Friday, March 09, 2007

Korea's Suwon joins Chelsea, Galaxy in LA series

Three-time South Korean K-League champion Suwon Bluewings, US Major League Soccer club Los Angeles Galaxy two-time English Premier League champions Chelsea FC and Mexican Primera Division club Tigres UANL will play in a self-proclaimed "World Series of Football" this 17 and 21 July at The Home Depot Center in Carson, California, USA. "Matches like this are the next step to providing MLS clubs, in particular the Galaxy, credibility throughout the world and proof that US soccer can compete against the best clubs," said AEG President and CEO Tim Leiweke.

Each team will play a pair of games during the tournament. In addition to playing the Galaxy, Chelsea and Tigres will both face Suwon. Chelsea and Tigres will not face each other, nor will the Galaxy and Suwon. The teams will be awarded three points for a win and one point for a draw. The team with the most points after two games will be declared the champion, and in the event of a tie, the winner will be determined first by goal differential, then goals scored, and then goals allowed, with a coin flip being the last option.

The World Series of Football was first staged in 2005 and included Chelsea, AC Milan, D.C. United and the Chicago Fire. A year ago, Chelsea came to the United States for preseason training and to play the best of MLS in the 2006 Sierra Mist MLS All-Star Game, falling 1-0 in that tilt.

AEG and Chelsea entered into a partnership in March 2006. The alliance includes programs related to and exchanges involving young players, coaching and medicine. The agreement also dictates extensive involvement from Chelsea in the sport in the United States at both the grassroots and professional levels.

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