Club America and Manchester United are playing their International Champions Cup (ICC) friendly at CenturyLink Field on Friday, July 17, a day before the Seattle Sounders host Colorado Rapids in league play. The visiting clubs are two of 10 teams participating in the North American portion of the ICC (Australia and China are also hosting ICC events). Canada (BMO Field, Toronto), Mexico (Azteca) and England (Stamford Bridge) are also hosting games that will count towards the winner of the North American ICC.
MLS sides LA Galaxy, New York Red Bulls and San Jose Earthquakes join Chelsea, Barcelona, PSG, Porto, Fiorentina and the previously mentioned America and Man U. LA, RBNY and San Jose are all playing in the ICC on dates originally slated for U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal play.
Galaxy, Red Bulls and Earthquakes have all scheduled ICC friendly matches for July 21-22 which is #USOC2015 Quarterfinal match date.— Jeff Crandall (@jefecrandall) April 28, 2015
Previous visits by Manchester United were huge draws (United vs Sounders drew 67,052, the second largest soccer crowd in Sounders history) and required temporary grass overlay. That happened for the 2011 visit, which was also followed by a Rapids match. The sod overlay may have contributed to Conor Casey's injury during the MLS match.
Club America currently sits in 7th place in Liga MX with two weeks left in the season. Defender Ventura Alvarado, recently called up to the U.S. Men's National Team for their match against Mexico, plays for the team.
Tickets for the Man U and Club America match will go on sale in early May.
Galaxy, Earthquakes and Red Bulls each play two matches in the ICC, and their results against each other in MLS play will go towards crowning the ICC champion. FOX, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2 will carry the matches on a schedule yet to be announced. With a slate of well-known teams, the ratings should be strong.
The scheduled match at BMO Field is on the same day as a Toronto FC game and is likely to be part of a double-header.