Saturday, July 02, 2005

Tensions rise over US-England promotion

US Major League Soccer club Galaxy has rejected claims by English Premier League club West Bromwich Albion that it had reneged on an agreement to play in Los Angeles later this month.

According to the Los Angeles Times, its all to do with sloppy correspondence:

The Galaxy originally had been negotiating with Everton, which finished fourth in the Premier League and thereby qualified for the European Champions League, but Everton bowed out after receiving a better offer from a club in Asia.

That brought West Bromwich into the picture, but the English club apparently jumped the gun, making its announcement before all the details could be worked out.

And then along came a better offer from Real Madrid.

"It's pretty simple," said Doug Hamilton, the Galaxy's president and general manager. "There is no agreement in place. We were still discussing the possibility of a game."