Bayern Munich announce U.S. tour for International Champions Cup
Bayern Munich have announced a summer tour of the United States and will take part in the International Champions Cup against AC Milan, Inter Milan and Real Madrid.
Two years after their first trip to the United States, Bayern will return to three major U.S. cities and perform in the ICC, the club revealed on Tuesday.
Bayern are set to play AC Milan at Chicago's Soldier Field on July 27, and three days later take on Inter Milan in Charlotte. On Aug. 3, Bayern will clash with Real Madrid at the MetLife stadium in New York. All matches will be shown live in the United States on the ESPN family of TV and digital networks.
Bayern were the first European club to open an office in the United States two years ago, and are looking forward to establishing further links with the American audience following the 2016 European Championships in France.
"Since we opened our New York office, we have seen first-hand how much passion there is for soccer in America and how quickly the sport is growing," Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told the club's website.
Joerg Wacker, the Bayern Munich executive board member of Internationalisation and Strategy, added that the United States are an "important market within our international strategy," and highlighted that the upcoming tour is an "important stepping stone for our activities and supports our goal to further expand the FC Bayern Munich brand globally."
Bayern Munich have 92 registered fan clubs in the United States, and their New York office has been working on establishing several partnerships including one with the Columbia University.