Beginning Thursday, July 24, the biggest and most exciting soccer tournament in the North America this summer kicks off as eight stellar teams travel to play across the US and Canada.
The 2014 edition of the International Champions Cup features Real Madrid, Manchester United, Inter Milan, Liverpool, Manchester City, AC Milan, AS Roma and Olympiacos. The tournament features two groups. Each team plays a minimum of three games. And then the winners of the two groups will play in the final on August 4 in Miami to determine who the 2015 champion will be.
The cities where the tournament will take place are:
• Washington DC,
• New York,
• Ann Arbor,
• Charlotte, and
Tickets are available for most of the matches, but don’t delay. For example, the Ann Arbor game between last year’s champions Real Madrid and Manchester United sold out in hours, and it’s going to be the most attended soccer game in the history of the sport in the United States, with an attendance surpassing 100,000 people.
Listed below is each team and the squad they’re bringing to the tournament, as well as the tournament schedule.
AS Roma appointed a new manager at the start of the 2013-2014 season, Rudi Garcia, who enjoyed a successful start to his career in Rome by setting a record in winning 10 games in a row. AS Roma will be competing in the Serie A for the 62nd season in a row and 82nd overall.
Goalkeepers: Bogdon Lubont, Morgan De Sanctis, Tomas Svedkauskas, Lucasz Skorupski
Defenders: Petar Golubovic, Ashley Cole, Leandro Castan, Alessio Romagnoli, Mehdi Benatia, Michele Somma, Mihai Balasa, Urby Emanuelson, Elio Capradossi
Midfielders: Radja Nainggolan, Kevin Strootman, Francesco Totti, Daniele De Rossi, Miralem Pjanic, Seydou Keita, Leandro Paredes, Salih Ucan
Forwards: Juan Manuel Iturbe, Adem Ljajic, Marco Borriello, Mattia Destro, Alessandro Florenzi, Gervinho, Stefano Pettinari, Antonio Sanabria
After a disappointing 7th place finish in the Premier League last season, Manchester United’s new manager Louis van Gaal has a lot to accomplish in his first season at Old Trafford. With virtually the entire first team squad traveling to the International Champions Cup, the effort Manchester United puts forth should be a good barometer of what the team will accomplish this season.