Charlotte will have its biggest summer of international soccer yet when England’s Chelsea plays Paris Saint-Germain in an International Champions Cup game July 25 in Bank of America Stadium. A news conference to introduce the game to Charlotte is scheduled for Wednesday at the stadium.
The Chelsea-PSG game follows an already announced Gold Cup doubleheader July 15, when Cuba plays Guatemala and Mexico goes against Trinidad & Tobago.
What to expect
Chelsea, which is closing in on this season’s English Premier League title, is led by coach Jose Mourinho and players such as Eden Hazard, Diego Costa and John Terry. Mourinho is perhaps the most controversial and polarizing soccer coach in the world with his often bristly behavior and defensive-minded (yet effective) tactics.
PSG, which advanced to the quarterfinals of Europe’s Champions League by beating Chelsea, has one of the world’s top forwards in Zlatan Ibrahimovic, as well as Brazilian defenders David Luiz and Thiago Silva.
Explaining the ICC
The International Champions Cup brings together several of the world’s top teams for a tournament with games in the United States, Canada, England and Italy. Teams include Spain’s Barcelona, England’s Manchester United and Chelsea, Mexico’s Club America, PSG, Portugal’s Porto, Italy’s Fiorentina, as well as Major League Soccer’s New York Red Bulls, Los Angeles Galaxy and San Jose Earthquakes.
Other games will be played in Chicago, Hartford, Conn., Harrison, N.J., San Jose, Calif., Seattle, Toronto, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Washington, Santa Clara, Calif., Carson, Calif., London and Florence, Italy.
Each team plays four games; the team with the most points (three for a win, one for a tie) wins the tournament.
England’s Liverpool beat Italy’s A.C. Milan 2-0 in an ICC game in front of a crowd of 69,364 last summer at Bank of America Stadium.
Presale tickets for most ICC games will be available beginning 10 a.m. Monday. General public sales begin 10 a.m. May 7. More information is available at InternationalChampionsCup.com.
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