Rocco Commisso has secured an immediate boost after taking over ACF Fiorentina, with the Serie A club securing a spot in this summer’s International Champions Cup.
Fiorentina will replace AS Roma, who have had to withdraw from the pre-season soccer tournament – which is run by Relevent Sports – due to Europa League qualification demands.
Fiorentina will play three matches in the United States: against Chivas de Guadalajara July 16 at SeatGeek Stadium in Chicago, July 20 against Arsenal at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, and July 24 against Benfica at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.
Italian-American billionaire Commisso secured the purchase of Fiorentina earlier this month, having failed in an attempt to take over AC Milan last year. He also owns the New York Cosmos, which plays in the National Premier Soccer League.
Fans who had bought tickets for any of the matches involving AS Roma will be able to retain their tickets for the matches involving Fiorentina or request a refund within the next 14 days.
Meanwhile, the ICC match between Bayern Munich and AC Milan July 23 in Kansas City, has been moved from Arrowhead Stadium to Children’s Mercy Park, the home of Major League Soccer team Sporting Kansas City.
This is due to “unprecedented wet weather impacting a construction project” at the home of the NFL Kansas City Chiefs, according to a press release.