Part of 2014 International Champions Cup tournament to be played at Heinz Field

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European soccer powers A.C. Milan and Manchester City are expected to play a match July 27 at Heinz Field as part of the 2014 International Champions Cup tournament.

An official announcement with more details could come as early as Tuesday.

The game will be held with the Steelers’ cooperation, according to a person with knowledge of the event.

The ICC tournament, which will be in its second year, replaced what formerly was the World Football Challenge. It will feature eight clubs from Europe playing in various U.S. cities July 26-Aug. 4 in what will be the preseason for their league play.

Manchester City plays in the English Premier League. A.C. Milan plays in Serie A. They also participate in the Champions League.

A.C. Milan has two of the sport’s biggest stars in striker Mario Balotelli and forward Kaka.

Other clubs reportedly playing ICC games this summer in cities such as Denver, Chicago, Philadelphia and New York are Manchester United, A.C. Roma, Liverpool, Inter Milan, Olympiakos and Real Madrid.

In 2012, A.C. Milan announced on its website tentative plans to play a World Football Challenge match in Pittsburgh, but it never materialized.

The previous European pro match played here was in July 2004, when Chelsea beat AS Roma, 3-0, at Heinz Field.

Shelly Anderson: shanderson@post-gazette.com, Twitter @pgshelly.


Shelly Anderson: shanderson@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1721 and Twitter @pgshelly. First Published February 2, 2014 5:54 PM

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