Beckham to take on Mexicans in SuperLiga

January 14, 2007

David Beckham's LA Galaxy debut could coincide with the launch of the SuperLiga, a new continental tournament pitching Major League Soccer (MLS) teams against Mexican opposition.

The tournament kicks off in late July and, if Beckham remains with Real Madrid until his contract expires at the end of the June, the former England captain could make his bow for Galaxy against Guadalajara in Los Angeles on July 24.

There has been speculation that Beckham will move to Los Angeles early after Real boss Fabio Capello announced on Saturday that he would not play for the Spanish giants again, but Beckham insists he is committed to seeing out his contract.

The new SuperLiga competition will feature four MLS teams - including Galaxy - and four Mexican Primera Division clubs playing in two groups, with the top two in each advancing to the knockout stages.

Total prize money is US 1 million, the largest sum available in a North American club competition.

'SuperLiga will be the most important soccer tournament in United States history,' said MLS commissioner Don Garber. 'We're lucky to have it.'