|House of Soccer anchors Charlotte futbol weekend|
|Showcase leads International Champions Cup|
|Published Thursday, July 18, 2019 5:21 pm|
|RELEVENT SPORTS GROUP|
|Artist rendering of House of Soccer pitch at Romare Bearden Park.|
Romare Bearden Park is the House of Soccer this weekend.
Charlotte knows the International Champions Cup well, hosting a match all but two years of the tournament’s existence. The city and tournament organizer Relevent Sports Group announced last week a partnership—the first of its kind—to bring ICC back for the next five years.
“Cities all over the country vie for these matches, and we saw something special in Charlotte,” RSG Chief Operating Officer Aaron Ryan said. “Last year we debuted House of Soccer in Miami and Los Angeles, and what House of Soccer is it’s the intersection between lifestyle, culture, music and sports. It’s really an opportunity for fans to express their love of the game, but also to bring the community together.”
July 19-20 marks Charlotte’s first taste of the House of Soccer. The weekend culminates with Arsenal vs. Fiorentina on July 20 at Bank of America Stadium, however, the House of Soccer, which is free with registration on the ICC website, opens at 5 p.m. The main area is in the park’s Big Moon Green near the fountain.
House of Soccer is designed to combine sport, music and art. An all-star match takes place at 7 p.m. featuring former Carolina Panthers Kurt Coleman, Tre Boston, Dwan Edwards and Charles Johnson. Creative Player Foundation co-owner and former professional soccer player Daniel Araujo, former Arsenal player Ray Parlour, former U.S. men’s national team player John Harkes, Charlotte Hornets Cody Zeller, freestylers Indi and Skye Cowie, MLS alumni Wes Knight and Mike Harrington as well as former Argentina national team member Florencia Galarza will also participate. Day one concludes with an 8:30 p.m. performance by Grits & Biscuits.
Day two starts at 12 p.m. with a fan fest, which includes small-sided soccer game, freestyle clinics, food trucks and beer garden. The main event — U.S. women’s national team star Megan Rapinoe, fresh off winning the Golden Boot and Golden Ball at the Women’s World Cup – will host a clinic for Creative Player Foundation students at 2 p.m. Walker Hayes will perform at 3:30 p.m. A march from the park to the stadium will take place at 5 p.m., followed by Arsenal vs. Fiorentina at 6 p.m. Rapinoe will conduct the coin toss.
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