The GlorifiedFriendlyLiga, aka SuperLiga, schedule was confirmed today. The four MLS teams that have long been expected to participate were joined by four Mexican clubs - one of which was a bit of a surprise.
Group A will consist of MLS sides DC United and Houston Dynamo and will be joined by Chivas de Guadalajara and Atlante. Group B will feature Chivas USA and New England as well as Pachuca and Santos Laguna.
I'll post times and dates below, but this slate of games is a bit appealing. It will be good to see Chivas USA in action against Pachuca and Santos Laguna and the match against New England is scheduled at a location to be determined, which might possibly mean it could be a doubleheader with Barcelona that has been rumored.
Still, I feel the same now as I did last year when the tournament was announced and after it was all over - it's a made-for-money tournament. Organizers know that fans will play money to see Chivas and Pachuca and Mexican teams and MLS clubs competing against international clubs is something many MLS fans want to see. There was a $1 million purse in last year's final and while the tournament winner will get that and a trophy, you can't buy prestige. A prestigious tournament this is not. Entertaining, possibly. Interesting, perhaps. But that's about it.
Here's the schedule (all times Pacific):
Saturday, July 12
D.C. United vs. CD Guadalajara (RFK Stadium – Washington D.C.) 5:00
Houston Dynamo vs. Atlante (Robertson Stadium – Houston, TX) 7:00
Sunday, July 13
NE Revolution vs. Santos (Gillette Stadium – Foxborough, MA) 5:00
Chivas USA vs. Pachuca CF (Home Depot Center – Carson, CA) 7:00
Tuesday, July 15
D.C. United vs. Atlante (RFK Stadium – Washington D.C.) 5:00
Houston Dynamo vs. CD Guadalajara (Robertson Stadium – Houston, TX) 7:00
Wednesday, July 16
NE Revolution vs. Pachuca CF (Gillette Stadium – Foxborough, MA) 5:00
Chivas USA vs. Santos (Home Depot Center – Carson, CA) 7:00
Saturday, July 19
D.C. United vs. Houston Dynamo (RFK Stadium – Washington D.C.) 5:00
Atlante vs. CD Guadalajara (Location TBD) 7:00
Sunday, July 20
Chivas USA vs. NE Revolution (Venue TBD – Los Angeles, CA) 5:00
Santos vs. Pachuca CF (Location TBD) 7:00
Tuesday, July 29
Semifinal 1 (Location TBD)
Wednesday, July 30
Semifinal 2 (Location TBD)
Tuesday, August 5
Final (Location TBD)