July 24, 2014 GUINNESS CHAMPIONS CUP
Olympiakos blanks AC Milan 3-0
TORONTO--- Alejandro Dominguez, Dimitri Diamantakos and Andreas Bouchalakis scored to lead Olympiakos to a 3-0 win over AC Milan at in front of 10,603 at BMO Field in the opening game of the Guinness international Champions Cup Thursday night.
July 21, 2014 TOE IN THE WATER
Guinness Cup will test Olympiakos
When a club has won the Greek league title 41 times, the Greek Cups 26 times and is the four-time defending Greek league champion, looking beyond its peninsular and island borders would be a natural ambition.
The roster for the defending Engish Premier League champions features the club's top stars including Yaya Toure, David Silva, Edin Dzeko and Joe Hart as well as new signings Fernando and Willy Caballero.
July 19, 2014 MLS ROUNDUP
Sporting boosts East lead
KANSAS CITY, Kan.---- Benny Feilhaber scored on a 10th-minute free kick, Lawrence Olum nodded home a rebound after an hour, and Sporting Kansas City held on for a 2-1 triumph Saturday evening at Sporting Park, ending the LA Galaxy’s eight-game unbeaten streak.
July 18, 2014 HEADLINERS
Rooney, De Gea among stars travelling with Manchester United
Manchester United has announced the 25-man roster that will travel for the club’s tour of the United States, beginning with a game against the LA Galaxy Wednesday, July 23 at 7:30 p.m. PT at the Rose Bowl Stadium, and then continuing with three games in the Guinness International Champions Cup.
July 18, 2014 A NEW BEGINNING
With U.S. Tour Manchester United kicks off a new era--again
By Manchester United's lofty standards, the 2013-14 season was one to be forgotten. The 20 time champions of England finished in seventh place, five points out of the running for even a chance to qualify for the Europa league and 22 points behind inter-city rival Manchester City, who captured the Barclay's Premier League crown. They also suffered an early exit from the Champions League.
August 11, 2012 WORLD CLASS
Real Madrid closes out U.S. tour with win over Celtic at Linc
PHILADELPHIA--Real Madrid’s performance at Lincoln Financial Field Saturday afternoon was not as dominating in the scoreline as some of their other U.S. games, but the Galacticos still outclassed travel- weary Celtic en route to a 2-0 win in a World Football Challenge match.
August 8, 2012 TEAMS ON TOUR
Real Madrid routs AC Milan 5-1
NEW YORK--Cristiano Ronaldo scored two goals and Kaka set up three as Real Madrid trounced AC Milan 5-1 in a World Football Challenge match in front of a Yankee Stadium record crowd of 49,474 Wednesday night.
August 4, 2012 TEAMS ON TOUR
Robinho, Rossineri rout Olimpia
FOXBOROUGH, Mass.--In the opening match of a Gillette Stadium doubleheader, world heavyweights AC Milan defeated Honduran side CD Olimpia 3-1 for the second exhibition win on their U.S. summer tour.
August 3, 2012 TEAMS ON TOUR
Real Madrid routs Galaxy 5-1
CARSON, Calif.--- Gonzalo Higuaín and Ángel Di María each had a goal and an assist as Real Madrid rolled over the Los Angeles Galaxy 5-1 in a World Football Challenge match in front of a record crowd of 30,317 at the Home Depot Center Wednesday night.
July 31, 2012 TEAMS ON TOUR
Quakes tie Swansea, Red Bulls fall to Spurs
HARRISON, NJ---Second-half goals from Gareth Bale and Gylfi Sigurdsson overcame an early Kenny Cooper penalty kick as Tottenham Hotspur concluded its three-stop US tour with a 2-1 victory over the New York Red Bulls to claim the 2012 Barclay’s New York Cup before a spirited crowd of 21,701 at Red Bull Arena.
July 28, 2012 TEAMS ON TOUR
AC Milan only winner
BALTIMORE—Scorching midday heat drained most of the life out of Saturday’s scoreless draw between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur, which drew a crowd of 42,723 to M&T Bank Stadium.
July 25, 2012 TEAMS ON TOUR
Bradley leads Roma win at Fenway
BOSTON---After a slow start, Michael Bradley notched a second-half goal to get the scoring started and Roma went on to defeat Liverpool 2-1, disappointing the Liverpool supporters that dominated the near-capacity crowd of 37,169 on hand for the international friendly at Fenway Park.
July 24, 2012 TEAMS ON TOUR
French clubs win the night
KANSAS CITY, Kan.—Emanuel Herra scored two goals after Gaetan Charbonnier netted the game-winner as Ligue 1 champions Montpellier Herault SC defeated Sporting Kansas City 3-0 Tuesday night at Livestrong Sporting Park.
July 18, 2012 TEAMS ON TOUR
Chelsea open with 4-2 win over Seattle
SEATTLE - Sounders FC and Chelsea FC combined for six first-half goals in a 4-2 win for the Blues in the opening match of the 2012 Herbalife World Football Challenge. Fredy Montero scored a brace for Seattle in front of 53,309 at CenturyLink Field Wednesday night.
July 16, 2012 TRAVEL TEAM
Aston Villa announces tour roster
CHESTER, Pa. – Aston Villa FC has announced their traveling roster for Wednesday’s friendly against Philadelphia Union on July 18 at PPL Park, which includes forward Darren Bent and U.S. internationals Brad Guzan and Eric Lichaj. Kickoff for Wednesday’s match is slated for 7:30 p.m.
July 14, 2012 CHELSEA ROSTER
Cech, Lampard on team for U.S. tour
NEW YORK---Chelsea FC on Saturday announced the list of players heading to the United States for its tour, which will include participation in the MLS All-Star Game and three World Football Challenge games.
July 9, 2012 U.S. TV DEAL
Liverpool tour games to air on ESPN
BOSTON–Liverpool FC and its American owners have taken another step in building the team's brand in North America, signing a deal with ESPN to televise two matches of the club's 2012 North American Tour.
August 6, 2011 WORLD FOOTBALL CHALLENGE
Barca finally win one
DALLAS—David Villa and Keita scored to give Barcelona their only win of the World Football Challenge, 2-0 over Club America in Saturday’s event finale at Cowboys Stadium.
August 3, 2011 WORLD FOOTBALL CHALLENGE
Chivas roughs up Barca 4-1
MIAMI--- Marco Fabian scored two spectacular goals to give CD de Guadalajara a 4-1 win over FC Barcelona at Sun Life Stadium in front of 70,080, the largest crowd to ever see a soccer game in Florida.
July 27, 2011 INJURIES OF THE STARS
Chicharito concussion, Donovan calf strain
HARRISON, NJ---It’s not exactly turning into the Major League Baseball All-Star game, where a bevy of stars didn’t make it to Arizona for the mid-summer classic, but the MLS All-Star Game at Red Bull Arena on Wednesday night will be missing stars from both sides.
July 24, 2011 HOPING FOR CONVERTS
Union thinks play may create new fans
Many of the 57, 307 at Lincoln Financial Field Saturday night came to see Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka and the rest of Real Madrid. That was evident from the number of white and blue shirts adorned with the BWIN sponsor logo. Certainly many more than with the Union’s Bimbo.
July 23, 2011 “IT WAS ENCOURAGING”
Union shake off early jitters against Real Madrid
Seeing a lineup that features Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka on the bench could cause even the most seasoned opponent to get a case of the jitters, let alone a second year club that features many players in the first or second year of their careers. So it’s understandable that the Philadelphia Union went down 2-0 quickly to Real Madrid, but they held their own the rest of the way and made a game out of it, ending up on the short end of a 2-1 scoreline Saturday night at Lincoln Financial Field
July 23, 2011 REAL-CLOSE
Union hold Madrid to 2-1
Lincoln Financial Field is not quite the fortress that PPL Park is for the Philadelphia Union, who fell 2-1 to Real Madrid in front of 57,305 fans Saturday night, the second largest crowd to ever see a soccer game at the football stadium.
July 22, 2011 LEARNING EXPERIENCE
Nowak says friendlies help make him a better coach
Their lineup reads like a who’s who of international soccer. Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka, Xabi Alonso, and then there is their coach, Jose Mourinho. Nicknamed “The Special One,” he has won everywhere he has coached, including winning Champions League titles with both Porto and Inter.
July 22, 2011 THE BIG GAME VENUE
Linc has had the stars before
While PPL Park has now become the home of pro soccer in Philadelphia, Lincoln Financial Field has maintained its status as the home field for big games. Saturday’s visit by Real Madrid and its star studded lineup is the latest of a long list of major soccer events Lincoln Financial Field has hosted.
July 8, 2011 WFC ON TV
All games will be carried
NEW YORK---All matches of the World Football Challenge will be televised live by Major Legaue Soccer’s broadcast partners. ESPN will broadcast all but one of the matches across its networks, including ESPN Deportes and ESPN3.com. ESPN Deportes Radio will also broadcast five of the matches.
July 7, 2011 NOTHING COULD BE FINER
WFC adds Carolina date for Juve-Chivas
NEW YORK—The World Football Challenge is heading into some unchartered waters for an international soccer exhibition, booking a game between Juventus and CD Guadalajara on Thursday, July 28 at Carter-Finley Stadium (8:00 p.m. ET) in Raleigh, North Carolina.
June 27, 2011 TORONTO ADDED
Juventus to play Sporting at BMO
NEW YORK– Already slated to play in New York at CitiField, Juventus has added a second date to their World Football Challenge schedule, when it faces storied Sporting Clube de Portugal on Saturday, July 23 at BMO Field (7:00 p.m. ET) in Toronto.
June 9, 2011 PHILLY BASE
Juventus headquartered here for U.S tour
Famed Italian side Juventus will be based in Philadelphia as they prepare for a three game tour in the United States. One of the three games on the tour will be played at New York’s Citi Field as part of the Herbalife World Football Challenge on July 26 at 7:30 pm.
May 19, 2011 BRING ON REAL
Union to play Galacticos at The Linc
The Philadelphia Union are certainly willing to take on a challenge. After playing Manchester United, Celtic and CD Guadalajara in their inaugural season, the team is now taking up the challenge of playing nine time European champion Real Madrid.
May 9, 2011 TAKING THE CHALLENGE
Barca, Chivas, Club America join WFC
NEW YORK--- UEFA Champions League finalists FC Barcelona, along with Mexico's popular clubs CD (Chivas) Guadalajara and Club America have join the World Football Challenge. Herbalife will become the event’s title sponsor.
March 29, 2011 TAKING THE CHALLENGE
United sees better competition against MLS clubs
When Manchester United toured the United States in 2004, their opponents were all European clubs, Bayern Munich, Glasgow Celtic and AC Milan. This year’s tour, their second in as many seasons, features predominantly Major League Soccer opponents. It’s not that the 18-time English champions are looking for patsies to beat up on. Quite the contrary.