The second edition of the International Champions Cup has received a burst of life, with the participants and locations of this summer's tournament now confirmed.
Real Madrid, Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, AC Milan, Inter Milan, Roma and Olympiakos are the eight teams set to do battle after the 2014 World Cup, with SI.com's Grant Wahl also revealing dates and venues for the event.
|Premier League||La Liga||Serie A||Greek Super League|
|Manchester United||Real Madrid||Milan||Olympiakos|
A sample of the continental elite will once again travel to the United States as part of a pre-season warm-up with slightly more than your average friendly encounter on the line.
The competition begins on Saturday, July 26, and it comes to a close just over a week later on Monday, August 4.
Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Washington D.C. and Miami have been confirmed as host cities, but there remains one kickoff location that's yet to be announced.
|Washington D.C.||Miami||One Venue TBC|
Miami's Sun Life Stadium has the honour of playing host to this year's final, which will be decided after two groups of four look to make their way into the semi-finals, as opposed to the bracket system which was used in the inaugural rendition.
However, Manchester United may have to pull out of the tournament if the Red Devils end up having to go through qualifying for European competitions, the club confirmed in a statement on its website:
*Please note: teams required to qualify for 2014/15 European competition based on 2013/14 domestic league finishing position may be subject to change.
Juventus, Chelsea, Everton, Valencia and LA Galaxy all played a part in 2013's version of events but have been omitted from the line-up a year later.
CNN's Tancredi Palmeri discussed exactly why Juve may not have chosen to take part for a second successive year:
Juventus pulled out from International Champions Cup on summer in Usa.Roma,Milan and Inter to join.Maybe Conte fed up with criticism...— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) February 2, 2014
With such a thriving heap of talent set to be assembled under one roof, the World Cup might receive some competition as the must-watch event of this summer.
Wahl's report does go on to state that fixtures and clubs' involvement can be altered should they need to participate in 2014-15 Champions League qualification early on.