2015 International Champions Cup - The Footballing World

Manchester United and Chelsea confirm International Champions Cup participation

Manchester United and Chelsea are to take part in this summer’s International Champions Cup in North America.

The two English Premier League teams are among the ten teams signed up for the pre-season tournament with United being the defending champions.

The Red Devils will return to the United States but their pre-season tour will be shorter than last summer’s this time round to give manager Louis van Gaal longer to prepare for the new season.

“This summer’s tour is the latest in a long line of visits to the US; a tradition that began some 65 years ago under the guidance of the great Sir Matt Busby,” said group managing director Richard Arnold.

“This tour will not only provide the team with first-rate preparation for the season ahead, it will also allow many of United’s eight million US followers to get closer to the club they love.”

The tournament will also feature Barcelona, Fiorentina, Paris Saint-Germain and Porto from Europe, while the sides from North America consist of LA Galaxy, New York Red Bulls, Club America and San Jose Earthquakes.

Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck commented: “I am delighted the club will take part in the International Champions Cup this summer, against top-quality opposition.

“We look forward to returning to North America for the eighth time in 12 years, and visiting some iconic venues in which I am sure there will be strong Chelsea support.

“We know the facilities we use will be second to none and Jose and the squad will be able to prepare for what already promises to be an exciting 2015/16 campaign. I am also pleased to confirm we will be continuing the important work of the Chelsea Foundation during our visit.”

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