Real Madrid-Atletico Madrid game in Meadowlands highlights 2019 ICC

A match between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey -- the first meeting of La Liga rivals outside Spain -- headlines the 2019 International Champions Cup.

The 12 participants will play three games each for a total of 18 games -- down from 18 teams and 27 games in 2018. Eleven of the games will be played at U.S. venues while four will be played in Asia and three in Europe.

Besides Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid, the European teams headed to the United States are Arsenal, Bayern Munich, Benfica, AC Milan and Roma. Mexico's Guadalajara rounds out the eight teams playing games in the United States.

Some teams will play friendly games in the United States outside the ICC schedule. Atletico Madrid and AC Milan will play one of their three games in Europe.

The New York Times reported that Juventus, one of four teams headed to Singapore and China for ICC games, will avoid the United States because of an on-going rape investigation in Las Vegas involving star Cristiano Ronaldo.

Past participants like Barcelona, Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool won't take part in the 2019 ICC. Chelsea, which signed Christian Pulisic for the 2019-2020 season, will play in Japan. (The Blues' jersey sponsor is the Yokohama Rubber Company.)

France's Ligue de Football Professionnel is hoping to organize a tournament for French clubs qualified for 2019-20 UEFA competitions in mid-July in the United States.

ESPN recently extended its deal with Relevent Sports Group, the ICC's organizer, until 2021 to air ICC games. The deal gives ESPN exclusive English and Spanish-language rights to a total of 25 matches, including those in the ICC as well as the Women's International Champions Cup, which debuted in 2018, and the International Champions Cup Futures tournament, which features young players.
Tuesday, July 16
Roma vs. Guadalajara – Chicago, SeatGeek Stadium
Wednesday, July 17
Arsenal vs. Bayern Munich – Los Angeles, Dignity Health Sports Park
Saturday, July 20
Manchester United vs. Inter Milan – Singapore, National Stadium
Arsenal vs. Roma – Charlotte, NC – Bank of America Stadium
Bayern Munich vs. Real Madrid – Houston, NRG Stadium
Benfica vs. Guadalajara – Santa Clara, CA, Levi’s Stadium
Sunday, July 21
Juventus vs. Tottenham – Singapore, National Stadium
Tuesday, July 23
Real Madrid vs. Arsenal – Landover, MD, FedExField
Bayern Munich vs. AC Milan – Kansas City, MO, Arrowhead Stadium
Guadalajara vs. Atletico Madrid – Arlington, TX, Globe Life Park in Arlington
Wednesday, July 24
Juventus vs. Inter Milan – China, Location TBD
Roma vs. Benfica – Harrison, NJ, Red Bull Arena
Thursday, July 25
Tottenham vs. Manchester United – Shanghai, Hongkou Football Stadium
Friday, July 26
Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid – East Rutherford, NJ, MetLife Stadium
Sunday, July 28
AC Milan vs. Benfica – Foxboro, MA, Gillette Stadium
Saturday, August 3
Manchester United vs. AC Milan – Cardiff, Principality Stadium
Sunday, August 4
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Inter Milan – London, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Saturday, August 10
Atletico Madrid vs. Juventus – Stockholm, Friends Arena

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