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From Soldier Field to SeatGeek Stadium, the history of the International Champions Cup in Illinois

One year after Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund faced off at Soldier Field, the International Champions Cup returns to Chicagoland this Tuesday, July 16. (La Media Inglesa)

By Juan Pimiento

 

Bridgeview’s SeatGeek Stadium, home of the Chicago Fire and the Chicago Red Stars, is ready to host the first match of the 2019 International Champions Cup (ICC) Tuesday when Mexican club CD Guadalajara and Italian side Fiorentina face off.

Bridgeview will host an ICC match for the first time in the tournament’s history, but it will not be the first contest of the summer competition in Chicagoland.

Second City Soccer takes a look back at the previous ICC games played locally.

 

July 27, 2014- Liverpool 1 Olympiacos 0

After not being selected as a host city in the inaugural 2013 edition of the ICC, Soldier Field hosted Liverpool and Olympiacos in 2014.

The Group B matchup would see the Reds, led at the time by Brendan Rodgers, take the three points thanks to a goal by current Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling.

LIV: Brad Jones, Kolo Touré (Sebastián Coates), Martin Skrtel, José Enrique (Philippe Coutinho), Glen Johnson (Martin Kelly), Steven Gerrard, (Lucas), Emre Can, (Joe Allen), Jordan Henderson, Daniel Sturridge (Rickie Lambert), Lazar Markovic (Jack Robinson), Raheem Sterling (Jordon Ibe) HC: Brendan Rodgers

OLY: Balázs Megyeri, Dimitrios Siovas (Anastasios Avlonitis), Avraam Papadopoulos (Kostas Manolas), Eric Abidal (Arthur Masuaku), Leandro Salino, Delvin Ndinga (Pajtim Kasami), Giannis Maniatis (Arthur Masuaku), Gevorg Ghazaryan
(Dimitrios Kolovos), Mathieu Dossevi (Andreas Bouchalakis), Dimitrios Diamantakos (Athanasios Papazoglou), Javier Saviola (Alejandro Domínguez) HC: Michel

August 2, 2015- Manchester United 0 PSG 2

Years before their memorable UEFA Champions League tie, Manchester United and PSG did battle at Soldier Field in 2015.

Led by goals from current LA Galaxy star Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Juventus midfielder Blaise Matuidi, the French side defeated the Red Devils to secure the North America and Europe crown.

MAN: David De Gea (Sam Johnstone), Matteo Darmian, Phil Jones (Chris Smalling), Daley Blind, Luke Shaw (Antonio Valencia), Michael Carrick (Sean Goss), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Morgan Schneiderlin), Juan Mata (Jesse Lingard), Memphis Depay, Ashley Young (Andreas Pereira), Wayne Rooney HC: Louis Van Gaal

PSG: Kevin Trapp, Gregory Van der Wiel (Marquinhos), Serge Aurier (David Luiz), Thiago Silva, (Youssouf Sabaly), Maxwell (Lucas Digne), Marco Verratti (Adrien Rabiot), Benjamin Stambouli (Hervin Ongenda), Blaise Matuidi (Persnel Kimpembe), Jean-Kévin Augustin (Edinson Cavani), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Christopher Nkunku), Lucas Moura (Jean-Christophe Bahebeck) HC: Laurent Blanc

July 27, 2016- Bayern 3 Milan 3 (MIL won 3-5 in penalty kicks)

Two European champions, Bayern Munich and AC Milan, put together a memorable encounter at Soldier Field in 2016 as part of the United States and Europe group.

Carlo Ancelotti’s and Vincenzo Montella’s sides traded goal across 90 minutes from Franck Ribery (twice), David Alaba, MBaye Niang, Andrea Bertolacci and Juraj Kucka. The Rossoneri would take the win in penalties.

BAY: Sven Ulreich, Holger Badstuber (Nicolas Feldhahn), Javi Martínez (Milos Pantovic), Juan Bernat, Rafinha, Thiago (Fabian Benko), Xabi Alonso (Erdal Öztürk), David Alaba, Philipp Lahm, Franck Ribéry, Julian Green (Karl-Heinz Lappe) HC: Carlo Ancelotti

MIL: Gianluigi Donnarumma, Alessio Romagnoli, Gabriel Paletta, Riccardo Montolivo, (Mattia El Hilali), Luca Antonelli (Rodrigo Ely), Ignazio Abate (Juraj Kucka), Andrea Bertolacci (Niccolò Zanellato), Andrea Poli (Jherson Vergara Amu), Giacomo Bonaventura, Suso (Keisuke Honda), M’Baye Niang (Alessandro Matri) HC: Vincenzo Montella

July 20, 2018- Manchester City 0 Dortmund 1

After missing out in 2017, Soldier Field kicked off the 2018 ICC as Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City battled Lucien Favre’s Borussia Dortmund faced off in a tight, one-goal affair.

In a game that featured few recognizable names, Mario Gotze made the difference from the penalty spot in the 28th minute.

MCI: Claudio Bravo (Joe Hart), Luke Bolton, Eric Garcia, Jason Denayer (Cameron Humphreys-Grant), Oleksandr Zinchenko, Jack Harrison, Riyad Mahrez (Leroy Sane), Brahim Diaz (Ayotomiwa Dele-Bashiru), Phil Foden (Patrick Roberts), Douglas Luiz (Nabili Zoubdi Touaizi), Lukas Nmecha (Benjamin Garre)

BVB: Marwin Hitz, Herbert Bockhorn (Amos Pieper), Ömer Toprak (Abdou Diallo), Dan-Axel Zagadou (Jeremy Toljan), Marcel Schmelzer (Soren Dieckmann), Dzenis Burnic (Mahmoud Dahoud), Christian Pulisic (Nuri Sahin), Sebastian Rode (Sergio Gomez), Mario Götze (Marius Wolf), Jacob Bruun Larsen (Jadon Sancho), Alexander Isak (Maximilian Philipp)

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