Apr 17, 2013, 4:43 PM EDT
The LA Galaxy will be one of the team’s that will take part in this summer’s Guinness Champions Cup – a super tournament of eight teams that plans to take summer tours of the U.S. to a new level. Instead of the typical, isolated friendlies Europe’s giants usually hold during summer tours of the States, the Champions Cup will feature a week of action before narrow down to semis and finals, eventually crowning a winner of one of the more supercharged exhibitions imaginable.
Real Madrid, Inter Milan, and Juventus are also among the four teams initially announced, and while it remains to be seen how seriously teams in preseason mode can take this competition, the Galaxy are sure to be have their hands full in what promises to be a stellar field.
LA Galaxy president Chris Klein:
“It is an honor for the Galaxy to be able to represent Major League Soccer against some of the world’s top clubs in the inaugural Guinness International Champions Cup … Our fans are accustomed to seeing their team take on the world’s elite club teams in summer friendlies and we are excited to be able to continue that tradition here in the Southern California as well as in other cities throughout the United States.”
The final four entrants will be announced on May 7. From the LA Galaxy’s news release, here are the tournament details:
The tournament will open in Europe on July 27 in a city to be determined and be contested over seven days at six marquee venues across the United States, with semifinals in Los Angeles and New York on August 3-4. In addition to Los Angeles and New York, games will also be played in Phoenix, San Francisco and Indianapolis before the tournament culminates at Sun Life Stadium in Miami on August 6-7.
Major League Soccer clubs haven’t had the best of times against European opposition, even in friendlies. Last August, Real Madrid embarrassed the MLS champs at Home Depot Center, cruising to a 5-1 win while still early in their preseason.
As far as how this will interfere with LA’s Major League Soccer season, the schedule makers must have had a heads up. The Galaxy aren’t scheduled for any league games from July 27 to August 11.
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