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).
Andrew Das of the New York Times is reporting that the International Champions Cup, the brainchild of Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross and Relevent Sports executive chairman Charlie Stillitano, will be adding a four-team Women’s International Champions Cup competition this summer. In addition, all the games featuring top-flight women’s clubs will take place in South Florida, with a final at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens.
(UPDATE: Matt Higgins of RSE Ventures confirmed to Magic City Soccer that all games will take place at Hard Rock.)
Stephen Ross may yet have his soccer team, just not quite the Major League Soccer outfit he may have imagined.
According to Corriere dello Sport – Stadio, one of Italy’s major sports newspapers, Ross has inquired about the ownership of legendary Serie A club AC Milan.