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SJ Earthquakes Begin International Champions Cup Quest Versus Club America

On July 14, the 2015 International Champions Cup visits San Jose, with the Earthquakes squaring off with Club América at Avaya Stadium.  This will be the first match of ICC 2015 for San Jose and the second for Club América, with the match kicking off at 7:35 p.m. PDT.

According to SeatSmart.com, fans can purchase tickets for this match on the secondary market at an average price of $68.56, which is actually trending at 13 percent less than last week’s price.  The game also features a get-in price of $37.

Club América opened ICC 2015 against the Los Angeles Galaxy on July 12. They managed to register the first goal of the match, as Darwin Quintero put one home in the 7th minute, but it wouldn’t be enough. Robbie Keane finished beautifully in the 45th minute for the Galaxy, while Alan Gordon’s 80th-minute header proved to be the difference.

The Liga MX side has won trophies aplenty domestically and internationally, with a total of 16 League Championships at the amateur and professional level.  Founded in 1916, they have risen to the top of Mexican soccer as one of the most well-known and talented clubs, hence why Club America tickets are amongst the most sought after in the league. Last season, they claimed the 2014-15 Apertura and CONCACAF Champions League titles.

Club América will be missing a few key players due to the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. On international duty with Mexico are Oribe Peralta, Paul Aguilar and Moisés Muñoz, while defender Ventura Alvarado is also at the tournament with the United States.

Following this match, they will play against Manchester United in Seattle, Washington on July 17. Their final match pits them against SL Benfica on July 28 in Mexico City, Mexico.

San Jose Earthquakes also has a storied history, which dates back to their founding as a club in 1974.  In 1996, they were one of the ten charter franchises that took part in the inaugural season of Major League Soccer. Named the San Jose Clash when they entered MLS, they reverted to the team’s original name of the Earthquakes before the start of the 2000 season. San Jose went on to win MLS titles in 2001 and 2003, in addition to winning the Supporters’ Shield in 2005 and 2012. Tickets to Earthquakes games have remained consistently popular amongst MLS fans as a result.

They will be without leading scorer Chris Wondolowski for this match, who is currently at the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup with the United States. Wondolowski, MLS MVP in 2012, currently ranks 7th all-time on the MLS scoring record with 102 goals.

The MLS club will play the final match of their 2015 International Champions Cup campaign on July 21. This fixture will be in front of their home crowd at Avaya Stadium, against Premier League giants Manchester United.

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