Galaxy, Real Madrid confirmed for Dodger Stadium games in August

Landon Donovan and the L.A. Galaxy will join Real Madrid, Juventus and Everton FC as the first soccer teams to play in Dodger Stadium.
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The Galaxy and Real Madrid are among four teams that will play in a doubleheader Aug. 3 at Dodger Stadium as part of a new international soccer tournament, officials confirmed Wednesday.

Juventus of Italy and Everton FC of England also will participate in the first soccer matches ever held at the 51-year-old stadium.


The games are part of the inaugural Guinness International Champions Cup, an eight-team tournament overall that mostly will be played in the United States.

In the first round Aug. 1, the Galaxy will play Real Madrid in Phoenix and Juventus will play Everton in San Francisco.

The winners of those two games then meet in the second round at Dodger Stadium. On the same day, the first-round losers also will play each other at Chavez Ravine.

All eight teams then move to the final rounds at Sun Life Stadium in Miami on Aug. 6-7 to determine the champion and runner-up finishes.

“We’re very excited about this,” Dodgers President Stan Kasten told a news conference held in centerfield at Dodger Stadium.

“When we heard [the tournament] was a possibility we got very interested right away,” Kasten said, adding that seeing the four teams on a single day in Southern California was “an extraordinary opportunity.”

The other four teams in the event’s Eastern bracket are AC Milan, Inter Milan, Valencia and Chelsea.

AC Milan plays Valencia in the first round in Valencia, Spain, while Chelsea plays Inter Milan in Indianapolis. Those teams then play their second-round games Aug. 4 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.


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