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U.S., Mexico teams compete for Superliga title this summer.

(Saturday, January 13, 2007) -- The rivalry between United States and Mexico soccer will take center stage this summer with the new Superliga.

The event, which will include four Major League Soccer teams and four clubs from Mexico, will be competed in two four-team groups with the top two finishers in each group advancing to semifinals, leading to a August 29 title match. Play commences July 24.

The MLS squads will be four-time league champion D.C. United, two-time titlist Los Angeles Galaxy, defending champ Houston Dynamo (which won two crowns as the San Jose Earthquakes) and FC Dallas. The Mexican sides will be 10-time Primera Division champion Club América, current champ Club Deportivo Guadalajara, Copa Sudamericana champion Pachuca and Monarcas Morelia.

A $1 million prize has been set for the winning club.

"It's always been something that we've watched around the world in admiration, when all the best teams from around the world get together and play each other," Galaxy midfielder Pete Vagenas said. "You always wonder who is the champion of North America and I think this tournament provides that."

Though the first edition of SuperLiga was set up by invitation to specific teams, qualification will determine future participation in the tournament. "Next year, it will be a qualifying process that will be balanced," MLS commissioner Don Garber said. "That's going to be an incentive for them to play harder and make every regular-season game count, because they've got to win those games to reach what will be a very valuable tournament."

The Superliga might gain international attention should newly-signed midfielder David Beckham be available to the Galaxy. L.A. plays its three group matches between July 24 and July 29 with Beckham scheduled to arrive around August 1. Should the Galaxy advance to the semifinals or should Beckham arrive early given Real Madrid coach Fabio Capello's announcement today that he will not play the former England captain in future matches, the world's media would probably descend on the event.

"I think North America is a real soccer continent, though overseas, they don't look at us that way," Garber said. "These events, and player signings like David Beckham, and our new stadiums, are part of the process to be able to stand toe-to-toe with the rest of the world in this great sport."

This is the schedule for the 2007 Superliga (all times Eastern):

Group A: CD Guadalajara, FC Dallas, Los Angeles Galaxy, CF Pachuca.

Group B Club América, D.C. United, Houston Dynamo, Monarcas Morelia.

Tuesday, July 24
FC Dallas vs. Pachuca (Pizza Hut Park, Frisco, Texas), 9 p.m.
Los Angeles Galaxy vs. CD Guadalajara (Home Depot Center, Carson, Calif.) 11 p.m.

Wednesday, July 25
D.C. United vs. Monarcas Morelia (RFK Stadium in Washington D.C.), 8 p.m.
Houston Dynamo vs. Club América (Robertson Stadium in Houston) 10 p.m.

Saturday, July 28
FC Dallas vs. CD Guadalajara (Pizza Hut Park), 8 p.m.
Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Pachuca (site to be determined) 10 p.m.

Sunday, July 29
D.C. United vs. Club América (RFK Stadium) 8 p.m.
Houston Dynamo vs. Morelia (Robertson Stadium) 10:00 p.m.

Tuesday, July 31
FC Dallas vs. Los Angeles Galaxy (Pizza Hut Park) 8:00 p.m.
CD Guadalajara vs. Pachuca (Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Denver), 10 p.m.

Wednesday, August 1
D.C. United vs. Houston Dynamo (RFK Stadium) 8 p.m.
Club América vs. Morelia (Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill.) 10 p.m.

Tuesday, August 14
Semifinal at site and time to be determined

Wednesday, August 15
Semifinal at site and time to be determined

Wednesday, August 29
Semifinal at site and time to be determined

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