Wednesday's soccer news starts with the announcement for this summer's International Champions Cup. The 2017 edition brings Juventus, Spurs, Roma, Manchester United, Manchester City, PSG, Real Madrid, and Barcelona to NFL stadiums, Orlando's Camping World Stadium, and Red Bull Arena. It's yet another chance to see the giants of European soccer without having to sit through an eight-hour plane ride.
The fun begins on July 19 when Roma plays PSG somewhere. The Manchester derby is the next day. We can safety assume not in Manchester, but we're waiting on the venue. The first game with complete information is July 22's Juventus vs Barcelona at MetLife Stadium at 6pm ET on ESPN.
For those questioning the point of international friendlies held far from where the clubs play, it's 2017. We've had enough evidence that the US market will happily turn out in support of the big event for years now. As long as the audience is there, the European clubs turned global brands will follow.
Also in the soccer news, Maxi Urruti's two goals for FC Dallas in their 2-1 win over New England was good for MLS Player of the Week honors in week 3.
ESPN FC's James McNicholas makes the case that Arsene Wenger might be doing Arsenal a favor. The Guardian's Jonathan Wilson thinks Arsenal is set for a transitional period regardless. Bundesliga Fanatic's Brook Genene looks at the links to Arsenal for Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel. FourFourTwo's Matt Ladson withholds judgement on Liverpool's ownership. World Soccer's Brian Glanville questions both Wenger and Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola.
Back Page Football's Paul Little asks a serious question about Real Madrid this season. The Set Piece's Matt Ford takes in the Munich derby. Kyle McCarthy profiles National Soccer Hall of Fame Media Award winner Paul Kennedy for USSoccer.com.
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