By DAN KARELL
San Francisco, Indianapolis, and Phoenix will host first round matches in the International Champions Cup.
Relevant Sports and Entertainment announced on Tuesday the schedule, venues, and bracket of the inaugural tournament, that will feature seven European sides and one Major League Soccer club playing matches in the United States and Europe between July 27 and August 7.
The first round will begin with La Liga side Valencia hosting AC Milan in Spain, followed by Everton playing Juventus in San Francisco, Real Madrid playing the Los Angeles Galaxy in Phoenix, and Chelsea facing Inter Milan in Indianapolis.
The next round of matches will take place in New York and Los Angeles, before the finals commence in Miami.
Here is a closer look at the ICC schedule:
July 27 – Valencia, Spain – Valencia vs. AC Milan
July 31 – San Francisco – Everton vs. Juventus
August 1 – Phoenix – Real Madrid vs. Los Angeles Galaxy
August 1 – Indianapolis – Chelsea vs. Inter Milan
August 3 – Los Angeles – Everton/Juventus winner vs. Real Madrid/LA Galaxy winner
August 3 – Los Angeles – Everton/Juventus loser vs. Real Madrid/LA Galaxy loser
August 4 – New York – Valencia/Milan winner vs. Chelsea/Inter Milan winner
August 4 – New York – Valencia/Milan loser vs. Chelsea/Inter Milan loser
August 6 – Miami – Seventh Place Match
August 6 – Miami – Fifth Place Match
August 7 – Miami – Third Place Match
August 7 – Miami – Championship Match
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