The final rounds of the inaugural International Champions Cup have finally arrived, and all eight teams from across the United States and Europe have made their way to South Florida to compete in the final two days of the tournament at Sun Life Stadium.
The first match of the night is the seventh place game and will see Juventus take on one of their Italian rivals Inter, and is scheduled to kickoff at 6:30 pm. Both teams have long sat atop Serie A, the league in which they both compete, with Juventus having won 29 league titles, and Inter having won 18. Most recently, Juventus has won the past two league titles and Inter won five consecutive titles from 2005-2010.
Juventus opened the International Champions Cup against Everton at AT&T Park in San Francisco. After 90 minutes, the match ended in a 1-1 draw, with Everton winning by a score of 6-5 in penalties. Juventus then traveled to Los Angeles, to take on the LA Galaxy at Dodgers Stadium, where they once again came up short, losing by a score of 3-1.
Juventus is led by veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, who has been with the club since 2001. Buffon is viewed as one of the top goalkeepers in the history of soccer.
Inter began the tournament in Indianapolis, losing to Chelsea by a score of 2-0 before traveling to MetLife Stadium in New York, to take on Valencia, where they came up short again, losing 4-0.
Inter is led by midfielder Esteban Cambiasso, a standout from Argentina, who has been with the club since 2004, and has helped Inter win 15 titles.
The second match of the evening, scheduled to start at 9:00pm, will be for fifth place, featuring Everton and Valencia.
Everton of the Premier League and Valencia of La Liga, are two evenly matched clubs heading into their contest at Sun Life Stadium. Over the course of their history, the clubs are very comparable, with Everton having won nine league titles, and Valencia having won six. Most recently Everton finished the past season sixth in the Premier League, and Valencia placed fifth in La Liga.
During the inaugural International Champions cup, both teams currently have recorded that stands at 1-1.
Everton opened the tournament against Juventus in San Franscisco, in a game which they won in PKs, followed by a 2-1 loss to Real Madrid at Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles.
American goalkeeper Tim Howard Everton who also played for the United States National Team during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa leads Everton into this match. The squad features many new additions this year, including first year manager Roberto Martinez.
Valencia lost its opening match of the tournament against AC Milan by a score of 2-1 in a game that was played in their home stadium, Mestella. They followed up the loss with a large victory in New York over Inter, easily defeating them 4-0.
The club is still adjusting to the loss of Roberto Soldado, who was recently transferred to the Tottenham Hotspurs. Valencia will be looking towards Jonathan Viera and Ever Banega for another strong performance in the match.
Prior to the start of the games The ICC Fan Fest is a free event in conjunction with the International Champions Cup and will run from 3:00-9:00 p.m. The Fan Fest will be highlighted by the player arrival parade, interactive soccer and cultural experiences, and the Guinness Black Lager Beer Garden.
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