English Premier League giant Manchester United will meet reigning Liga MX champion Club America at CenturyLink Field this summer as part of the International Champions Cup North America.
First kick is scheduled for 8 p.m. July 17. Ticket information has not been announced.
“Seattle is home to the top domestic soccer in North America, and CenturyLink Field has a rich history of hosting high-profile international soccer events,” Seattle Sounders FC owner Adrian Hanauer said through a release. “We’re excited to continue that tradition this summer, and offer our fans the ability to watch two of the most storied clubs in international football.”
The Sounders will play host to the Colorado Rapids the next day.
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The International Champions Cup North America features 10 teams competing in 17 matches played across the globe. A point system is kept and a champion crowned.
The event has been held annually since 2013. A 2014 match between Manchester United and Real Madrid at the University of Michigan drew the largest crowd in United States soccer history: 109,318.
Manchester United is the most successful club in English soccer and perhaps the best known club in the world. It was the first sports franchise to be valued by Forbes at more than $3 billion. The roster includes Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie, and they follow in the footsteps for former Man U stars such as Sir Bobby Charlton, George Best, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Red Devils’ 2011 friendly with the Sounders drew 67,052, the second-largest soccer crowd ever in the Northwest and 333 short of the record set at a Sounders-Portland Timbers match in 2013.
Club America was founded in 1916 and is based in Mexico City. It has 35 domestic and international titles, including five CONCACAF championships.
Club America features Ecuadorian national player Michael Arroyo, Paraguay’s Pablo Aguilar, and American Ventura Alvarado, who made his international debut against Denmark on March 25.
Additional information on the International Champions Cup can be found at www.internationalchampionscup.com.
The Sounders were off Tuesday. They will resume training Wednesday for their 4 p.m. Sunday match at New York City FC. … Sounders 2 defender Nick Miele was named to the USL team of the week Tuesday. S2 returns to league play at 7:30 p.m. Friday when the Orange County Blues visit Starfire Stadium in Tukwila. … Seattle Reign FC also returns home this week, meeting the Washington Spirit at 7 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Stadium.