Your Guide to This Summer's Friendlies

There are few things better than the summer friendly. To be honest, competitive soccer is entirely better. But for those of us who can’t afford to catch European soccer in the flesh August through May have but few choices here in North America. Fortunately, European giants, minnows, mid-tablers, and even non-league, fifth division minnows will grace our continent in the coming months.

You’ll be through Copa America and the Euros by this time. It’s going to be a painful withdrawal. Get your fix somewhere in the continental US. Regardless of your feelings on summer friendlies (midseason friendlies to MLS), this should sate most appetites before most European leagues kick off in August. It’s time to see whose B- side can beat an A or C+ USL, NASL, or MLS side. The real upside is that it will be perfectly acceptable to drunkenly belt out your favorite European club’s songs in a fake European accent amongst many other strangers doing the same. The only widespread European experience we have in the US are the Olive Garden and Game of Thrones, so we’ll take a cheap, superficial North American version.

To field this question ahead of time: FOX is the broadcasting partner for the International Champions Cup. For all other games, live internet streams or local stations may be your best bet.

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