For American soccer fans more interested in European stars and teams than the domestic product offered by Major League Soccer, familiarity hasn’t bred contempt, but it has led to frustration.
This summer will be no different to any other recent one in that many of Europe’s biggest clubs will head to the United States to participate in exhibition games, or “friendlies,” against each other.
Over the next few weeks Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Manchester United and several others will square off in the International Champions Cup, which is less a tournament and more a convenient way to market a group of preseason matches.
However, one of international soccer’s most promising young superstars had a reassuring word for American fans as the glut of exhibitions, which starts with Italy’s AC Roma against France’s Paris St.
on Wednesday to play three games in the space of a week, culminating with a clash against Manchester City at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium on July 29.
Among the highlights of the International Champions Cup will be a meeting of the two Manchester clubs, United and City, in Houston on Thursday, plus Real Madrid vs.