Chicago Sun-Times: It's not the Games, but...
Mayor Richard Daley called the Chicago Trophy tournament "further evidence that Chicago is becoming a great international sports town." He may have added that it is also proof that the city is becoming a great destination for international investment, as the tournament will be organized by Platinum One, and Irish sports management agency, and the lead sponsor is Shelbourne Development, who recently had their revised $2 billion plan for a 150-story Chicago Spire along the lakefront approved by the City Council.
Platinum One chairman Fintan Drury said the Chicago Trophy was inspired by the desire to bring a great summer soccer tournament to North America "to rival the best in Europe and in Asia."
The inaugural Chicago Trophy will feature Sevilla FC of Spain, Club Deportivo Toluca of Mexico, and Wisla Krakow of Poland, as well as a yet to be named Italian club. Each team will play two matches, earning three points for a win, one for a draw and bonus points for goals scored. It will be hosted July 27 & 29 at Soldier Field and tickets are priced at $45, $65 and $80, and one ticket will give fans the ability to watch a double-header.