[GUINNESS INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONS CUP]The LA Galaxy will be the lone MLS representative in the inaugural Guinness International Champions Cup, an eight-team summer tournament that will serve as a preseason competition for European clubs. Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Juventus were the first three European clubs announced for the tournament that will begin with group play in East Coast and West Coast locations and conclude at Miami's Sun Life Stadium Aug. 6-7.
Relevent Sports, the soccer arm of Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross’ RSE Ventures, will promote the tournament, which will begin with matches in Europe on July 27 and continue with games in Phoenix, San Francisco and Indianapolis before moving to Los Angeles and New York for the semifinals Aug. 3 and 4.
"The United States has never seen a club soccer tournament of this caliber," said Relevent Sports CEO Charlie Stillitano. "It will give fans the chance to see some of the greatest soccer players on earth."
The venture isn't the first time that these foreign teams will have toured the United States, and it isn't the first major summer tournament.
The ChampionsWorld Series drew huge crowds in 2003 and 2004 before the company organizing the tour, Stillitano's ChampionsWorld, went bankrupt.
Fox Soccer will televise 11 of the tournament games live.