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SBD Global/February 21, 2014/Events and Attractions

Liverpool To Play In Charlotte During Summer As Part Of Int'l Champions Cup

Luis Suarez and Liverpool will face AC Milan in Charlotte on Aug. 2.
Liverpool CCO Billy Hogan revealed that the Premier League club will take on Serie A side AC Milan as part of the 2014 Int'l Champions Cup. At a press conference at Charlotte's Bank of America Stadium, which will host the game on Aug. 2, Hogan said that touring is incredibly important from a business and commercial perspective for Liverpool. He said, "It's something that we do to try and bring the club closer to our fan base. We have more than 21 million fans here in the U.S." The Reds will also take on Greek club Olympiacos and EPL rival Man City during the competition. Instead of organizing its own preseason tour, as is usually the case, Liverpool decided to join the eight-team tournament. "There are so many great teams within [the Int'l Champions Cup]. When you think about AC Milan, Manchester City, Real Madrid and Manchester United, those are great global clubs that are all involved," Hogan said. "Sometimes the hardest thing about actually organizing your own tour is who you are going to play." This summer's preseason tour will be Liverpool's seventh trip to the U.S.

GAME TIME: In addition to Liverpool's fixtures, RSE Ventures subsidiary Relevent Sports, which organizes the Int'l Champions Cup, unveiled the complete schedule for the event on Thursday. The second year of the tournament will feature eight of Europe's top clubs, which will be divided into two groups. Liverpool, AC Milan, Olympiacos and Man City will compete in Group A, while Real Madrid, ManU, AS Roma and Inter Milan will play in Group B. The winners of both groups will face each other in the final at Miami's Sun Life Stadium on Aug. 4. The tournament, which will take place in 12 cities across the U.S, will be broadcast internationally in more than 150 countries. Tickets for the event will go on sale Saturday at 10am EST.

2014 Int'l Champions Cup Schedule For Group A
July 26
University of Phoenix Stadium,
Phoenix, Arizona
Real Madrid vs. Inter Milan
July 26
Sports Authority Field at Mile High,
Denver, Colorado
ManU vs. AS Roma
July 29
FedEx Field,
Washington, D.C.
ManU vs. Inter Milan
July 29
Cotton Bowl,
Dallas Texas
Real Madrid vs. AS Roma
Aug. 2
Lincoln Financial Field,
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Inter Milan vs. AS Roma
Aug. 2
University of Michigan Stadium,
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Real Madrid vs. ManU

2014 Int'l Champions Cup Schedule For Group B
July 24
Citi Field,
New York, N.Y.
Olympiacos vs. AC Milan
July 27
Heinz Field,
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
AC Milan vs. Man City
July 27
Soldier Field
Chicago, Illinois
Liverpool vs. Olympiacos
July 30
Yankee Stadium,
New York, N.Y.
Man City vs. Liverpool
Aug. 2
TCF Bank Stadium,
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Olympiacos vs. Man City
Aug. 2
Bank of America Stadium,
Charlotte, North Carolina
AC Milan vs. Liverpool

Note: In the U.S., all games will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1 or Fox Sports 2.
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