Reds And Red Devils At At Ann Arbor

Lucas Vazquez celebrates Marcelo's second goal during the International Champions Cup match between Real Madrid and Chelsea FC at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, MI, on 30 July 2016. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Lucas Vazquez celebrates Marcelo’s second goal during the International Champions Cup match between Real Madrid and Chelsea FC at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, MI, on 30 July 2016.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

(ANN ARBOR, MI) – The International Champions Cup soccer tournament is returning to North America with a stop in our region. The challenge, which features the best European soccer clubs, has consistently visited the area, drawing 105,826 when Real Madrid defeated Chelsea 3-2 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, and last year’s 2-1 penalty kick victory by Paris Saint-Germain over AS Roma at Comerica Park in Detroit.

This year the ICC is returning to Ann Arbor when two of the world’s favourite teams clash at the Big House. In the 7th match of the North America leg of the ICC, Manchester United will meet Liverpool when the two power houses meet on July 28.

Tickets go on sale to the public on April 23 to see the global giants of soccer. Manchester United is the world’s most valuable soccer team, valued by Forbes at $3.6 Billion, while Liverpool clocks in at $1.4 Billion.

In 2014, ManU and Real Madrid was watched by 109,318 fans at the Big House; a US attendance record. This year’s contest will be the third match to be played at Michigan University.

The 18-team tournament will visit 13 US cities and August 7, as well as making stops in seven European locales and Singapore. The ICC is managed by New York City-based Relevant Sports.

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.

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Ian Shalapata
Ian writes for and provides imagery to Square Media Group as well as accepting freelance photographic assignments. In addition, he has contributed to media organizations, sporting groups, and individuals across North America including the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, Chatham-Kent Sports Network, the Golf Association of Michigan, League 1 Ontario, as well as numerous colleges and universities in Canada and the United States. Email Ian Shalapata