The players don’t want it, but La Liga believes a match of theirs will take place in the United States this season. And as of right now, the plan is Girona versus… Barcelona. The Spanish league has to make money on this; of course they’re going to bring one of their giants to the states.
But again, the players do not want this. Doesn’t that seem kind of important? Regardless, Charlie Stillitano — executive chairman of Relevent media company — still thinks it will happen.
“I’m not certain but I’m optimistic,” he told ESPN FC’s Adriana Garcia. Right now, they’re aiming for January 27, 2019.
“We have every desire to do it and La Liga has given us every indication that they want to do it. We are trying to be respectful to everyone involved. We’re confident that it can happen and we are just taking a wait-and-see attitude because they have to get all the permissions from the league side first before we can do anything.”
When this news broke last month, the players were threatening the possibility of a strike.
“The players are outraged, very surprised and are all against it. It’s unanimous,” Spanish Footballers’ Association President David Aganzo said via ESPN’s Adriana Garcia.
He didn’t stop there, though.
“The players don’t want to play overseas.”
That’s the long and short of it. That said, multiple La Liga teams reportedly want a chance to play in the U.S. They apparently think it’s important to showcase themselves in the North American market. Huh, that’s got to make Major League Soccer feel good. In either case, it looks like a La Liga match is happening in the U.S. at some point.
Whether or not everybody wants it.