International Champions Cup 2017 The Best Yet

AS Roma's Lucas Moura launches the ball toward the Paris Saint-Germain net during the opening match of the 2017 International Champions Cup on July 19 at Comerica Park in Detroit.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

AS Roma’s Lucas Moura launches the ball toward the Paris Saint-Germain net during the opening match of the 2017 International Champions Cup on July 19 at Comerica Park in Detroit.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

(NEW YORK, NY) – The 2017 International Champions Cup wrapped up on Sunday following Juventus F.C.’s victory over AS Roma in penalty kicks at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA. This followed the biggest match in International Champions Cup history when FC Barcelona defeated Real Madrid C.F. in El Clásico Miami at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, FL.

FC Barcelona took home the United States title for the 2017 International Champions Cup, finishing with a perfect record across their three matches.

In its five-year history, the International Champions Cup, which is organized by Relevent Sports, a division of RSE Ventures, has established itself as the world’s premier summer soccer tournament, hosting top-tier matches in iconic venues across the world.

This year’s tournament featured five sellouts with nearly 700,000 fans in attendance across the 12 matches taking place in the United States.

“The fifth year of the International Champions Cup was undoubtedly the most successful yet,” said Charlie Stillitano, chairman of Relevent Sports. “The collection of clubs, matches, and venues was unprecedented for a preseason tournament and we are thrilled with the results. We look forward to continuing our mission to grow soccer in the United States and promote it worldwide.”

The 2017 International Champions Cup was headlined by the first ever El Clásico to take place in the United States and first outside of Spain since 1982. El Clásico Miami saw long-time rivals Real Madrid C.F. and FC Barcelona match up on July 29, at the newly renovated Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.

Paris Saint-Germain's Alphonse Areola goes high to tip a Roma free kick over the cross bar during the opening match of the 2017 International Champions Cup on July 19 at Comerica Park in Detroit.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Paris Saint-Germain’s Alphonse Areola goes high to tip a Roma free kick over the cross bar during the opening match of the 2017 International Champions Cup on July 19 at Comerica Park in Detroit.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Hailed as one of sport’s all-time greatest rivalries, the rosters for each club featured some of the best players in the world, underscored by the fact that these two clubs currently hold the titles for both the Spanish La Liga and UEFA Champions League in each of the past three years.

FC Barcelona claimed a 3-2 victory in front of a sellout crowd of 66,014 with goals from Lionel Messi, Ivan Rakitić, and Gerard Piqué.

The tournament kicked off with a thrilling match at Comerica Park in Detroit. A near sellout crowd of 36,289 watched Paris Saint-Germain F.C. defeat Italian powerhouse AS Roma in penalty kicks, 1-1 (5-3) in the first ever professional soccer match in the stadium’s history.

The Manchester Derby headed stateside for the first ever match held outside of the United Kingdom with English Premier League powerhouses Manchester City F.C. and Manchester United F.C. meeting at NRG Stadium in Houston, TX, to a crowd of 67,401. Starting together for the first time, Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku each scored in Manchester United F.C.’s 2-0 victory over their crosstown rivals.

Fellow English Premier League power Tottenham Hotspur F.C. began their tournament with a entertaining 4-2 victory over Paris Saint-Germain F.C. at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, FL.

FC Barcelona defeated Juventus F.C. in a 2-1 victory at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ, to set the soccer attendance record in the state of New Jersey with 82,104 fans. Attendees at the match witnessed Barcelona’s superstar striker Neymar win Man of the Match honors with his two-goal performance at the home of the National Football League’s New York Jets and New York Giants.

Just three days later, a sellout crowd watched AS Roma defeat Tottenham Hotspur F.C. 3-2 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ.

Marquinhos opens the scoring for Paris Saint-Germain in the 36' by beating Roma's Alisson Becker during the opening match of the 2017 International Champions Cup on July 19 at Comerica Park in Detroit.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Marquinhos opens the scoring for Paris Saint-Germain in the 36′ by beating Roma’s Alisson Becker during the opening match of the 2017 International Champions Cup on July 19 at Comerica Park in Detroit.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Over 60,000 fans watched Manchester United F.C. defeat Real Madrid C.F. in penalty kicks at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA, marking the ICC’s third appearance at the home of the five-time Super Bowl Champion San Francisco 49ers in as many years.

Manchester United F.C. entertained a second consecutive sellout crowd when they met FC Barcelona at FedExField in Landover, MD. Over 80,000 fans, including former president Barack Obama, watched as Neymar scored the match’s lone goal to give FC Barcelona a 1-0 result.

Later that night, Kevin De Bruyne led Manchester City F.C. to a 4-1 victory over Real Madrid C.F. in front of a sellout crowd of 93,098 at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the largest for a soccer match in the stadium’s history.

Prior to El Clásico Miami, over 40,000 fans attended Hard Rock Stadium for Juventus F.C. 3-2 victory over French Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain F.C., watching Claudio Marchisio convert a penalty kick to earn the win.

In Nashville, the match between Manchester City F.C. and Tottenham Hotspur F.C. at Nissan Stadium set the Tennessee state soccer attendance record of 56,232, surpassing the record previously set during the Gold Cup match between the United States and Panama, just two weeks prior. This competition between two English Premier League rivals ended in a 3-0 victory for Manchester City F.C..

The International Champions Cup closed with a match between two hugely popular Serie A clubs, AS Roma and Juventus F.C., facing off at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough. Juventus F.C. went on to defeat AS Roma in penalty kicks, 1-1 (5-4).

Gerson (L) and Javier Pastore each take a stab at the ball during the opening match of the 2017 International Champions Cup between AS Roma and Paris Saint-Germain on July 19 at Comerica Park in Detroit.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Gerson (L) and Javier Pastore each take a stab at the ball during the opening match of the 2017 International Champions Cup between AS Roma and Paris Saint-Germain on July 19 at Comerica Park in Detroit.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Final Results

  • Paris Saint-Germain F.C. def. AS Roma 1-1 (5-3 PKs) in Detroit
  • Manchester United F.C. def. Manchester City F.C. 2-0
  • FC Barcelona def. Juventus F.C. 2-1
  • Tottenham Hotspur F.C. def. Paris Saint-Germain F.C. 4-2
  • Manchester United F.C. def. Real Madrid C.F. 1-1 (2-1 PKs)
  • AS Roma def. Tottenham Hotspur F.C. 3-2
  • F.C. Barcelona def. Manchester United F.C. 1-0
  • Juventus F.C. def. Paris Saint-Germain F.C. 3-2
  • Manchester City F.C. def. Real Madrid C.F. 4-1
  • Manchester City F.C. def. Tottenham Hotspur F.C. 3-0
  • F.C. Barcelona def. Real Madrid C.F 3-2
  • Juventus F.C. def. AS Roma 1-1 (5-4 PKs)

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