LA Galaxy to join Real Madrid and Juventus in inaugural International Champions Cup
The LA Galaxy may have been eliminated from the CONCACAF Champions League recently, but they'll have the Champions Cup to look forward to this summer.
On Wednesday, the defending MLS Cup champions announced that they will be one of eight teams to participate in the International Champions Cup that will also feature Italian powers Inter Milan and Juventus as well as Spanish giants Real Madrid.
The other four teams will be announced on May 7 and the tournament will be televised on Fox Soccer and Fox Sports.
"I think overall there's clearly a benefit to our club in terms of recognition, playing against some of the great clubs in the world," said Galaxy manager Bruce Arena. "And, obviously, for our players to be up close and personal with great players of the world, see how they conduct themselves on and off the field. I think that's always a great learning experience, especially for our younger players.”
The tournament kicks off in a European city on July 27 before moving to US soil with matches played in Los Angeles, New York, Phoenix, San Francisco, Indianapolis and Miami. LA and New York will host the semis (Aug. 3-4), while Sun Life Stadium in Miami will host the finals (Aug. 6-7).
Each team in the International Champions Cup will play at least three matches and the Galaxy are ensured one match in Los Angeles on Aug. 3 or Aug. 4.
The Galaxy's MLS regular-season schedule allows for participation in the tournament. After their league match at Colorado on Saturday, July 27, the LA's next scheduled regular-season game is Sunday, August 11, at FC Dallas.