Red Bull Arena to host Chelsea, Porto, PSG and Fiorentina this summer

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

NEW YORK – Red Bull Arena will be a bit busier this summer, thanks to the International Champions Cup tournament.

English power Chelsea headlines a vibrant list of clubs that will descend on Harrison this summer, with Porto, Paris Saint-Germain, Fiorentina and yes — the New York Red Bulls — all slated to participate.

This will be the first time Red Bull Arena has hosted the ICC tournament.

Three matches will take place over three separate days at Red Bull Arena. PSG and Fiorentina kick off the festivities on Tuesday, July 21st at 8:30 p.m. EST. The following day, it will be the Red Bulls in action against Chelsea.

“I am looking forward to Chelsea playing in Red Bull Arena, where I know from experience the home supporters can generate an incredible atmosphere,” said Carlo Cudicini, former Chelsea goalkeeper and team ambassador. “It will be an interesting match between one of the best teams in the MLS and the English Premier League’s best team.”

The final match at Red Bull Arena comes that very week on Sunday, July 26th, and New York host Porto at 7:30 p.m. EST.

“New York is one of the biggest soccer markets in the country and bringing multiple International Champions Cup matches here was an easy decision,” said Charlie Stillitano, Chairman of Relevent Sports. “The clubs playing in New York are some of the most recognizable in the world and Red Bull Arena is one of the best soccer venues in the country. We are excited to have these elite European clubs as part of our tournament and look forward to them competing against one of the best teams in the MLS.”

From the ICC press release:

[colored_box color=”blue”]The 2015 International Champions Cup North America runs from July 11th – August 5th, feature 17 matches played across 12 regions throughout the world. Each team will play four contests and the club with the most points at the end of the tournament will be crowned champion. 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 results from in-season Major League Soccer contests involving tournament participants will be used as part of official tournament scoring.

In total, 10 teams from across the globe, including England (Manchester United F.C., Chelsea F.C.), Portugal (FC Porto), France (Paris Saint-Germain), Mexico (Club América), Spain (Barcelona), Italy (ACF Fiorentina) and the United States (San Jose Earthquakes, Los Angeles Galaxy and New York Red Bulls) will compete in the 2015 International Champions Cup North America. The participating teams have won a total of 91 domestic league titles, 98 domestic cup titles, six CONCACAF Champions League titles and 10 UEFA Champions[/colored_box]

Here is the full slate of matches:

ICC Schedule

Red Bulls vs. Porto and PSG vs. Fiorentina will be part of the Red Bull Season Ticket Package deal, coming at no cost to season ticket holders. The Red Bulls vs. Chelsea FC match, however, will offer an exclusive 24-hour purchase window.

  • Willy wonka

    Is this like a slap on the face of red bull fans.
    Here you go son, shut up and play and don’t talk back :)
    This is the perfect stage to have a protest against red bull owner.
    He thinks all fans will stay shut, well think twice sir, this might be the biggest protest against red bull owner if all red bull fans get together.
    Imagine the headlines in Europe.

    • slowleftarm

      There probably won’t be many Red Bulls’ supporters at these games. I sold my Arsenal tickets last year and got enough to pay for 2 of my 4 season tickets this season. Hoping to find some Porto and Chelsea supporters with cash to burn.

    • slowleftarm

      Also, how is it a “slap on the face” to RB fans for their team to host these games and give season ticket holders free tickets (well to 2 of them anyway)?

    • Wonka’s Willy

      Willy Wonka, get over yourself.

      If all the red bull fans get together…

      As far as I can tell they all seem to be united behind a new coach who is showing some decent results early on with a team that is playing more cohesively than any red bull team for YEARS.

      My how the tune changes when the team is winning.

      You may be the only one at the protest.

  • RonO

    I’m a season ticket holder, and I would love to have had the Chelsea game included, but frankly I was not expecting ANY of the games to be included since they are not MLS or Open Cup games. My season tickets included those games. This is an outside competition so I’m happy to get what we can.

    I know many fans think it is waste of time to play these games, and I get that – but I’m also old enough to remember the Cosmos and all the international exhibitions they played. While they are meaningless friendlies, they do help build recognition for MLS – and even though the league has grown, it still can use the help.