The Women’s International Champions Cup lineup has been announced, with the Portland Thorns set to host C.F. Monterrey, Chelsea FC and Olympique Lyonnais in the August tournament at Providence Park.
Each of the participating teams has won a title in the last year.
Lyon won the UEFA Women’s Champions League title in May and clinched France’s Division 1 Féminine title earlier this month, while Chelsea won the FA Women’s Super League title and the FA Cup title in May.
Monterrey took home the Liga MX Femenil Apertura title last December, and the Thorns won the 2021 NWSL Shield and Challenge Cup.
The Washington Spirit, the reigning NWSL champions, originally were slated to appear in the tournament but withdrew due to scheduling concerns and were replaced by Monterrey.
“After internal discussion, we have decided to withdraw,” the Spirit said last Friday. “This will allow our team a brief period to rest ahead of the final third of the regular season. The ICC tournament gathers some of the greatest teams in the world and we are honored to have been considered.”
The Thorns are the defending champions of the WICC, having defeated Lyon in a 1-0 victory last summer. Lyon won the tournament in 2019.
Ada Hegerberg will return to the tournament with Lyon after missing last season with an injury. Sam Kerr and Chelsea will make their WICC debut, as will Monterrey.
The tournament will take place August 17-20. Sports media company Relevent Sports Group operates the competition.
“Each year the WICC competition grows as the world’s top players circle their calendars for the chance to be crowned the best club in the world,” RSG CEO Daniel Sillman said in a statement. “We are honored to be hosting the stars of the game on the biggest stage and we hope to inspire the next generation of girls and boys to compete in the world’s game.”