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Spanish league plan for game in US chided by players' group

A regular-season Spanish league game is coming to the United States, possibly as early as this season, with Real Madrid or Barcelona potentially involved but unlikely to be playing each other.

The league said Thursday it is planning to play a match across the Atlantic as part of a new 15-year partnership with sports and entertainment group Relevent to promote soccer in North America, a move that could boost La Liga's image abroad but which also sparked criticism from Spain's players' association.

U.S. Soccer, which would have to approve any foreign league playing matches on its territory, discussed the approach from Spain around a board meeting on Thursday. FIFA would have the final say on domestic competitions playing matches in another country.