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The 2019 edition of the International Champions Cup, at its best, is providing matchups worthy of the Champions League but in a de facto preseason format. On Tuesday, two big European clubs coming off disappointing seasons (by their standards) will continue their tune up in the ICC.
Real Madrid is “on the mend” with some new signings, most notably Belgian international and former Chelsea fixture Eden Hazard, although rumors are swirling about a major departure that will change the squad considerably. Arsenal, who lost to Hazard’s Chelsea team in the Europa League final to miss out on a last chance at the Champions League, is having an excellent ICC so far, though one of its best players may be on his farewell tour in red and white.
Here’s everything you need to know to watch Real Madrid vs. Arsenal at the 2019 International Champions Cup.
Real Madrid vs. Arsenal
- When: 7pm ET, Tuesday, July 23
- Where: FedExField in Landover, Maryland
- Streaming: ESPN, ESPN Deportes
2019 International Champions Cup live stream: Watch Real Madrid vs. Arsenal online
The match is on both ESPN and ESPN Deportes. With a one-week free trial via all the services listed below, it provides an easy way to stream Real Madrid vs. Arsenal and other International Champions Cup matches.
1) Sling TV
- Sling TV pricing: $25-$40 per month (40% off first month)
- Sling TV devices: Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV, Roku, Xbox One, Google Chromecast, Oculus Go, Microsoft Edge, and iOS and Android devices
- Sling TV local channels: NBC, Fox (check your local availability here)
Sling TV provides two base channel package options, each priced at $25 per month. Sling Orange includes three ESPN channels for International Champions Cup viewing, while Sling Blue includes sports channels like NFL Network, FS1 and FS2, NBCSN, and local channels. If you’re Team “Why Not Both,” Sling Orange + Blue combines the two for just $40 per month. To add beIN SPORTS and maximize your soccer-watching potential, you’ll want to add either Sports Extra: Sling Orange ($5 per month) or Sports Extra: Sling Blue ($10 per month). (The latter also includes NFL RedZone.)
Spanish-speaking viewers have quite a few options. For bilingual families, you might consider the Español: Best of Spanish TV package for either Sling Orange or Sling Blue for 24/7 specialty channel LaLiga TV and beIN SPORTS Connect: Channels 4-9, which features matches from LaLiga, Ligue 1, and Copa del Rey, among others. Both packages cost $5 per month after your free trial. Sling TV Latino is another Spanish-language package for $10 per month, including NBC Universo, History en Español, and—of import to soccer fans—four beIN SPORTS channels. (And choosing Sling TV Latino + Sling Orange for $30 per month gives you access to ESPN Deportes.) For more information, check out our guide to Sling TV channels and our Sling TV review.
- Cost: $44.99-$79.99 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- PlayStation Vue devices: PlayStation 3 and 4, Roku, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Google Chromecast, Kodi, iOS and Android devices
- PlayStation Vue local channels: NBC, Fox, ABC, CBS (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
PlayStation Vue is a fantastic option for soccer fans who already own a PlayStation console, but this streaming platform is available on a variety of devices. ESPN and ESPN2, where you’ll find ICC matches, and FS1, where you’ll find even more soccer, are part of the Core package of channels, which offers soccer and other sports programming, and the options increase at the Elite and Ultra levels.
- Cost: $44.99 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- Hulu devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, and iOS and Android devices
- Hulu local channels: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, the CW (check your local availability here)
Hulu with Live TV includes sports programming among its offerings, including ICC matches on ESPN networks, and as a subscriber to the service, you’ll get free access to Hulu’s sizable on-demand library. (Check out the full list of Hulu Live TV channels.)
4) YouTube TV
- Cost: $50 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- YouTube TV devices: Google Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Xbox One, iOS and Android devices
- YouTube TV local channels: NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
YouTube TV is a great option for soccer fans, including ESPN, FS1, broadcasting partnerships with three MLS teams, TNT for Champions League matches and NBCSN for Premier League matches. (Take a look at the full list of YouTube TV channels here.)
Real Madrid vs. Arsenal at the International Champions Cup: Why it matters
For Arsenal, it matters because the Gunners are actually winning the tournament. While the parameters are a bit random for an international tournament—play the three teams you’re drawn against, win, and aim for a good goal differential, with no playoffs progressing to a final—Arsenal’s done well in its first two matches against Bayern Munich and Fiorentina, racking up a +4 goal differential in large part due to 20-year-old sensation Eddie Nketiah. Mesut Ozil, who missed Arsenal’s 2014 American tour resting after Germany’s World Cup win, is on the tour even as there are rumors about him moving to Turkey, following what appeared to be a frictive season with new manager Unai Emery.
Real Madrid, meanwhile, lost its ICC opener 3-1 to Bayern, though Hazard, fresh off his move from Chelsea, showed he fit in with Los Blancos on his debut. Perhaps the most talked-about Real player this week, however, is Gareth Bale, who didn’t play Saturday and likely won’t play again Tuesday due to the team working on his transfer out of the squad. Will he end up in China? Back in England? Shocking everyone by staying behind after the ICC to join an MLS squad? Whatever it might be, the saga could impact the players’ mood as they battle their fellow Emirates Airlines-sponsored team near the nation’s capital.
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Phil West is a sports reporter and the author of two books on soccer, ‘The United States of Soccer,’ and ‘I Believe That We Will Win,’ both from The Overlook Press. His work has appeared most recently in MLSSoccer.com, Pro Soccer USA, Texas Highways, and Howler. Based in Austin, he is also a lecturer in the Writing Program at the University of Texas at San Antonio.