MetLife Stadium may be situated in East Rutherford, N.J., but it should feel like the Spanish capital July 26. (Photo courtesy of MetLife Stadium communications)
NEW YORK — MetLife Stadium will host the Madrid Derby at MetLife Stadium July 26, Relevent Sports Group announced Wednesday as it unveiled its 2019 International Champions Cup schedule at its launch event.
Played the first time outside of Europe, Real Madrid will take on Atlético de Madrid.
“This is what the ICC is all about,” RSG CEO Daniel Sillman said. “The Madrid Derby is one of the best sports rivalries in the world, period. Playing this match in New York, positions this match as one of the most anticipated ever played on US soil.”
This year’s tournament will host 12 of the best clubs in the world playing 18 matches across the United States, Europe and Asia, cementing the ICC as the premier summer international club tournament. Red Bull Arena will host AS Roma v. Benfica Wednesday July 24.
The tournament’s seventh installment includes world class and groundbreaking matchups.
This year’s clubs include past winners of UEFA Champions League and all the major European leagues and Liga MX. Since its debut, this level of competition has established the ICC as a fixture on the soccer calendar and the start of the international soccer season.
“What began as a simple idea, is now a fixture on the soccer calendar,” RSG executive chairman Charlie Stillitano said. “We were contacted by dozens of clubs wanting to be part of the ICC, recognizing the value of starting their season playing top competition in front of tens of thousands of passionate fans.”
Saturday Night Live vet Jason Sudeikis hosted the three-day launch event. Held in SoHo, New York-based contemporary artist Daniel Arsham and his firm Snarkitecture designed an experiential retail pop-up using art created from historic ICC memorabilia. Arsham will also release a capsule collection of exclusive ICC merchandise on day 2 and 3 of the event.
The launch includes a built-in content studio, a series of discussions with influential voices from the soccer world, and reunions with key players from the 1994 Men’s U.S. World Cup team and the 1999 Women’s U.S. World Cup championship team. Legends from each ICC club including Lothar Matthaus, Bryan Robson, Robert Pires, Daniele Massaro, and David Trezeguet attended the event.
Matches are scheduled between July 16 and Aug. 10, showcasing the world’s elite soccer clubs, including teams from Premier League, Serie A, LaLiga, Bundesliga and Liga MX: Real Madrid; Manchester United; Tottenham Hotspur; Arsenal; AS Roma; Juventus; AC Milan; Inter; Atlético de Madrid; FC Bayern; Benfica; and Chivas de Guadalajara.
The tournament format is consistent with last year’s ICC. Each team will play three matches, and the club with the most points at the end of the tournament will win the championship and receive the first trophy of the season. Each win in regulation will result in three points and a tie will go straight to a shootout; the winning team in a shootout will receive two points and the losing team will receive one.
The tournament will host U.S.-based matches in New York/New Jersey, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Chicago, Charlotte, Santa Clara, Houston, Arlington, TX, Kansas City and Boston. Cardiff, London, Stockholm, Singapore and Shanghai will serve as hosts for the Europe and Asia matches.
Exclusive U.S. presale tickets will be available starting April 2 with general on-sale ticket access starting on April 9, with the exception of Real Madrid vs. Atlético de Madrid with presale starting March 29 and general on-sale starting beginning the same day.