If you’re the type of person who cares deeply about preseason match-ups or who’s only opportunity to watch Real Madrid live is in the summer and in the U.S., then you will love this year’s International Champions Cup.
The ICC’s plan to rake in bucket loads of cash... er spread the love and passion of the beautiful game... is to enhance Real’s El Clásico friendly with some “tantalizing” clashes against The Red Devils, and the Sky Blue.
Real Madrid will first face Manchester United at Santa Clara's Levi’s Stadium (California) on July 23rd, before meeting up with Manchester City at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum three days later. The grand match between Real Madrid and Barcelona will be held on July 29th at Miami's Hard Rock Stadium.
For the players, such a venture serves little purpose and fans with unrealistic expectations are bound to be disappointed by the drab 0-0 draws that are sure to follow. But for the clubs’ management, these overseas trips serve a fairly important purpose, as noted by Emilio Butragueño:
We're really happy because it'll once again be a great chance to enhance our relationship with our fans. We're aware that we have many supporters in the United States and we'll be delighted to give them the opportunity to share in our passion for the game.
Despite the fitness concerns etc. brought up by coaches and pundits alike, this is an inevitable and increasingly necessary part of the sport that we just have to deal with.
So enjoy these games as best you can and be sure to make fun of those two people who ask for this and that to be sold if Real Madrid fails to win the “tournament” nobody cares about.