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News Roundup: Union sign Mbaizo, Toronto lose to Chivas, Hack’s U-17’s defeat Norway

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Liverpool to play Dortmund in Nashville in Jürgen Klopp return

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EXCLUSIVE: Liverpool Football Club will play Borussia Dortmund this July in Nashville, Tennessee in a friendly match that will see the return of Jürgen Klopp to face his old Bundesliga club, according to a World Soccer Talk source.

The match, scheduled to be part of the 2018 International Champions Cup, will be played on Sunday, July 22.

Liverpool to play Dortmund in Nashville in Jürgen Klopp return

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EXCLUSIVE: Liverpool Football Club will play Borussia Dortmund this July in Nashville, Tennessee in a friendly match that will see the return of Jürgen Klopp to face his old Bundesliga club, according to a World Soccer Talk source.

The match, scheduled to be part of the 2018 International Champions Cup, will be played on Sunday, July 22.

Manchester City announce US summer tour as part of International Champions Cup

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Manchester City has announced that the club will be participating in the 2018 International Champions Cup throughout the United States this summer, which will include a high-profile game in New York City.

City, who are currently chasing a first-ever quadruple (Premier League, League Cup, FA Cup and Champions League), will be competing in the tournament for the second year in a row.

Five goal Spurs-Roma thriller entertains full house at Red Bull Arena

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Walking into Red Bull Arena, I was surprised to see how many random soccer jerseys were being worn. I’d come to watch Tottenham Hotspur play AS Roma after all, but if you’d told someone with no knowledge of the fixture to come, they’d have had a hard time telling you exactly who was playing whom.

Five goal Spurs-Roma thriller entertains full house at Red Bull Arena

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Walking into Red Bull Arena, I was surprised to see how many random soccer jerseys were being worn. I’d come to watch Tottenham Hotspur play AS Roma after all, but if you’d told someone with no knowledge of the fixture to come, they’d have had a hard time telling you exactly who was playing whom.

United States

England’s top six among European powers set for Champions Cup

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Miami (AFP) – Champions League semi-finalists Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Roma and Liverpool plus English powers Manchester City and Manchester United will be among the European giants competing in this year’s International Champions Cup, it was announced Tuesday.

The 18-team, 27-match pre-season competition kicks off less than a week after the conclusion of the World Cup in Russia.

International Champions Cup tickets on sale

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The 2018 International Champions Cup tickets will be going on sale soon with a lot of anticipation for the popular soccer tournament staged in the United States each summer.

With the US Men’s National Team crashing out of World Cup qualifying, it gives the International Champions Cup an opportunity to bring many of the biggest teams from around the world to the United States to entertain soccer fans who would have otherwise been heading to Russia to cheer on the US of A.

International Champions Cup tickets on sale

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The 2018 International Champions Cup tickets will be going on sale soon with a lot of anticipation for the popular soccer tournament staged in the United States each summer.

With the US Men’s National Team crashing out of World Cup qualifying, it gives the International Champions Cup an opportunity to bring many of the biggest teams from around the world to the United States to entertain soccer fans who would have otherwise been heading to Russia to cheer on the US of A.

Top 50 most-attended soccer games in United States during 2017

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The year 2017 was full of positives for attendances at soccer matches throughout the United States.

First, it was another successful summer for the International Champions Cup. The annual soccer tournament had the three most-attended soccer games in the United States as well as six out of the top ten attendances nationwide.

Top 50 most-attended soccer games in United States during 2017

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The year 2017 was full of positives for attendances at soccer matches throughout the United States.

First, it was another successful summer for the International Champions Cup. The annual soccer tournament had the three most-attended soccer games in the United States as well as six out of the top ten attendances nationwide.

MLS and Gold Cup overshadowed by successful International Champions Cup

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This summer has been another win-win for soccer in the United States, but should we be surprised?

It seems that every summer in the United States is now positioned as “the summer of soccer,” and this year’s edition was no exception as many of the best clubs from around the world descended on the United States.

MLS and Gold Cup overshadowed by successful International Champions Cup

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This summer has been another win-win for soccer in the United States, but should we be surprised?

It seems that every summer in the United States is now positioned as “the summer of soccer,” and this year’s edition was no exception as many of the best clubs from around the world descended on the United States.

Friendly: Man Utd Pip Real Madrid On Penalties In San Diego, Symbolism Rife As Ronald McDonald Leads Teams Out Of Tunnel (Photos & Video)

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The symbolism was on point as none other than Ronald McDonald himself was charged with leading both the Manchester United and Real Madrid players out of the tunnel for Sunday's International Champions Cup friendly in San Siego.

Sure enough, the world's premier fast-food harlequin escorted the two teams out of the tunnel at the Levi's Stadium, resplendent in gaudy red and gold.

De Gea ‘guaranteed’ to stay at United: Mourinho

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Santa Clara (United States) (AFP) – Jose Mourinho has given a “guarantee” that David De Gea will stay at Manchester United this season, despite the long-running saga over a potential move to Real Madrid.

Transfer speculation over De Gea returning to hometown club Real has stretched on for the last two years, ever since the goalkeeper was a whisker away from heading to the Bernabeu in the summer of 2015.

Friendly: Lukaku And Rashford Notch Nifty Goals As Man Utd Beat Man City In Houston (Photos & Video)

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Houston's NRG Stadium played host to the first ever Manchester derby to be played on foreign soil on Thursday night, with the two sides squaring off in the International Champions Cup apropos of nothing.

For what little it's worth, United emerged victorious in front of over 67,000 fans as Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford both registered smart goals in a 2-0 win for Jose Mourinho's mob.

Real Madrid announce squad for International Champions Cup tour

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Real Madrid has unveiled its squad for the 2017 International Champions Cup tour that will played across the United States.

While many of the stars will be available to play in the United States, the glaring omission is Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese star is resting after competing in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.

Borussia Dortmund

Dortmund-Man City, Man United-Liverpool headline International Champions Cup schedule

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Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund headline the International Champions Cup's U.S. schedule, but there are a number on interesting matches set to take place stateside this summer.

Pulisic and co. are set to face Manchester City in Chicago, Liverpool in Charlotte and Benfica in Pittsburgh, headlining the ICC schedule.

Dortmund, Man United, Tottenham headline first five clubs announced for International Champions Cup

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Christian Pulisic is coming stateside this summer for the International Champions Cup.

Pulisic and Dortmund will be joined by Manchester United, Tottenham, Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid this summer as the tournament organizers announced the first five teams set to come to the U.S. this summer.

Juventus

Most-attended soccer friendlies in US during summer of 2017

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Another round of the annual summer friendlies has come and gone. And as has been the case for the last several years, they have been a smashing success both in terms of attendance at the games and people watching on TV.

This summer saw three of the biggest clubs in the world in the US for preseason action as Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United all made their presence felt.

Most-attended soccer friendlies in US during summer of 2017

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Another round of the annual summer friendlies has come and gone. And as has been the case for the last several years, they have been a smashing success both in terms of attendance at the games and people watching on TV.

This summer saw three of the biggest clubs in the world in the US for preseason action as Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United all made their presence felt.

Roma-Juventus game brings out passionate fans for enjoyable game in Foxborough

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Of all of the matches I covered during this summer’s International Champions Cup, AS Roma against Juventus from Gillette Stadium was perhaps the most unique. Neither club has the star power and recognizable branding of a team like Barcelona or Manchester United. Instead, this matchup drew fans with a strong connection to their team.

Roma-Juventus game brings out passionate fans for enjoyable game in Foxborough

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Of all of the matches I covered during this summer’s International Champions Cup, AS Roma against Juventus from Gillette Stadium was perhaps the most unique. Neither club has the star power and recognizable branding of a team like Barcelona or Manchester United. Instead, this matchup drew fans with a strong connection to their team.

Juventus, Roma Go to PKs at Gillette

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There was no shortage of drama at Gillette Stadium on Sunday as Juventus edged Roma on penalties in a 1-1 draw before a crowd of 33,039 during its International Champions Cup clash in Foxboro, Mass.

Douglas Costa scored the decisive penalty to send the defending Serie A champions to victory.

Football: Juventus top Roma on penalties in International Champions Cup friendly

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New York (AFP) – Juventus closed out the International Champions Cup friendly tournament with a 5-4 win on penalties over Roma after the Italian clubs played to a 1-1 draw.

Mario Mandzukic’s opening goal for Italian champions Juventus was cancelled out by Edin Dzeko’s second-half strike.

Football: Juventus top Roma on penalties in International Champions Cup friendly

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New York (AFP) – Juventus closed out the International Champions Cup friendly tournament with a 5-4 win on penalties over Roma after the Italian clubs played to a 1-1 draw.

Mario Mandzukic’s opening goal for Italian champions Juventus was cancelled out by Edin Dzeko’s second-half strike.

Record-breaking 82,000 fans attend Barcelona-Juventus International Champions Cup game

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In front of a record-breaking 82,104 fans - the most ever for a soccer game in New Jersey, Barcelona saw off Juventus 2–1 in an exciting International Champions Cup match at MetLife Stadium Saturday night featuring two quality first-half goals from Neymar.

Veteran defender Giorgio Chiellini scored a towering header to halve the lead for Juventus but Barcelona’s Brazilian superstar stole the show.

Record-breaking 82,000 fans attend Barcelona-Juventus International Champions Cup game

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In front of a record-breaking 82,104 fans - the most ever for a soccer game in New Jersey, Barcelona saw off Juventus 2–1 in an exciting International Champions Cup match at MetLife Stadium Saturday night featuring two quality first-half goals from Neymar.

Veteran defender Giorgio Chiellini scored a towering header to halve the lead for Juventus but Barcelona’s Brazilian superstar stole the show.

La Liga

A behind-the-scenes look at how NextVR broadcasts live soccer in VR

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The recently-completed International Champions Cup (ICC) was the most successful in its five year history. For the second year in a row, NextVR brought live and on-demand games in virtual reality (VR) to soccer fans around the world. The highlight of the tournament was the the first el Clásico to be experienced in VR featuring Real Madrid against Barcelona.

A behind-the-scenes look at how NextVR broadcasts live soccer in VR

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The recently-completed International Champions Cup (ICC) was the most successful in its five year history. For the second year in a row, NextVR brought live and on-demand games in virtual reality (VR) to soccer fans around the world. The highlight of the tournament was the the first el Clásico to be experienced in VR featuring Real Madrid against Barcelona.

Enter to win tickets to el Clásico Miami featuring Real Madrid vs. Barcelona

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Tickets to el Clásico Miami, the most eagerly anticipated club soccer game this summer, have been selling at a rapid pace with huge demand from fans around the United States.

When you have the two biggest clubs in the world, Real Madrid and Barcelona, facing off against each other for the first time on US soil, the world pays attention.

Enter to win tickets to el Clásico Miami featuring Real Madrid vs. Barcelona

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Tickets to el Clásico Miami, the most eagerly anticipated club soccer game this summer, have been selling at a rapid pace with huge demand from fans around the United States.

When you have the two biggest clubs in the world, Real Madrid and Barcelona, facing off against each other for the first time on US soil, the world pays attention.

South Florida

South Florida treated to world-class soccer and large crowds for International Champions Cup

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South Florida remains to many American soccer fans the most polarizing market for the sport in the United States. A place where MLS is determined to return, but fans across the nation view with skepticism and a certain degree of disdain. A market that has seen lower division clubs come and go, but in 2017 has nine teams competing in national leagues at the division four level or higher.

South Florida treated to world-class soccer and large crowds for International Champions Cup

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South Florida remains to many American soccer fans the most polarizing market for the sport in the United States. A place where MLS is determined to return, but fans across the nation view with skepticism and a certain degree of disdain. A market that has seen lower division clubs come and go, but in 2017 has nine teams competing in national leagues at the division four level or higher.

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PSG edges Roma on penalties in US friendly

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Paris Saint-Germain edged Roma 5-3 on penalties on Wednesday after they played to a 1-1 draw in a friendly international football match in Detroit, Michigan.

Brazilian defender Marquinhos gave the Ligue 1 giants the lead in the 36th minute, but Roma responded with a strong second-half performance that saw Sadiq Umar nab the equalizer in the 60th minute.

PSG edges Roma on penalties in US friendly

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Paris Saint-Germain edged Roma 5-3 on penalties on Wednesday after they played to a 1-1 draw in a friendly international football match in Detroit, Michigan.

Brazilian defender Marquinhos gave the Ligue 1 giants the lead in the 36th minute, but Roma responded with a strong second-half performance that saw Sadiq Umar nab the equalizer in the 60th minute.

The Rest

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Major Link Soccer: Mario Balotelli to D.C. United?

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International Champions Cup to add women's team, Juventus heartbreak and RSL thrashed in the Bronx,

MLS

ICYMI, Toronto FC are playing in yet another final. This time they are playing in the CONCACAF Champions League. Some think that Toronto is the favorite in the final, which is a new role of MLS.

Inter Milan: Geoffrey Kondogbia Claws One Back For Chelsea With Outstanding 50-Yard Lob Own-Goal (Video)

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If only o' only there were a Puskas Award for own-goal of the season, Geoffrey Kondogbia may just have sealed the 2017/18 edition several weeks before the start of the season.

The Inter Milan midfielder pulled one back for Chelsea in the latter stages of their International Champions Cup friendly in Singapore, casually clipping a 50-yard lob over his own goalkeeper.

International Champions Cup success shows Detroit's appetite for soccer amid MLS expansion talks

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DETROIT- Charlie Stillitano, chairman of Relevant Sports, sees something in the Detroit soccer scene.

Relevant has held the International Champions Cup every summer since 2013. It has hosted international friendlies featuring the world's largest clubs in the United States, China, Australia, and several European countries.