Published: Thu, August 16, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

La Liga plans to play regular-season matches in US

La Liga plans to play regular-season matches in US

Two of Spain's biggest clubs Barcelona and Real Madrid played against each other in the tournament in Miami previous year.

La Liga has announced plans to hold regular season matches in the United States.

Stephen Ross, who owns Relevent, also owns the Miami Dolphins NFL team.

That potential regular-season game, however, marks an assertive move by the Spanish league to amplify its presence on this side of the Atlantic.

LaLiga president Javier Tebas expressed his hope that the arrangement would "give a major impulse to the popularity of the handsome game in the U.S. and Canada", yet Spain's players' union has reacted angrily to the proposals.

"Relevent has filled stadiums across the USA with the International Champions Cup, we're thrilled to partner with them on a joint mission to grow soccer in North America".

The Premier League has previously discussed plans to play a "39th game" outside England and Wales.

Tebas previous year also talked about the league possibly playing a regular-season match in China, and a few days ago the Spanish Super Cup was held in Tangier, Morocco, marking the first time it was played outside Spain.

Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had earlier reported that Spanish champions Barcelona on Wednesday night, August 15, defeated Boca Juniors 3-0 in their final pre-season game as they won the Joan Gamper Trophy.

"This ground-breaking agreement is certain to give a major impulse to the popularity of the handsome game in the US and Canada".

"This unique relationship will create new opportunities for millions of North American soccer fans to experience the most passionate, exciting, and highest level of soccer in the world", Ross said.

La Liga released an official statement regarding the agreement, stating that "North America has exclusive rights and obligations to represent La Liga across the U.S and Canada in all business and development activities".

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