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Gladbach, maybe Boca Juniors, headed to USA
by Ridge Mahoney, April 23rd, 2008 6:45AM
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[MLS] The first tangible result of a marketing partnership announced between MLS and the German Bundesliga last year has come to light.Borussia Moenchengladbach, which has won the league title five times and is leading the second division in its bid to earn promotion, will train for 10 days in the United States this summer and according to Associated Press is to play Colorado and FC Dallas during its visit.

Its summer stint is to begin July 13, about a month prior to the opening of the Bundesliga season. Moenchengladbach, with goalkeeper Kasey Keller then on its roster, finished last in the Bundesliga last year with a 6-20-8 (W-L-T) record and was relegated but is atop 2. Bundesliga with five games to play.

In the last two decades, several Bundesliga clubs, including Bayer Leverkusen, have trained in Florida during the winter break, but a one-game visit by Bayern Munich a few years ago during the heyday of the Champions' World promotions was a rare summer appearance.

BOCA ON THE WAY? Several news outlets have reported that Argentine powerhouse Boca Juniors will visit the United States for the second straight summer, with no details as to whether Boca will play MLS teams or foreign foes or a mixture of both.

Last summer, Real Salt Lake hosted Everton and Boca at Rice-Eccles four days apart in July, about a month a after Boca won the Libertadores Cup. RSL has set a Aug. 9 date this summer to play Real Madrid, a repeat of their meeting in 2006. Last year, RSL tied Boca, 1-1, with a Freddy Adu penalty kick.

The Soccer Insider blog produced by the one and only Steve Goff of the Washington Post reports that a suitable date couldn't be worked out for D.C. to play Boca at RFK, which wouldn't necessarily preclude Boca facing another team there. However, there could be conflicts with SuperLiga, which starts in mid-July and runs until Aug. 6. The Argentine season ends in early June.

A match in the Los Angeles Coliseum against Club America has been suggested and there reportedly have been inquiries regarding games in Toronto, Miami, New Jersey, and Chicago.

In December, Boca reached the final of the 2007 World Club Championship, which it lost, 4-2, to AC Milan.



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