One of the most anticipated matches of the 2015 International Champions Cup North American leg will take place this weekend. Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA will be the venue for reigning UEFA Champions League titleholders FC Barcelona and English Premier League dynamo Manchester United in what will be a true star-studded affair.
Fans of top-flight football should cancel all plans and make a beeline for Levi’s Stadium this Saturday, as tickets are still available for purchase on the resale market. According to data gathered by SeatSmart.com, Manchester United vs. FC Barcelona tickets can be bought on the secondary market at an average of $211.24, with the average 28 percent less than last week’s mark. Less expensive tickets can also be found, as the get-in price currently sits at $90. That might sound like a hefty amount, but fortunately for fans, there are some superb deals on Levi’s Stadium parking from ParkWhiz.com, which has spots all around the area.
Reigning ICC trophy hoisters Manchester United have gotten their 2015 ICC campaign off to a great start, topping Club América, 1-0, and also taking max points from their contest with the San Jose Earthquakes this week. Memphis Depay recorded his first and second ever goal for United, in a match also saw second-half substitute Andreas Pereira steal the headlines with a nifty header, sealing the 3-1 score line.
FC Barcelona also enters this clash undefeated, winning 2-1 against the Los Angeles Galaxy. The reigning La Liga and UEFA Champions league champs found goals from Luis Suarez and Sergi Roberto, while dominating possession for the entirety of the match. Suarez stole the show, keeping fans on the edge of their seats displaying why he is one of the most coveted strikers in the world.
These foes are no strangers, having met twice in the Champions League Final. In 2008-09 and 2010-11, Barcelona topped United, 3-1, and, 2-0, respectively. They also faced each other in the UEFA Champions League semifinal during 2007-08, with United advancing on an aggregate score of 1-0.
Headlining this match is a showcase of forwards. Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney, the 2009-10 Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year, has scored at least 11 goals in every EPL season since joining Manchester in 2004-05. FC Barcelona’s Suarez is also a prolific scorer, having scored 25 goals, not to mention while adding 20 assists, in all competitions during his first season with the club.
Kicking off at 1:00 p.m. PT, this fixture will be nothing short of exciting. Barcelona seems likely to take the field in a 4-3-3 formation, while Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal will counter with a lineup arranged in some form of a 4-3-1-2 package.
Manchester United currently sits tied in fourth of the ICC North American standings with six points; they are slated to face rivals Chelsea FC in their final tournament match on July 29 in Chicago, IL.
FC Barcelona, meanwhile, sits in fifth-place on three points, with one of their two final matches coming against Chelsea FC in Landover, MD on July 28. Tickets for this star-studded match have a current average of $247.67, with this average 11 percent more than last week’s mark. They will then conclude against Fiorentina in Florence, Italy on August 2.