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Liverpool and Chelsea to play summer friendly at the Rose Bowl

Chelsea's Diego Costa vies with Everton's James McCarthy, left, and Seamus Coleman on March 12.

Chelsea’s Diego Costa vies with Everton’s James McCarthy, left, and Seamus Coleman on March 12.

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European soccer giants Liverpool, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain will join current English Premier League leader Leicester City in Southern California this summer to play in the International Champions Cup.

The 10-team tournament -- which will also feature Spain’s Real Madrid and Barcelona, German champion Bayern Munich, and Italy’s A.C. Milan and Inter Milan -- kicks off July 23 in Scotland while the U.S. games begin the following day with PSG playing Inter Milan in Eugene, Ore.

The Rose Bowl game, scheduled for July 27, will match English clubs Liverpool and Chelsea. A second Southern California game, set for July 30, will feature PSG and Leicester City. The site for that game has not be determined.

“The competition and clubs involved this year speaks to the continued growth and success the International Champions Cup has experienced in its four-year history,” Charlie Stillitano, chairman of Relevent Sports, the company organizing the tournament, said in a statement. “This is the best roster of teams in ICC history and having them start their 2016-2017 campaign playing against each other will be a treat for both fans and the players.

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“Matches like Bayern Munich and Real Madrid at MetLife Stadium and Chelsea vs. Liverpool at [the] Rose Bowl demonstrates the elite competition the ICC stands for. We are continuing to set the gold standard for soccer in America and abroad and are excited for summer to start.”

However, with a full slate of major international tournaments -- including the Euros in France and the Copa America in the U.S. -- also scheduled this summer, it’s unlikely many of the teams in the ICC will have their full squads available. That will probably mean Real Madrid without Cristiano Ronaldo, Barcelona without Lionel Messi and PSG without Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Exclusive presale tickets for most matchups will be available beginning March 29. Sales to the general public begin April 5. Sign up at www.internationalchampionscup.com for access to the presale. All venue-specific and other ticket information is available at www.internationalchampionscup.com.

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The schedule:

July 23: Celtic F.C. vs. Leicester City F.C. at Celtic Park at Glasgow, Scotland

July 24: Paris Saint-Germain F.C. vs. Inter Milan at Autzen Stadium, Eugene, Ore

July 27: Real Madrid vs. Paris Saint-Germain at Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio; Bayern Munich vs. A.C. Milan at Soldier Field, Chicago; Liverpool vs. Chelsea at the Rose Bowl.

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July 30: Barcelona vs. Celtic at Aviva Stadium at Dublin, Ireland; Chelsea vs. Real Madrid, U.S. venue TBA; Bayern Munich vs. Inter Milan at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, N.C.; Liverpool vs. A.C. Mila at Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara; Paris Saint-Germain vs. Leicester City, Southern California venue TBA

Aug. 3: Barcelona vs. Leicester City F.C. at Friends Arena, Stockholm; Bayern Munich vs. Real Madrid at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.; Chelsea vs. A.C. Milan at U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis

Aug. 6: Liverpool vs Barcelona, European venue TBA

Aug. 13: Celtic vs. Inter Milain, European venue TBA

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Additional International Champions Cup games will also be played in both China and Australia, featuring Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Juventus and Atletico Madrid.


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