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Chelsea FC and Inter Milan Coming to Lucas Oil Stadium as Part of Guinness International Champions Cup

Indy Eleven Professional Soccer and Relevent Sports today announced that European soccer giants Chelsea FC and Inter Milan will face off at Lucas Oil Stadium on Thursday, August 1 as part of the Guinness International Champions Cup. Kickoff for the contest, which will be broadcast internationally on FOX Soccer, is set for 8:00 p.m. ET.

“Indy Eleven is proud to join with Relevent Sports in bringing the International Champions Cup to the soccer fans of Indiana,” said Indy Eleven Owner Ersal Ozdemir. “Chelsea FC and Inter Milan will carry great tradition with them to Indianapolis, and Indy Eleven looks forward to hosting an event that will match their world-class quality on August 1.”

“This high-profile match between two storied organizations will again focus the eyes of the international sports world squarely on Indianapolis,” said Mayor Greg Ballard.  “We are among the best hosts of major sporting events in the world and this will be another great opportunity to showcase our great city and its hospitality to thousands people from around the country and the world that will travel here to be a part of the excitement.”

Tickets for Chelsea FC-Inter Milan showdown in the Circle City will go on sale to the public via and in person at the Lucas Oil Stadium Box Office beginning Tuesday, June 4 at 10:00 a.m. ET. Prices for seats in the main seating bowl will range from $30 to $135, and VIP and hospitality packages will also be available for the event.

Indy Eleven Season Ticket Holders will have the first chance at the best seats in the house for this first-of-its-kind soccer event in the State of Indiana, as they will enjoy a five-day private sale beginning immediately and lasting through the public on-sale next Tuesday morning. For more information on how to become an Indy Eleven Season Ticket Holder and take advantage of this opportunity via a $25 per seat deposit for the club’s inaugural 2014 season, click on the “Tickets” section of

More local groups will join the private sale opportunity on Friday, May 31 at 10:00 a.m., when the Indiana Soccer Association, Indiana Champions League, Indianapolis Colts, Indiana Sports Corp and Brickyard Battalion supporters group will invite its member bases to purchase tickets until the start of Tuesday’s public on-sale.

The Guinness International Champions Cup is a unique tournament featuring eight of the planet’s most recognizable soccer clubs: AC Milan, Chelsea FC, Everton, Inter Milan, Juventus, LA Galaxy, Real Madrid and Valencia. Preliminary round contests will be hosted in Indianapolis; San Francisco; Phoenix and Valencia, Spain from July 27-August 1, with those matches followed by semifinal doubleheaders in Los Angeles and New York City. The tournament will wrap up on August 6-7 with four matches featuring all eight squads at Miami’s Sun Life Stadium.

For more information on the full Guinness International Champions Cup, including the tournament bracket and team information,

“Indianapolis is a top American soccer city, and we’re happy to finally bring soccer to Lucas Oil Stadium,” said Relevent Sports Chief Executive Officer Charlie Stillitano. “We have no doubt that Chelsea FC and Inter Milan will provide an unforgettable match for the local fans.”

One of England’s most historic clubs, Chelsea became one of the world’s top teams following the purchase of the club by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich in 2003.  Since then, Chelsea has won three English Premier League titles, four F.A. Cup titles and the 2011-12 UEFA Champions League title. Chelsea FC captured its most recent piece of hardware just two weeks ago on May 15, when it won the 2012-13 Europa League trophy via a dramatic 2-1 victory over Portugal’s Benfica in Amsterdam.

The “Blues” play in the famed Stamford Bridge, which holds almost 42,000 fans and opened its doors in 1905. The club currently features a roster filled with international stars including Juan Mata (Spain), Eden Hazard (Belgium) and Frank Lampard (England). After relieving manager Rafa Benitez of his duties on Tuesday, Chelsea FC is rumored to bring back to Stamford Bridge Jose Mourinho, the Portuguese leader that saw the London-based side through one of the most prosperous trophy hauls in its history from 2004-07. For more information on the Blues, visit

“Chelsea Football Club is looking forward to participating in the International Champions Cup as part of our preparation for the 2013/14 season,” said Ron Gourlay, Chelsea FC Chief Executive. “After the great reception we have just received in St Louis, we are pleased to be visiting another new city in Indianapolis. We are also looking forward to returning to New York and Miami, where we always enjoy strong support.”

F.C. Internazionale Milano, popularly known as Inter, is one of the most famous clubs in world football. Since its foundation in 1908, it has always played in Serie A, the top tier of Italian soccer. In its long and illustrious history the club has won 18 Serie A titles, three European Cups, three Intercontinental Cups, three UEFA Cups, seven Italian Cups and five Italian Super Cups. Inter currently stands ninth in the UEFA club coefficient ranking.

The club is owned by Massimo Moratti, whose family owns one of Italy’s most prominent companies in Saras S.p.A. It is currently managed by Andrea Stramaccioni and is led by legendary Argentine captain Javier Zanetti, who leads the club in all-time appearances with over 800 games since his debut for the team in 1995. To read more on I Nerazzurri(the “Black and Blue”) visit

“Inter is thrilled to open the tournament against Chelsea, another internationally renowned football club with whom we have shared some exciting European encounters in the past,” the Italian club stated via a spokesperson. “We are looking forward to playing in Indianapolis for the first time after two successful preseason tours of the States in 2009 and 2010.”

SiriusXM to be National Radio Broadcaster for 2013 Guinness International Champions Cup

Sirius XM Radio and Relevent Sports, a division of RSE Ventures, today announced a broadcast agreement that will deliver a series of world class soccer matches to listeners nationwide on SiriusXM FC, channel 94.

SiriusXM FC is available to subscribers through their satellite radios, through the SiriusXM Internet Radio App and online at

SiriusXM listeners will get live play-by-play of a number of matches organized by Relevent Sports, including this summer’s inaugural Guinness International Champions Cup tournament and other matches such as the Spain-Ireland friendly at Yankee Stadium in June.

The 2013 Guinness International Champions Cup opens on July 27 and will feature eight club teams – including Inter Milan, Juventus, Los Angeles Galaxy, Real Madrid and others – that will compete over seven days at different venues across the United States.  The semifinals will be contested in New York and Los Angeles on August 3 and 4.  The tournament will conclude at Sun Life Stadium in Miami on August 6 and 7 with a pair of doubleheaders that will showcase all eight teams and include the championship match.

“The 2013 Guinness International Champions Cup, along with Spain-Ireland at Yankee Stadium, will showcase an exceptional group of internationally renowned teams at the highest level of their sport,” said Scott Greenstein, SiriusXM’s President and Chief Content Officer.  “Soccer fans around the country are excited for what will be a terrific series of matches this summer and we’re very pleased to deliver these events to our subscribers on SiriusXM FC, channel 94.”

On June 11, SiriusXM will broadcast the friendly match between reigning World Cup Champion Spain and Ireland at Yankee Stadium (8:00 pm ET kickoff).

SiriusXM FC, SiriusXM’s newest sports channel, launched last October and offers listeners a mix of soccer talk and play-by-play 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

SiriusXM FC features live play-by-play from the Barclays Premier League, UEFA Champions League and FA Cup.  In addition to live match coverage, listeners will get daily soccer talk programming hosted by an expert cast of former players, coaches, executives and journalists from the U.S. and Europe.

For more info on SiriusXM FC visit Follow the channel on Twitter @SiriusXMFC.

Stay tuned to ISN for all the news regarding the 2013 Guinness International Champions Cup! 

America’s Next Great Hope: Terrence Boyd

This is part 2 of the European Soccer Experience as ISN’s own Kris Reid visited Rapid Vienna, home of U.S. national teamer Terrence Boyd.  He was treated to a training session, a tour of the city, and a lot of football talk with one of our sport’s biggest young stars.

Kris takes it from here. 

Kris Reid: So I´ll be honest, I didn’t necessarily know too much about the Austrian league until recently.

Terrence Boyd: Me neither! This is one of the biggest clubs in Austria.  They are like the Bayern Munich of the Bundesliga or Real Madrid of La Liga.

KR: I was maybe a little unaware of the details of the Austrian league until lately, but it appears as though this club is a big deal here.

TB: I didn’t really follow this league until I was signed over the summer, but I am quite satisfied so far.

KR: You had your bicycle kick a few weeks back. Pretty awesome stuff so far.

TB: It is a bit of luck, too, you know. In practice, it doesn’t always work, but this time it did. It’s crazy.

KR: What prompted you to play for the U.S. Men’s National team as opposed to Germany?

TB: The U.S., they cared for me. They brought me in for the Under 20′s. And then it was the first time I was able to play for the national team and then I got my passport ready. I mean I’m a big fan of the States. I love the States and I want to live there after my career. But in Europe it’s all about soccer. The level is highest in Europe. I love the States. For me, it’s the grandest country, the best country. I’m really so proud to be able to represent them. It’s not something everyone gets to do.

KR: I feel like you’re part of the next generation of people who are going to start representing the USA internationally because historically we haven’t had a great soccer culture relative to the Europeans.

TB: I think it’s one of the countries that is developing the fastest. With every big event, with every World Cup it’s getting bigger. I mean there is so much potential there. There is a huge population and so many great athletes. Like, if some of the kids who normally played American football started playing soccer, you know. There are so many gifted athletes in the states. If the USA treated soccer like Europe does, I think the USA would be the best.

But I am a big American football fan, too. My family, when I met them for the first time in ten years, my father was an Olympic qualifier. I invited them to the U.S. soccer camp. The evening we played, my grandpa was like “I have no idea what soccer is about, but just do your best.” They don’t really take it seriously in the States. It’s funny!

KR: Would you ever consider playing for a German team?

TB: Well, of course I want to play for a German club, but I want to represent the USA internationally. After the Antigua match, my fourth U.S. match, Peter (the media relations director for Rapid Vienna) asked me, “Do you really want to do this?” And I said, “Of course, one hundred percent.” But of course, I want to play in the German league. To me, it is the best league in the world.

I mean, if you look at the EPL, it is the same five teams. And the other teams are just kicking long balls and it’s a rough game. But in the Bundesliga, there are maybe eight really good clubs. They are all really good and competitive. You never know who can win. You never know what can happen.

KR: I think any year, any team on any given day can beat another team.

TB: Of course, Bayern is the biggest deal, and Shalke and Dortmund, too. They are always at the top.

KR: But they could always lose to any other team, like Bremen.

TB: That’s true. It’s crazy!

KR: So you are set on the German Bundesliga?

TB: Not really. My favorite club is Arsenal so that would be a dream come true.

ISN: You are on a three-year contract with Rapid Vienna.

TB: Right. I didn’t come here to stay only a couple of months, or to leave after one season. You never know what the future brings. First, I have to play good and create options. Of course, if you want to be one of the best, you have to play for the best teams and against the best teams. Right now, I am still progressing, still developing.

KR: In your first game over the summer, you scored two goals. Crazy!

TB: Yeah. It is crazy. But there are still times where I didn’t score (for five matches), but in the last match I scored again. It’s crazy for me because I’ve been a reserve team player and now the media is saying, “What’s wrong with Boyd? Why isn’t he scoring?” After I scored the bicycle kick, they gave me some nicknames like Air Boyd. I say calm down because you never know what could happen.

KR: Back to USA soccer culture, you said it will continue to progress.

TB: Yes, I think in ten to twenty years, I hope, the USA will move towards the top twenty leagues in the world. Maybe even top ten, you never know. The potential is there.

KR: I think so, too. What about the Jamaica game?

TB: We lost the first one, which shouldn’t happen. The second match we won. And then we just beat Antigua, so that’s good. It was crazy because we changed the system after the first loss. Things happened. We were, like, not scared, but just maybe they overpowered us in the first match. Fresh at every tackle, everyone versus one battle. They recovered well, extremely fast.

KR: So I know your team is tied for second in the Austrian league with the team you play on Sunday (Austria Wien), making it a big match.

TB: Even if it’s the last place team, it’s always an important game. Like, in the last game, we lost three to nil. And if we lose at home, it’s crazy. They told us not to go out on the street.

KR: Do you have a routine when preparing? A favorite song?

TB: The same songs before, yes. Right now, Aesop Rock and Sol.

KR: What about the team? Did they take you in as part of the family?

TB: I prefer to talk about music (laughs). No, it’s been good. They integrated me. I still feel like I’m in Germany because we speak the same language. Many things are similar. I feel comfortable here.

After the interview Terrence drove me around Vienna and we talked about music and he showed me the sights. He treated me to lunch and a coffee at Starbucks. An incredible gesture from a rising star in the game of football. I would not be surprised if he becomes a household name in the soccer community in the next few years. 

SiriusXM to Launch New Channel Dedicated Entirely to Soccer

Sirius XM Radio today announced that it has created a new channel dedicated entirely to the world’s game.

SiriusXM FC will launch October 15 on channel 94 and will offer listeners nationwide soccer talk and play-by-play 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  The channel – including all talk and play-by-play – will also be available to listeners on the SiriusXM Internet Radio App for smartphones and other mobile devices and online at

With SiriusXM FC, soccer fans will have access to many of the world’s best teams with live play-by-play broadcasts from the Barclays Premier League, UEFA Champions League and FA Cup, as well as matches from the Major League Soccer playoffs.  All Barclays Premier League matches are provided by talkSPORT.  All UEFA and FA Cup matches are provided by FOX Soccer.  For a schedule of upcoming matches on SiriusXM FC visit

“The demand for worldwide quality soccer coverage continues to grow and we’re very excited to now provide soccer fans with an entire channel dedicated to their sport,” said Steve Cohen, SiriusXM’s SVP of Sports Programming.  “SiriusXM has created and developed several sports specific channels which have become must listen destinations for NFL fans, MLB fans, motor racing fans and many others.  SiriusXM FC – with an outstanding lineup of on air talent, daily expert analysis and live play-by-play – will be the next SiriusXM channel to bring fans closer to their sport.”

In addition to live match coverage, listeners will get an unparalleled schedule of daily soccer talk programming.  SiriusXM FC will feature shows hosted by an expert cast of former players, coaches, executives and journalists from the U.S. and Europe that will deliver the latest news and analysis and give fans a place to discuss the headline stories from the world of soccer.

The Football Show, hosted by National Soccer Hall of Famer John Harkes, former player/coach Ray Hudson and soccer experts Charlie Stillitano and Neil Barnett can be heard every weekday morning at 7:00 am ET.  Men in Blazers, hosted by Michael Davies and Roger Bennett, will air Mondays and Fridays at 9:00 am ET.

Weekday afternoons at 5:00 pm ET, Harkes and his former teammate and fellow Hall of Famer, longtime U.S. Men’s National Team goalkeeper Tony Meola, will be heard hosting Counter Attack, offering a recap of matches and discussing the news of the day with fans around the country.

The SiriusXM FC daily lineup will also feature several programs from talkSPORT, the award-winning British-based sports talk network, including the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Drivetime with Darren Gough and Adrian Durham, Kick Off, Extra Time, and Weekend Sports Breakfast with Micky Quinn and Mark Saggers.

In addition, SiriusXM FC will also carry Fox Soccer News, Fox Soccer’s nightly news and highlights show airing at 10:00 pm ET.

On Mondays and Thursdays at 7:00 pm ET, SiriusXM FC will air’s Extra Time Radio show, covering the world of Major League Soccer with hosts Greg Lalas and Nick Firchau.

For more info on SiriusXM FC visit Follow the channel on Twitter @SiriusXMFC.

SiriusXM produced shows on SiriusXM FC will be available on SiriusXM On Demand for subscribers listening via the SiriusXM Internet Radio App for smartphones and other mobile devices or online at  Visit for more info on SiriusXM On Demand.

The European Soccer Experience #1: Ajax v. FC Twente

Kristopher Reid is on the road, reporting back to ISN on his experiences with the beautiful game in Europe. 

European football is where star players are drafted; it is where the best South American players play alongside giant Dutch defenders; it is where legendary players and overpaid divas clash.

As I emerged from the subway system in Amsterdam, the sound of celebratory cheering echoed everywhere. The energy of these fans was beyond even a diehard Green Bay Packers fan; these people have a definitive passion for soccer. My lack of hearing after the game was enough evidence of their unfaltering devotion.

The match was between Ajax and FC Twente. The visiting Twente came out strong and held the ball for the first five minutes, but with no real scoring attempts. Ajax responded with some quick passing and a shot on target from star player Christian Eriksen. Twente rebutted with a crafty corner to Douglas, who missed a solid opportunity. Play continued in this fashion for much of the first half: lots of possession for Ajax and explosive counterattacks from Twente with neither side having success. At the one third mark of the game, Ajax retained 65% of total possession. Twente did not roll over and give up; a quick free kick from Twente resulted in a near header connection in front of goal in the 31st minute.

Two minutes later Nacer Chadli put a header on frame but the keeper was poised for the stop. Just before the end of the first half, Tobias Sana put a rocket on target. The shot was blocked by the Twente defense, earning the home side a late corner kick. Eriksen made a perfect pass to a wide open Niklas Moisander, who sliced the ball and missed a golden opportunity to score. In the 45th minute, Daley Blind was fouled hard by Dusan Tadic, who was then issued the first yellow card of the match. At the end of the half, both teams had yet to find the net.

At the start of the second half, Twente came out very strong and maintained possession early on.  Twente had their only real scoring chance oft he match in the 55th, but Dutch star Christian Poulsen defended well. A minute later, Ajax put a shot on target, which was barely blocked by the keeper. The ball was then recovered by Ajax who shot yet again, and the Twente goalkeeper was there again for the save. Following the save, Ajax earned a corner, and then another. Surely it was their time to score, but the visitor’s defense held strong and cleared the ball.

Chadli, one of Twente’s key players, had a near goal in the 66th, but his header was not quick enough to get past the Ajax keeper. Ajax responded immediately, as Ryan Babel passed the ball to a patiently waiting Eriksen, who trapped the ball at the top of the goal box and smashed the ball into the corner of the goal. It was low and fast and nearly impossible for the keeper to react in time. Other than substitutions, free kicks, and a smart foul to stop a breakaway in the 86th minute (earning Beams a yellow card), play mimicked the first half. Not many chances, lots of free kicks and corners but no more goals.

Ajax’s top players, Babel, Sana, and Eriksen were in top form during the match. Sana has speed in open field making him nearly impossible to defend. However, this speed does not always work in his favor as all of his shot attempts were either over the bar or well wide of the net.

Ajax, the league champions from the previous season, played with control and dominated the visiting squad.  The 1-0 victory for the home side added to an already exciting start to the Dutch Eredivisie season.

The atmosphere of the stadium was incredible and the energy and volume of the crowd surpassed even Century Link Field during playoffs.  America’s soccer paradise in the Pacific Northwest is pale in comparison to this European soccer masterpiece.