June 27, 2012
PSG to play DC; Santos Laguna set in Vegas
NEW YORK – French powerhouse Paris Saint-Germain and Mexico’s current champion Santos Laguna are replacing Juventus in North American friendlies after the Italian side cancelled its North American tour.
PSG will take on Major League Soccer’s D.C. United at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, July 28 at 7:30 p.m. ET while Santos Laguna will face off against Spain’s La Liga champion Real Madrid at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas on Sunday, August 5.
Santos Laguna and Paris Saint-Germain are replacing Juventus FC in the respective matches because Juventus’ cancelled its North American tour due to its participation in the upcoming 2012 Italian Super Cup in Beijing. Juventus’ third match in Montreal has been canceled. Fans who purchased tickets to any of the matches may use the existing ticket for the new matchups or receive a ticket refund.
The current Mexican league champion, Santos Laguna also finished runner-up in the CONCACAF Champions League 2011-2012. Based in Torreon, Mexico, Santos is led by manager Benjamin Galindo and captain Oswaldo Sanchez. Los Guerreros (Warriors) also boast U.S. national team forward Herculez Gomez, who is originally from Las Vegas.
PSG, the top-flight soccer club representing the city of Paris, is a two-time winner of France’s Ligue 1, an eight-time winner of the French Cup, and two-time winner of France’s Champions Trophy. PSG, led by Carlo Ancelotti, is also one of only two French clubs to have won a major European trophy, claiming the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1996.
The 2012 World Football Challenge currently features 11 teams playing nine matches at eight venues across North America July 18 through August 11.
The clubs currently confirmed to participate in the competition include PSG, Santos Laguna, Real Madrid, UEFA Champions League winners Chelsea FC, Scottish Premier League title holder Celtic FC, and European powerhouses Liverpool FC and AC Milan, as well as Major League Soccer’s current champion LA Galaxy, four-time MLS Cup champion D.C. United, three-time defending U.S. Open Cup champion Seattle Sounders FC, and four-time defending Canadian championship winner Toronto FC.
2012 Herbalife World Football Challenge Schedule (as of June 27, 2012)
Date Game Venue City Time (ET)
July 18 Seattle Sounders FC v Chelsea FC CenturyLink Field Seattle, WA 9:30 p.m.
July 21 Toronto FC v Liverpool FC Rogers Centre Toronto, ON 4:00 p.m.
July 22 Chelsea FC v Paris Saint-Germain Yankee Stadium New York, NY 7:00 p.m.
July 28 Chelsea FC v AC Milan Sun Life Stadium Miami, FL 6:00 p.m.
July 28 D.C. United v Paris Saint-Germain RFK Stadium Washington, D.C. 7:30 p.m.
August 2 LA Galaxy v Real Madrid Home Depot Center Carson, CA 10:30 p.m.
August 5 Real Madrid v Santos Laguna Sam Boyd Stadium Las Vegas, NV 11:00 p.m.
August 8 Real Madrid v AC Milan Yankee Stadium New York, NY 8:00 p.m.
August 11 Real Madrid v Celtic FC Lincoln Financial Field Philadelphia, PA 1:30 p.m.