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Liverpool, AC Milan join exciting lineup of Bay Area summer soccer
The Bay Area’s summer of soccer just got that much bigger with the announcement that Liverpool will face AC Milan in the International Champions Cup at the SF 49er’s Levi’s Stadium.
Liverpool are set to return Stateside for their 2016 Preseason Tour after visiting Australia last summer, and the rematch of the 2005 and 2007 Champions League finalists will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of their tour. Liverpool came out 2-0 victors when the pair faced off in Chicago in the 2014 ICC.
With rumors circulating that Klopp will have a war-chest to invest in the transfer market this summer, the match on July 30 will be among the first opportunities to see his potential new signings don Liverpool kits.
Pre-sale tickets for the matchup commence Tuesday, April 5 at 10 a.m. PT while the general public will have access to tickets on Tuesday, April 12.
“We are extremely excited to come back to Levi’s to play an ICC match for the second consecutive year,” said Charlie Stillitano, Chairman of Relevent Sports. “The Bay Area has been a tremendous host over the years and we expect nothing different in 2016. Liverpool and AC Milan met for a spectacular ICC match in Charlotte two years ago and we expect the same type of match this year.”
Last year, Barcelona and Manchester United squared off in a memorable sold-out friendly at Levi’s Stadium and the Bay Area has long been a important stop for the ICC. This summer’s edition runs from July 23 through August 13 and Liverpool will also face Chelsea in Los Angeles and Barcelona at an unannounced European venue. Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and Inter Milan will also visit the United States as a part of the tournament.
The match adds to the tantalizing offering of soccer in the Bay Area this summer, joining the much hyped Major League Soccer 2016 All-Star game at Avaya Stadium, which is the capstone of a week-long festival in San Jose. The festivities will include the Chipotle Homegrown Game and a “mini Super-Bowl City” in downtown. Arsenal were recently announced as the league’s All-Star game opponents and the match takes place just two days before Liverpool’s visit.
The Bay Area will also host four matches in the Copa American Centenario in early June, including the opening match of the tournament between the United States and Colombia. Argentina will also play Chile, Uruguay will square off against Jamaica, and the stadium will also host a quarterfinal fixture.
With the Rio Olympics and Euro 2016 also taking place this summer, it is lining up to be a fantastic, eventful season for all Bay Area fans and the San Jose Earthquakes will also host multiple key Major League Soccer matches, including most notably, the annual California Clasico at Stanford Stadium.