Wayne Rooney named Man of the Match as Manchester United beats rivals 3-1 to earn first title of 2014-2015 campaign
More than 600,000 fans watched the 13 different Guinness International Champions Cup contests in stadiums this summer
MIAMI, FL (August 5, 2014) – Manchester United defeated Liverpool on Monday night at Sun Life Stadium in Miami 3-1 to win the second annual Guinness International Champions Cup. The finals matchup, which brought together two of the most storied franchises in the world with star-studded rosters and 38 League titles between the two, culminated the two-week, marquee soccer tournament across 13 different North American cities. In all, more than 600,000 fans watched the 13 different Guinness International Champions Cup contests in stadiums this summer
Manchester United stars Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata scored mere minutes apart in the 54th and 56th minute to propel the Red Devils to victory over Liverpool on a rainy Monday night in Miami. Steven Gerrard converted a penalty kick in the 14th minute to give Liverpool the 1-0 lead, and went to halftime with the same score. But, a beautiful cross by Mexican star Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez led to the equalizer by Rooney, who was named Guinness Man of the Match for his efforts. Mata, a winger for the Spanish National team, powered the game-winner home on a deflection two minutes later, and Jesse Lingard added breathing room in the 88th minute on a shot from just inside the 18-yard box to cap the scoring. Manchester United remained undefeated under manager Louis Van Gaal’s tenure to capture the Guinness International Champions Cup crown.
“After an exciting two weeks and 13 great games throughout 13 different cities, we are pleased to crown Manchester United as the champion of the 2014 Guinness International Champions Cup,” said Charlie Stillitano, CEO of Relevent Sports. “I want to congratulate manager Louis Van Gaal, Man of the Match Wayne Rooney and the rest of Manchester United on behalf of Relevent Sports. The 2014 Guinness International Champions Cup featured the largest soccer crowd ever in the United States, continually put world-class soccer on display across North America, and Monday night in Miami was no exception. Manchester United and Liverpool have a tremendous rivalry and proved once again, this tournament is much more than a collection of friendlies and we look forward to continuing these traditions in the United States and Asia.”
The Guinness International Champions Cup final saw more than 50,000 fans on hand at Sun Life Stadium to watch Manchester United claim the trophy, and featured DJ Martin Garrix hosted by Life in Color and presented by Cricket Wireless as the halftime entertainment. Garrix’s song “Animals” has been a mainstay on 2014 charts as one of the biggest EDM tracks and his performance electrified the Miami crowd. The halftime entertainment also featured a laser light show, fireworks and spectacular LED video mapping. In addition, the Guinness International Champions Cup Final boasted a pregame fan fest, complete with a player walk, Guinness Beer Garden, free face painting, a live band and DJ, interactive soccer activities, food trucks and giveaways for all ages.
The Guinness International Champions Cup featured four sellouts and attendance records in six cities. Group play of the tournament was headlined by Manchester United vs. Real Madrid at “The Big House” at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, with the attendance of 109,318 setting a record for most fans at a professional soccer game in America. The match, which aired on FOX and posted a 0.6/1 among the Metered Markets including a 2.1 for host market Detroit and doubled NBC’s coverage of a Major League Soccer regular season game between Los Angeles and Portland airing at the same time.
Stevan Jovetic of Manchester City led the tournament with five goals scored, registering a goal in each three of Manchester City’s contests. Guinness International Champion Cup winner Wayne Rooney, along with Dimitris Diamantakos of Olympiacos, netted three goals throughout the tournament to finish second. 2014 FIFA World Cup stars, including Raheem Sterling from Liverpool and Francesco Totti from AS Roma, scored two goals apiece.
“The Guinness International Champions Cup was the soccer event of the summer here in the United States and Canada,” said Matt Higgins, CEO of RSE Ventures. “Hundreds of thousands of fans attended games to see these marquee teams, and millions more watched from countries across the globe. Our tournament produced the largest, most attended soccer game in the United States as well as the first-ever EDM halftime show at a professional sporting event. We are incredibly excited to bring back clubs, partner with new clubs and expand the global footprint of the tournament as we look towards the future.”
The Guinness International Champions Cup, organized by Relevent Sports, a division of RSE Ventures, was broadcast internationally in more than 150 countries and 600 million households worldwide, and domestically on FOX and ESPN Deportes. FOX aired two marquee matchups (Real Madrid vs. Manchester United and AS Roma vs. Manchester United in Denver) while Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2 carried all other contests, except for the games in Charlotte and Washington D.C. (aired on NBC Sports). ESPN Deportes broadcasted all Guinness International Champions Cup matches in Spanish across their television and radio platforms.
The eight participating squads included international club teams from Spain, England, Italy and Greece. The following is a list of teams with their corresponding groups:
Guinness International Champions Cup Locations & Results
July 24, 2014 –Toronto, Canada –BMO Field
Olympiacos vs AC Milan (3-0)
July 26, 2014-Denver, Colorado- Sports Authority Field
Manchester United vs AS Roma (3-2)
July 26, 2014-Berkeley, California –California Memorial Stadium
Inter Milan vs. Real Madrid (1-1) PK 3-2
July 27, 2014-Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - Heinz Field
Manchester City vs AC Milan (5-1)
July 27, 2014-Chicago, Illinois -Soldier Field
Liverpool vs. Olympiacos (1-0)
July 29, 2014-Washington D.C.- FedExField
Manchester United vs Inter (0-0) 5-3 PK
July 29, 2014- Dallas, Texas- Cotton Bowl
AS Roma vs. Real Madrid (1-0)
July 30, 2014-New York, New York- Yankee Stadium
Liverpool vs Manchester City (2-2) 3-1 PK
August 2, 2014- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Lincoln Financial Field
Inter Milan vs AS Roma (2-0)
August 2, 2014-Minneapolis, Minnesota- TCF Bank Stadium
Olympiacos vs Manchester City (2-2) 5-4 PK
August 2, 2014- Ann Arbor, Michigan- Michigan Stadium
Manchester United vs Real Madrid (3-1)
August 2, 2014 –Charlotte, North Carolina- Bank of America Stadium
Liverpool vs AC Milan (2-0)
August 4, 2014-Miami, Florida- Sun Life Stadium
Manchester United vs Liverpool (3-1)