Three months ago, it appeared La Liga and Relevent Sports would be bringing one of the biggest soccer events in South Florida history to Hard Rock Stadium in January. But today, FC Barcelona announced it would not be participating in a game with Girona FC next month, dealing a significant blow to the league’s hopes of playing outside Spain.
In a tectonic shift for the world of international soccer, LaLiga announced Thursday morning that it intends to bring league matches to North America as part of “LaLiga North America,” a partnership between the league and the Miami-based Relevant Sports. While no announcements of specific cities has been made, it’s virtually a certainty that Miami will host some of these games.
Hard Rock Stadium announced Monday afternoon that Colombia and Venezuela’s national teams will square off at the stadium on Sept. 7.
South American rivals Colombia and Venezuela will meet at Hard Rock Stadium on September 7th!
— Hard Rock Stadium (@HardRockStadium) June 11, 2018
CMN Sports and Relevent Sports are partnering to arrange the game. Relevant Sports is part-owned by Miami Dolphins and Hard Rock Stadium owner Stephen Ross.
Earlier this year, there were reports that Colombia would be facing off against the United States. It’s uncertain how this game may affect negotiations for that game.
Colombia and Venezuela last played each other in World Cup Qualifying on Aug. 31, 2017 (a 0-0 draw). The two squads last played in a friendly on Sept. 3, 2010 (Colombia won, 2-0).