When the Women’s International Champions Cup takes place in the City of Roses this summer, two of the biggest names in European women’s soccer will be joining.
Along with the Portland Thorns and Houston Dash of the National Women’s Soccer League, Olympique Lyonnais and FC Barcelona will also participate in tournament, as reported by Steven Goff of the Washington Post.
All four teams are titleholders. Olympique Lyonnais is competing for its 15th-straight French first division title and sixth-consecutive UEFA Women’s Champions League Trophy. As for Barcelona, it was a Champions League Finalist in 2019.
Houston is coming off a win in the NWSL Challenge Cup last summer and Portland finished 3-0-1 in the NWSL Fall Series to win the 2020 Verizon Community Shield.
The Cup will be held Aug. 18-21 at Providence Park after a year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic in 2020. It’s unclear how many spectators will be allowed to attend the event.
The Thorns will be the first major professional team to hold a game with fans in Portland in over a year. Multnomah County moved into the high-risk category on Friday morning, meaning Providence Field can hold a max of 15 percent capacity.
The Thorns were initially expecting a capacity of around 6,300 fans, or 25 percent capacity, at Providence Park when they host KC NWSL in their first competitive fixture for the 2021 Challenge Cup on Friday night.