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International Soccer Tournament Comes to Chicago

By Todd McClamroch in News on Jul 25, 2007 5:51PM

2007_07_25_chicago_trophy.gifFour international club teams are slated to match up this Friday and Sunday in the first ever Chicago Trophy Soccer Tournament at Soldier Field. Each team will play two matches and be awarded three points for a win and bonus points for goals to determine who gets to take home the Chicago Trophy, which was designed by Santiago Calatrava the Spanish Architect who also designed the Chicago Spire.

The teams were selected to try and draw fans from Chicago's diverse population. The most recognizable team is Sevilla FC from Spain who were winners of the 2005 and 2006 UEFA Cup. Also traveling from Europe for the tournament are Wisla Krakow of Poland and Reggina Calcio of the Italian Serie A. The fourth team is Club Deportivo Toluca from Mexico. Reggina Calcio and Wisla Krakow will meet in the first game of the tournament at 6pm on Friday with Sevilla FC and Toluca playing the second match of the night immediately following. The tournament concludes on Sunday with Reggina Calcio versus Toluca at 3pm followed by Sevilla taking on Krakow.

Tickets, ranging from $45to $80, are being sold for both days and include admission to both games for that day. Luis Arroyave of Red Card is reporting that tickets for Friday night's event will be buy one get one free if you buy through Ticketmaster on Thursday.