For the second straight year, Memorial Stadium will be hosting a soccer matchup with at least one prominent international side involved. Last year it was Inter Milan and Real Madrid playing in Berkeley, and this year it will be Manchester United making their way to Cal to play the local San Jose Earthquakes in a friendly.
For those looking for a soccer team to adopt for next season, Manchester United finished in the top four in the Premier League and earned a bid for next year's Champions League, so they will be one of the prominent teams on American TV next season for both Premier and Champions League coverage. They have a host of recognizable players that you might know from the World Cup, like Wayne Rooney & Ashley Young (England), Robin Van Persie & Daley Blind (Holland), Radamel Falcao (Colombia), Ángel Di María (Argentina), Marouane Fellaini (Belgium) and more. It's a lot of talent, although because it is the first exhibition matchup.
Relevent Sports, a division of RSE Ventures – a multi-national sports and entertainment venture firm with a focus on new technologies – today announced that Manchester United will face the San Jose Earthquakes at Kabam Field at California Memorial Stadium on Tuesday, July 21 in Berkeley as part of the 2015 Guinness International Champions Cup North America. Kickoff for the match is set for 8 p.m. PDT.
This is the second consecutive year that Cal will host an International Champions Cup match in Berkeley. Last year, Real Madrid and Inter Milan played in front of a sold-out crowd of 62,583 fans, with Inter Milan prevailing 2-1 in penalty kicks.
The game between Manchester United and the Earthquakes was added to the Bay Area schedule because of the region’s overwhelming interest in and support for soccer. Both the Manchester United vs. FC Barcelona game at Levi’s® Stadium on July 25 and the Club América vs. San Jose Earthquakes match at Avaya Stadium on July 14 sold-out in less than two weeks (a small number of tickets currently reserved for teams/sponsors may be released). This third contest allows fans to see their hometown MLS club face one of the most successful teams in the world in Manchester United with tickets starting at just $45.
"We are excited to have an opportunity to build on the success of last year’s sold-out match by hosting two world-renowned soccer clubs at the world’s leading public university," said UC Berkeley Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance John Wilton. "Not only will it give us a chance to share our beautiful campus with fans and families from across Northern California, it will have a positive economic impact on the City of Berkeley and generate revenue to support our athletics programs and core mission of excellence and access in teaching and research."
Exclusive presale tickets for the Manchester United and San Jose Earthquakes match for pre-qualified fans will be available beginning Wednesday, May 27 at 9 a.m. PDT, with general public tickets available beginning Friday, May 29 at 9 a.m. PDT through the Cal Athletic Ticket Office. Fans can sign up at www.internationalchampionscup.com for access to the presale.