show. Neymar was electrifying and, considering he’s been at the center of the media storm surrounding the Catalan club, it was fitting that he should remain so after an impressive 45 minutes. It’s funny how transfer news — recently dubbed ‘the ... Read more

Enter to win tickets to el Clásico Miami featuring Real Madrid vs. Barcelona

Tickets to el Clásico Miami, the most eagerly anticipated club soccer game this summer, have been selling at a rapid pace with huge demand from fans around the United States. When you have the two biggest clubs in the world, Real Madrid and Barcelona, facing off against each other for the first time on US soil, the world pays attention. And when you’re having the game played at the newly-renovated Hard Rock Stadium, it’s going to be an unforgettable experience for the fans in attendance on Saturday, July 29. To celebrate Barcelona and Real Madrid coming to Miami, South Florida’s ... Read more