International Champions Cup 2014 Results: Latest Scores, Standings and Fixtures

Rory MarsdenFeatured ColumnistJuly 28, 2014

PITTSBURGH, PA - JULY 27:  A general view during International Champions Cup 2014 at Heinz Field between AC Milan and Manchester City on July 27, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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The 2014 International Champions Cup has already seen a swathe of high-quality encounters, as eight of Europe's elite clubs face off in the pre-season tournament in the USA and Canada.

Two group winners will contest the competition's much-anticipated final, a showpiece that will provide North American audiences the opportunity to witness the sport's biggest stars in a sure-to-be ecstatic atmosphere.

Here is a look at the current standings, results and upcoming fixtures, as well as a focus on the two sides who are perhaps in most need of a positive tournament:

International Champions Cup 2014 Results and Fixtures
July 24Olympiacos vs. AC Milan3-0
July 26Manchester United vs. Roma3-2
July 26Real Madrid vs. Inter Milan1-1 (2-3 on pens)
July 27AC Milan vs. Manchester City1-5
July 27Olympiacos vs. Liverpool0-1
July 29Manchester United vs. Inter Milan0-0 (5-3 on pens)
July 29Real Madrid vs. Roma0-1
July 30Liverpool vs. Manchester City2-2 (3-1 on pens)
Aug. 2Inter Milan vs. Roma2-0
Aug. 2Olympiacos vs. Manchester City2-2 (5-4 on pens)
Aug. 2Manchester United vs. Real Madrid3-1
Aug. 2AC Milan vs. Liverpool0-2
Aug. 4Manchester United vs. Liverpool3-1
International Champions Cup 2014 Group Standings
Group A
Manchester United330+38
Real Madrid303-31
Group B
Manchester City312+45
AC Milan303-90


Milan Need Momentum

PITTSBURGH, PA - JULY 27: Coach Filippo Inzaghi looks on from the sideline during International Champions Cup 2014 against Manchester City at Heinz Field on July 27, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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Having finished a lowly eighth in the Italian top flight last season, new Milan boss Filippo Inzaghi faces a difficult start to his tenure with a round of matches against Europe's best.

Top of the new boss' agenda will be returning the Rossoneri's confidence. This is a team who are naturally strong in possession, but often lacking the incision to make a lasting dent in top quality defences.

Mario Balotelli remains key to Milan's hopes, despite his affinity for becoming lazy if possession isn't moved his way. American fans will hope to see the Italian in rampant form after the striker failed to inspire during Italy's ill-fated World Cup run.

Things aren't going to get any easier when the ICC is complete, noted by Daniella Matar of the Associated Press:


United Must Establish Confidence

LANDOVER, MD - JULY 29:  Wayne Rooney #10 of Manchester United looks on before playing Inter Milan in an International Champions Cup 2014 match at FedExField on July 29, 2014 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Similar to Inzaghi, Louis van Gaal faces the difficult task of rejuvenating one of Europe's fallen forces. Manchester United suffered a catastrophic plight to seventh place under David Moyes and will be hoping to begin putting the record straight with a successful run in the US.

The incoming Dutchman is famed for his tough training methods and direct approach. As proven at the World Cup, he is the type of manager who regularly influences games with tactical changes during play, whether it's a clever substitution or subtle switch in emphasis.

United have plenty of faltering players within their squad—the likes of Chris Smalling, Tom Cleverley and Ashley Young—all of whom will receive the opportunity to impress. Van Gaal's arrival means a clean slate for all and hopefully the beginning of something special at the Theatre of Dreams.

Wayne Rooney remains the club's star attraction, with Robin van Persie set to miss the tournament, per MLSsoccer.

The hard work begins with a tricky schedule on the other side of the world for United, but strong performances in the USA will stand them in good stead ahead of what is set to be a very challenging Premier League season.