Fans of the beautiful game, otherwise known as soccer, will witness a major international treat this summer.
Everton FC, one of the best in the English Premier League and River Plate, a giant in Argentinean soccer, will go toe-to-toe at the Commonwealth Stadium on July 25, officials from Alberta Soccer Association (ASA) and Canadian Major Indoor Soccer League (CMISL) announced yesterday.
CMISL president Mel Kowalchuk, who has been working tirelessly to secure some of the biggest names in European soccer, said organizing the friendly was a long time coming, given Edmonton’s somewhat modest profile in international soccer.
Everton FC advanced to the FA Cup Final by defeating Manchester United. Everton’s Louis Saha scored the fastest goal in FA Cup final history — just 25 seconds into the match.
River Plate has been ranked as the best football club in the world six times in the monthly IFFHS club world ranking and has been one of the most prominent teams in South America.