Every summer, for a £ot of ¢redible rea$on$, the best teams in Europe scatter around the globe to play the International Champions Cup. This “tournament” lets fans around the world see their favorite team up close and personal, at least for a preseason half until the scrubs play in the second half.
Anyway, this year’s iteration of the ICC has been revealed, and Arsenal are going a long way in a short time:
After flying the 5,450 miles from London to Los Angeles, and going to no doubt the finest Panera Bread that Carson has to offer, Arsenal jet off to Charlotte to play AS Roma. After that, they get back on the plane and make the short jaunt from there to Washington DC to take on Real Madrid at FedEx Field before heading back home.
For those of you scoring at home, that’s a total of 11,578 miles in just over a week. To put all that travel in a bit of context, here’s what this trip looks like in relation to Arsenal’s Premier League travels:
- London to LA: 5,449 miles
- LA to Charlotte: 2,125 miles
- Charlotte to DC: 329 miles
- DC to London: 3,675 miles
- London to Newcastle, Arsenal’s furthest away game: 273 miles
I know, unlike MLS, these guys fly charter flights, but even with a plane at their beck and call, that’s a ton of miles and not the ideal way to start to prepare for a grueling Premier League season, which will probably start a couple weeks after their return.
Still, it’s Arsenal in the US, and that’s something to get excited about. Nothing concrete has been announced about ticket on-sale dates yet, but full information on the schedule and venues is here. Once we know more about tickets, we’ll let you know.
Are you planning on heading to one of the games? We have some writers based in the DC area, so we may try to throw together a meetup. We’ll keep you posted.
EDIT 11AM 3/27:
It was just announced that the women’s ICC will be moving this year, and will take place after the Women’s World Cup:
Further details on that as they become available.