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Don Garber: MLS wants to set up Anglo-American cup tournament with Premier League



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Well, this is very interesting.

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Speaking at the Soccerex conference in Manchester, England on Wednesday, the commissioner of Major League Soccer, Don Garber, has revealed that he wants to set up a competition between the two best teams in MLS and the Premier League.

Here’s what Garber had to say about setting up an Anglo-American cup in years to come.

“We have been talking to the Premier League,” Garber said. “I would love to find a way that we could play our cup champion and our league champion against an FA Cup and league champion in a tournament and play it in New York City every year.

“I would love to do that. If not every year, then every four years because I know they have other places that they want to go to grow their brands.

“That is not necessarily something we have talked to them about. This concept of super cups involving the MLS – whether it’s one with Mexico or one with some of the other leagues – would be smart.

However, it is believed that the PL and its Chief Executive may not be too keen on the idea as things stand.

Garber also spoke about the growth of MLS internationally, stating that the recent LA Galaxy vs. New York City match was watched by more people overseas than in the U.S. as glitzy stars such as Kaka, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, David Villa and Andrea Pirlo have flocked to North America’s top-flight for the 2015 season.

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I don’t know about you, but I can see an Anglo-American cup taking off. Especially with the popularity of the PL continuing to grow in the U.S. and vice versa for MLS in the UK.

If this concept works out, then lets take last season for example. That would mean Arsenal and Chelsea would represent England and the LA Galaxy and Seattle Sounders would represent MLS in a four-team tournament in NYC. Pretty cool, huh?

Whether or not it gets off the ground is certainly a stretch, but it would be a cool concept and follow in the footsteps of competitions such as the Anglo-Italian cups in the past.

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