World Cup 2026 chief calls for Premier League and European games to be staged in America after Man United’s New Jersey friendly with Arsenal
- America would be open to English clubs playing Premier League games there
- It comes after MetLife Stadium was a sell-out for United’s friendly with Arsenal
- The FA resisted attempts by the Premier League to stage a 39th game abroad
America would open its arms to English clubs playing Premier League or European games there, a senior figure involved in the 2026 World Cup has claimed.
The FA have resisted attempts by the Premier League to stage a 39th game abroad. But Governor Murphy said: ‘We would die to have a real competitive game anywhere in America. To have a Champions League game in New York/New Jersey, it would be overwhelming.
‘I know the clubs have not been wild about that in Europe. But I would assume that United and Arsenal view this as a good brand: putting your best players out there, 82,000 fans in New York/New Jersey.
‘You would have Barcelona playing Real Madrid in New Jersey at some point in a regular season or in a Champions League game. I’d love to think it would happen.’
America would be open to English clubs playing Premier League or European games there
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy (above) has urged English football to consider the option
The MetLife Stadium was an 82,000 sell-out for Manchester United’s friendly against Arsenal