Manchester United vs Manchester City Soccer match reportedly slated for NRG Stadium in Houston
Two of some of the most valuable soccer teams on Earth reportedly have scheduled a match at NRG Stadium.
The International Champions Cup, a series of friendly soccer matches, announced the July 20 game last month, but a venue hadn't been named at the time, per ESPN. San Diego was expected to host the event.
Seven years ago — when the stadium was still called Reliant Stadium — Manchester United played in the 2010 MLS All-Star Game held in Houston. Within 24 hours of tickets going on sale, the entire lower bowl of Reliant Stadium was sold out. The MLS stars lost to Man U, 5-2, in front of more than 70,000 people.
Manchester United, which trades on the NYSE as under the symbol MANU, is worth $3.32 billion, according to a 2016 Forbes list. That makes it the fifth most valuable team in the world.
Meanwhile, Manchester City is worth $1.92 billion, making it the 28th-most valuable sports team in the world, per Forbes.
This will be the second summer in a row that NRG Stadium will have hosted a major international soccer event. Last June, Houston hosted three games of the Copa América Centenario, a nearly month-long international soccer tournament held in 10 different cities across the U.S.
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