Some of Europe’s biggest clubs have confirmed that they will take part in the inaugural Guinness International Champions Cup over the summer.
The pre-season tournament will consist of eight teams and so far Real Madrid, Juventus, Inter Milan and L.A Galaxy have all confirmed their participation.
The other four teams have yet to be confirmed but it’s been announced that they will all be European clubs.
Although a pre-season tournament, Major League Soccer chiefs have stated their desire to make it a competitive tournament.
In an interview with Goal.com, Relevant Sports CEO Charlie Stillitano stated: "When we were putting this together, we wanted to make it a real tournament," before adding: "We wanted to give it the feel of the Champions League, if you will.”
Milan's managing director Marco Fassone has stated that these will be “important” games as Inter look to start their season on a positive note. As it's towards the end of pre-season, all clubs will want competitive games under their belt so it can be expected that all-star players should be involved.
The tournament takes place from July 27 to August 4 - playing in venues such as L.A, Miami, New York and San Francisco. It’s also been confirmed that the opening match will take place in a major European stadium.
Organisers have announced that it will become an annual event as the MLS continue trying to strengthen their franchise. With Fox Sports already announcing that they will broadcast the games live – it shows just how serious the MLS consider the tournament to be.
It will be interesting to see who the other four teams will be before it's revealed on May 7 - and rumours have already begun to circulate with top clubs from England, Germany, France and Holland being mentioned.
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