Real Madrid, a 12-time European champion seeking its third consecutive continental trophy this spring, will play Italian titan Juventus on Aug. 4 at FedEx Field.
The match is part of the sixth annual International Champions Cup, a preseason exhibition tournament for many of the soccer world’s biggest clubs. Organizers announced the full schedule Tuesday, with 17 matches at 14 U.S. venues, plus 16 in five European markets and Singapore.
The U.S. field includes, among others, two league winners (Manchester City and Bayern Munich); two league leaders (Barcelona and Juventus); and all four UEFA Champions League semifinalists (Real Madrid, Bayern, Liverpool and Roma). Borussia Dortmund, featuring U.S. teenage star Christian Pulisic, will play Manchester City in Chicago, Liverpool in Charlotte and Benfica in Pittsburgh.
The three previous ICC matches at the Washington Redskins’ home stadium attracted large crowds: Manchester United vs. Inter Milan in 2014 (61,238), Chelsea vs. Barcelona in 2015 (78,914) and Barcelona vs. Manchester United last year (80,162).
As with all summer friendlies, there is no guarantee that superstars, such as Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, will play. This is especially true this year, because many players will have gone on mandatory vacation after the World Cup, which begins June 14 and, for the contenders, runs into July.
The match at FedEx Field, however, falls late in the ICC schedule, enhancing the chances that Ronaldo (Portugal) and the other World Cup players for Real Madrid and Juventus will participate in at least half of the game. Both clubs will open their domestic campaigns in mid-to-late August.
The Italian side, closing in on a seventh straight Serie A title, will arrive in Washington after playing an MLS select squad in the league’s all-star game three days earlier at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Real will make its way up the East Coast, starting in Miami to face Manchester United, then coming to D.C. and finishing at the Meadowlands to play Roma.
Juventus and Real Madrid are familiar foes. They met in the UEFA Champions League final last year (a 4-1 Real victory) and tangled in the quarterfinals this month, with Real advancing on two-leg aggregate, 4-3, thanks to Ronaldo’s controversial penalty kick in the dying moments.
Real will face Bayern Munich in the semifinals April 25 and May 1. The final is May 26 in Kiev.
ICC U.S. SCHEDULE
July 20: Manchester City vs. Borussia Dortmund (Chicago)
July 22: Liverpool vs. Borussia Dortmund (Charlotte)
July 25: Manchester City vs. Liverpool (East Rutherford, N.J.)
July 25: AC Milan vs. Manchester United (Pasadena, Calif.)
July 25: Roma vs. Tottenham Hotspur (San Diego)
July 25: Borussia Dortmund vs. Benfica (Pittsburgh)
July 25: Juventus vs. Bayern Munich (Philadelphia)
July 28: Manchester United vs. Liverpool (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
July 28: Bayern Munich vs. Manchester City (Miami)
July 28: Barcelona vs. Tottenham Hotspur (Pasadena, Calif.)
July 28: Benfica vs. Juventus (Harrison, N.J.)
July 31: Manchester United vs. Real Madrid (Miami)
July 31: AC Milan vs. Tottenham Hotspur (Minneapolis)
July 31: Barcelona vs. Roma (Arlington, Tex.)
Aug. 4: Real Madrid vs. Juventus (Landover, Md.)
Aug. 4: AC Milan vs. Barcelona (Santa Clara, Calif.)
Aug. 7: Real Madrid vs. Roma (East Rutherford, N.J.)
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