Rocco B, Commisso’s ACF Fiorentina will participate in the ICC, including vs. Benfica at Red Bull Arena. (Photo courtesy of the Cosmos)
NEW YORK – The Cosmos will have a presence at the International Champions Cup this summer.
Well, sort of.
Only weeks after Cosmos owner Rocco B. Commisso purchased AFC Fiorentina, the Italian Serie A side will compete at the ICC. Fiorentina replaced AS Roma, which withdrew from the tournament due to UEFA Europa League qualifier obligations, it was announced Wednesday.
Fiorentina will play in three matches across.
The team’s schedule includes:
* Tuesday, July 16 – ACF Fiorentina vs Chivas de Guadalajara – SeatGeek Stadium, Bridgeview, Ill.
* Saturday, July 20 – Arsenal vs ACF Fiorentina – Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, N.C.
* Wednesday, July 24 – ACF Fiorentina vs Benfica – Red Bull Arena, Harrison, N.J.
“As a proud Italian American, I can think of no better way to introduce myself as the new owner of ACF Fiorentina than to play in the International Champions Cup,” Commisso said. “I am especially excited for Fiorentina’s match on July 24 in Harrison, N.J., as the New York metropolitan area is where I grew up, played soccer, founded my cable company, Mediacom Communications, and continue to live today.”
ACF Fiorentina, also known as La Viola (The Purple One), is a legendary Italian club with a rich history in Serie A. Regarded as one of the top clubs in Italian football, a group affectionally known as the “Seven Sisters,” ACF Fiorentina has won the Italian and European championships.
The club is one of 14 European teams that has played the finals in all three major continental competitions including the Champions League, the UEFA Cup Winners and the UEFA Cup.
“Rocco Commisso has given the ACF Fiorentina fans an idea of the type of owner he will be; bold, ambitious, and focused on success,” Relevant sports Group executive chairman Charlie Stillitano said. “With AS Roma needing to step away, Commisso jumped at the opportunity to have his club play three great matchups this summer and we can’t wait to welcome them back on America soil.”
On June 6, the club announced that Commisso, the chairman of Mediacom, as its new owner. ACF Fiorentina’s participation in the ICC is one of the first actions Commisso took in his new reign over the club.
Fans who had bought tickets for any of the matches involving AS Roma will be able to retain their tickets for the matches involving Fiorentina or request a refund within the next 14 days.