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Manchester City vs. Liverpool soccer match coming to Bank of America Stadium

By Cleve R. Wootson Jr.
cwootson@charlotteobserver.com

Two popular British soccer clubs are coming to Bank of America Stadium in August, according to media reports in the United States and London and a city of Charlotte official.

Manchester City will take on Liverpool at Bank of America Stadium on Aug. 2, according to the Daily Mirror newspaper and the blog World Soccer Talk.

According to the news organizations’ websites, 12 European teams will play in eight U.S. cities, including Charlotte, as part of the International Champions Cup. The tournament will run from July 26 to Aug. 4.

Manchester City, one of the wealthiest soccer clubs in the world, is second in the Premier League. Liverpool is fourth. Manchester City won the Premier League in 2012 and was runner-up in 2013. Liverpool’s 18 championships are second only to Manchester United’s 20.

Charlotte City leaders have said they were trying to land an international soccer tournament for Bank of America Stadium.

Charlie Dayton, a spokesman for the Carolina Panthers, didn’t return an e-mail seeking comment. Assistant City Manager Ron Kimble, reached Sunday at his home, said the city is “working hard and feverishly to land one international football game” but wouldn’t confirm media reports about the match or say whether the city was close to landing a particular game.

As part of last year’s $87.5 million agreement between the city and the Carolina Panthers for stadium renovations, the NFL team agreed to provide the city and Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority with four rent-free dates for 10 years. Each rent-free date is worth $250,000.

Wootson: 704-358-5046; Twitter: @CleveWootson
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