SAN JOSE, CA (June 26, 2015) – Relevent Sports, a division of RSE Ventures – a multi-national sports and entertainment venture firm with a focus on new technologies – today announced that Manchester United will face the San Jose Earthquakes at Avaya Stadium on Tuesday, July 21 in San Jose as part of the 2015 International Champions Cup North America Presented by Guinness. Kickoff for the match is set for 8 p.m. PDT.
Avaya Stadium will now host two matches during the 2015 International Champions Cup North America. The other, featuring the San Jose Earthquakes and Club América on Tuesday, July 14, is already sold-out. The contest between Manchester United and San Jose was originally scheduled for California Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, but was moved in order to meet Manchester United’s requirements for travel and logistical reasons. Manchester United will base in San Jose and train at Avaya Stadium for both this contest and their match at Levi’s Stadium vs. FC Barcelona. Over 85,000 fans and two sellouts are expected for Manchester United’s Bay Area matches.
All ticket holders to the match at Cal Memorial Stadium will be issued a full refund. Tickets for the match at Avaya Stadium will go on sale to the general public Monday July 6th at 10AM PDT and start at $55. Fans who purchased tickets for the Match at Cal Berkeley will be emailed a code Wednesday July 1 at 12PM PDT allowing them to purchase prior to the general public. All tickets are available at www.internationalchampionscup.com.
The International Champions Cup is also proud to partner with Vivid Seats, the official ticket reseller for the tournament. Vivid Seats provides access for fans to buy and sell premium tickets to all matches. Premium tickets for all 2015 International Champions Cup contests, including the sold out San Jose Earthquakes vs. Club América game, can be found at www.vividseats.com.
“Avaya Stadium is one of the best soccer-specific stadiums in the United States and we are thrilled to play two matches here during the International Champions Cup,” said Charlie Stillitano, Chairman of Relevent Sports. “Manchester United is one of the most prestigious clubs in the world and bringing them to a passionate soccer fan base in San Jose will be a great experience for all involved.”
The 2015 International Champions Cup North America will run from July 11 – August 5 and feature 17 matches played across 12 regions throughout the world. Each team will play four contests and the club with the most points at the end of the tournament will be crowned champion. Each win in regulation will result in three points and a tie will go straight to a shootout; the winning team in a shootout will receive two points and the losing team will receive one. The results from in-season Major League Soccer contests involving tournament participants will be used as part of official tournament scoring.
In total, 10 teams from across the globe, including England (Manchester United, Chelsea FC), Portugal (SL Benfica), France (Paris Saint-Germain), Mexico (Club América), Spain (FC Barcelona), Italy (ACF Fiorentina) and the United States (San Jose Earthquakes, LA Galaxy and New York Red Bulls) will compete in the 2015 International Champions Cup North America. The participating teams have won a total of 108 domestic league titles, 107 domestic cup titles, six CONCACAF Champions League titles and 10 UEFA Champions League titles. The teams feature nine of the 2014-2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or nominees, as well as 30 of the top 100 players in the world as chosen yearly by renowned English magazine FourFourTwo.
Arguably the most recognizable football club in the world, Manchester United is the most successful team in English league football and has been home to some of the game’s greats, such as Sir Bobby Charlton, George Best and Denis Law. The club is also incredibly successful off the field, having become the first sports franchise to be valued at over $3 billion, according to Forbes.
The record 20-time league title winners have dominated English football for much of the last 25 years, and during that time, some of the biggest names in football, including Eric Cantona, David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney, have pulled on the famous red shirt and run out on Old Trafford's hallowed turf. And they all played under the greatest manager football has ever known: Sir Alex Ferguson. He took charge of Manchester United in November 1986, before retiring in May 2013. The current manager is Louis van Gaal, who took over the reins in the summer of 2014 following Ryan Giggs’ four-game stint in charge as caretaker manager after David Moyes’ departure towards the end of the 2013-14 season. Giggs is now van Gaal’s assistant and remains the club’s record appearance-maker. The current squad features star strikers Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie, as well as British transfer record-signing Angel Di Maria.
Manchester United Group Managing Director, Richard Arnold, said: “Manchester United teams have been visiting the San Francisco area since the 1960s so we are delighted to be coming back for the fourth time this summer. San Jose Earthquakes and Manchester United share a special connection with the great George Best playing for both sides during his illustrious career. I’m sure the Earthquakes will provide fitting opposition for the United players when the teams meet for the first time this summer.”
The San Jose Earthquakes were originally founded in 1974 as an expansion team in the North American Soccer League (NASL) and played 11 seasons in the NASL. The club featured top stars from around the world, including Paul Child, George Best and Steve Zungul. The club also played in the Western Soccer Alliance from 1985-88. In 1996, the team was one of the 10 charter franchises in Major League Soccer and was originally called the San Jose Clash in MLS. The Clash hosted MLS’ Inaugural Game in 1996, beating D.C. United 1-0 on April 6, 1996. After returning to their original moniker, Earthquakes, prior to the 2000 season, the Quakes captured MLS Cup championships in 2001 and 2003. They also won the Supporters’ Shield in 2005 and 2012. Currently, they are led by 2012 MLS Most Valuable Player Chris Wondolowski, one of the most prolific goal scorers in league history. The club opened its new home, Avaya Stadium, in 2015 that holds 18,000 fans and is one of the most technologically advanced stadiums in MLS. The club’s non-profit arm, the San Jose Earthquakes Community Fund, focuses on health and fitness initiatives for underserved youth in the Bay Area. For more information about the Earthquakes, log on to www.sjearthquakes.com.
“We are excited to bring one of the biggest clubs in the world, Manchester United, to Avaya Stadium,” said Earthquakes President Dave Kaval. “Avaya Stadium has hosted some memorable events in its first year and it is the perfect venue for soccer fans to see a great match up between Manchester United and the Quakes. This event builds on San Jose’s rich soccer history and will be a memorable night for the local community.”
In 2015, the International Champions Cup will expand into new continents, as both China and Australia will host versions of the tournament during the summer. A.C. Milan, Inter Milan and Real Madrid will play in the International Champions Cup China in Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Shanghai that runs from July 25-29. Real Madrid, Manchester City and AS Roma will play in the International Champions Cup Australia in Melbourne from July 18-24, providing even more fans from around the world the opportunity to see their favorite clubs live. Further details about the 2015 International Champions Cup can be found at www.internationalchampionscup.com.
About Relevent Sports
Relevent Sports provides an innovative approach to building a soccer presence in the United States and around the globe. Relevent Sports showcases the best matchups and tournaments in soccer featuring the top clubs, international teams and players. In addition to hosting the International Champions Cup annually every summer, Relevent Sports works closely with national teams including Brazil, Argentina and Portugal to host exhibition matches in major sports venues throughout the year. Utilizing brand development, grassroots planning, corporate sponsors, international touring and philanthropic initiatives, Relevent Sports promotes and grows the love of soccer worldwide.
About the International Champions Cup
The International Champions Cup is an annual summer soccer tournament organized by Relevent Sports, featuring the best clubs from around the world. A staple property of Relevent Sports and RSE Ventures, the International Champions Cup brings the best in soccer to iconic sports venues across North America, Australia, Europe and China.
Last year, the International Champions Cup featured premier European clubs including Manchester United, Liverpool, Real Madrid, Manchester City, AC Milan, Roma, Inter Milan and Olympiacos. The tournament, played across 13 North American cities, saw Manchester United go undefeated en route to the championship. The International Champions Cup also featured the largest attended soccer match in United States history, when 109,318 fans packed the “Big House” at the University of Michigan to witness Manchester United defeat Real Madrid. The inaugural tournament in 2013 featured eight clubs – Real Madrid, Juventus, Chelsea, Inter Milan, AC Milan, Valencia, Everton and the L.A. Galaxy. It concluded with Real Madrid’s victory over Chelsea in front of nearly 70,000 fans.
Since its inception in 2013, more than one million fans have packed stadiums to watch clubs compete in the International Champions Cup, along with more than 700 million households watching worldwide. In 2015, the tournament will expand to Asia and Australia, as it continues to grow rapidly and attract fans from all over the world.
About RSE Ventures
Founded in 2012 by Stephen M. Ross and Matt Higgins, RSE Ventures is a multi-national sports and entertainment venture firm with a focus on new technologies. RSE builds, owns and operates companies in sports, media, entertainment and technology, including Catalyst Media Group, VaynerMedia, Vayner/RSE, Relevent Sports, Ascendent Sports Group and the International Champions Cup.