On July 21, Manchester United and the San Jose Earthquakes meet at Avaya Stadium for the latest installment of their International Champions Cup action. United enter this match off the heels of a 1-0 win over Club América, highlighted by a strong performance by Adnan Januzai. The lone goal game from a Morgan Schneiderlin header, five minutes into his preseason debut for the club.
San Jose will look to capture their first points of the tournament in front of a home crowd, as tickets are still available on the secondary market. According to TiqIQ.com, International Champions Cup tickets for this match can be purchased at an average of $118.23, with the price currently trending at 23 percent less than that of last week’s average. Meanwhile, the get-in price for this fixture is $65. Out-of-town Quakes fans looking to take in the action live as their team faces one of the most storied sports franchises in the world can find affordable San Jose flights through Hipmunk.com. In addition, Hipmunk also has a variety of cheap San Jose hotel listings starting at just $69.
The 2015 ICC has gotten off to a slow start for the Quakes, falling to Club América, 2-1, in their first of two matches. This second and final fixture will determine whether they end their campaign without recording a single point. Looking to rebound, a win here could jumpstart a team without captain Chris Wondolowski.
Manchester United appear to be the favorites in this affair to record max points in the second of their four 2015 ICC matches. This match could be an excellent time for coach Louis van Gaal to hand the pairing of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin a start together. The 20-time English Champions seem to be in a state of flux revolving around who will find themselves in holding midfield roles come the beginning of upcoming season.
Others who may be featured in van Gaal’s starting eleven include summer signings Matteo Darmian at right back and Memphis Depay, who started against Club América, on the left wing. Youngster Andreas Pereira, who caught the attention of fans against Club América, may also be given another shot to claim a squad rotation spot.
San Jose will call upon central defender Clarence Goodson to have a stellar performance. Goodson has started in all 16 MLS matches he had appeared in during 2015, scoring once and contributing two assists. In goal, David Bingham will be tested early and often as the 6’2 keeper faces a highly talented Manchester United attack.
United will follow this match by taking on F.C. Barcelona in Santa Clara, CA on July 25. Fans interested in attending this match in Levi’s Stadium will experience higher prices, as the available tickets currently rest around double the price of the July 21 average. Manchester United vs. F.C. Barcelona can be purchased at an average of $250.98 on the secondary market, with the get-in price at $91.
The San Jose Earthquakes currently sit in eighth place of the Western Conference, 8 points behind the Portland Timbers who hold the final MLS playoff spot. Manchester United will begin their season on August 8 against Tottenham Hotspur.