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There Could Soon Be A New Tournament Between The MLS And Premier League

An Anglo-American football competition could be on the horizon.

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It would see the winner of the Premier League, the winner of the FA Cup, the winner of the MLS, and the winner of the US Open Cup battle it out for an Anglo-American Cup.

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The competition would most likely take place in a league format, perhaps with the top two teams taking each other on in a cup final.

The tournament could take place during the summer period, during which time Premier League clubs don't have other competitive fixtures to fulfil.

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English clubs often venture to the US for off-season friendlies during the summer, and "friendly tournaments" have become common place.

But there has never been a regular, competitive, official Anglo-American tournament in the MLS or Premier League era.

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MLS commissioner Don Garber is keen on the idea, having seen US crowds turn out in large numbers to see European clubs on pre-season tours of America.

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"We have been talking to the Premier League about doing some sort of official competition – as opposed to just having clubs come over to the country on a random basis – playing in a tournament that takes place every summer," Garber told PA.

"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."

Despite enthusiasm from the MLS, and despite both parties having been involved in talks, there are no official plans yet.

Don Garber revealed:

Overall there is no doubt that there are opportunities for the MLS and Premier League to work more closely together on either a tournament or some other type of activity, but that is about as far as it has gone.

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