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UM expected to announce Real Madrid-Chelsea match Thursday

The Detroit News
Real Madrid and Manchester United drew 109,318 to Michigan Stadium in 2014.

Michigan is expected to announce on Thursday that Michigan Stadium will host Real Madrid and Chelsea in an International Champions Cup soccer match this summer.

There was a bit of a tease on the International Champions Cup website on Tuesday morning when the July 30 match in Ann Arbor appeared on the schedule. But because the contract had not yet been finalized, the website quickly changed the listing to “TBA.”

Michigan has called a news conference for Thursday morning involving members of Relevent Sports, which promotes the summer soccer series.

David Tyler, CEO of Relevent Sports, said Tuesday during a news conference that this is a global event and special venues are chosen.

"We love to take this game to truly iconic stadiums," Tyler said Tuesday.

Real Madrid vs. Chelsea at Michigan Stadium?

Ohio Stadium also will host a game this summer.

Michigan Stadium hosted an International Champions Cup match on Aug. 2, 2014 between Real Madrid and Manchester United, won by Manchester United 3-1.

The crowd was announced as 109,318, the largest crowd ever for a soccer match in the United States.