Madrid to headline US tournament
Real Madrid will be one of seven European teams competing in a summer soccer tournament that will conclude in Miami on Aug. 6-7. Also confirmed Tuesday were Inter Milan and Juventus, along with the Los Angeles Galaxy. The rest of the eight-team field will be announced later.
Organizers plan for the tournament to become an annual event. It’ll begin open in Europe on July 27. Opening-round games also are planned in the Phoenix area, San Francisco and Indianapolis, with the semifinals in the New York and Los Angeles areas Aug. 3-4.
The final four games in Miami will determine the champion and third, fifth and seventh place. Relevent Sports, a division of RSE Ventures, and FOX Sports Media Group, unveiled plans for the 2013 Guinness International Champions Cup, a brand new eight team bracketed soccer tournament taking place this summer in the United States.
“The United States has never seen a club soccer tournament of this scope and caliber,” said Charlie Stillitano, Relevent Sports CEO. “The Guinness International Champions Cup will bring a new level of excitement and enthusiasm to the burgeoning sport of soccer across America. The teams are world-class, the fans are passionate and we could not be happier to facilitate such a landmark event.
FOX Soccer will televise 11 of the prestigious tournament’s 12 matches live, including the championship on Aug. 7 at 9:00 PM ET. FOX Sports will also add to the coverage and broadcast a live match Saturday Aug, 3 at 8:00PM ET. In future years the tournament will be televised by FOX Sports 1, FSMG’s newly minted national multi-sport cable channel launching in August.
“FOX Soccer is excited to work with Relevent Sports and Guinness to be the primary television home for the Guinness International Champions Cup this summer,” said David Nathanson, Executive Vice President and General Manager, FOX Soccer. “The tournament brings great teams from around the world together in the U.S. and gives American soccer fans a chance to see the sport and at its highest level of play.”
FOX Soccer, part of the FOX Sports Media Group, offers the most comprehensive multi-media coverage of world-class soccer available in the United States. Encompassing FOX Soccer, FOX Soccer Plus, FOXSoccer.com and FOX Soccer 2Go, the network serves as the primary destination in the United States for elite competitions including England’s Barclays Premier League and FA Cup, UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League, the Scottish Premier League, and the Australian Hyundai A-League in addition to such prestigious tournaments as the CONCACAF Champions League and CONCACAF Gold Cup, as well as the future home of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
The Associated Press was used in this report.