The Premier League and the MLS are talking to see if they can strike up a deal for an Anglo-American Cup that would feature the league and FA Cup winners.
Major League Soccer is celebrating 20 years and the profile of the league has risen dramatically in the last decade with some big name signings. The Premier League is the most watched soccer league on the planet, and many of the clubs have strong followings in the United States.
Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham are just a few of the clubs that have had preseason tours in the U.S. in recent years, and the new tournament would cement a bond between the two nations. Leading the talks for the MLS is commissioner Don Garber.
“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 The Daily Mail. “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. If not every year, then every four years.
“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.
“And many years ago they used to take place before MLS was in existence. It was called the Toyota Cup. That took place around the world.
“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.”