Could Philly host another World Football Challenge match?

Posted: April 24, 2012

The Eagles and Union are planning to announce a major soccer event will return to Lincoln Financial Field this summer.

What's unsure is if the blockbuster contest will be part of the annual World Football Challenge set to return to the United States in July.

Debuting in 2009, the WFC is a tournament between some of the world's best teams competing against each other and MLS franchises across the country. Last year, the Union hosted Real Madrid at the Linc in a WFC match.

On Tuesday, MLS, in conjunction with CAA Sports and Soccer United Marketing, announced that English Premier League club Chelsea will play MLS' Seattle Sounders on July 18. Also announced Tuesday was that Liverpool and MLS' Toronto FC will clash in Toronto on July 21. Both those games will be part of the WFC.

Chelsea is also the opponent for the MLS All-Stars on July 25 at PPL Park.

The group hopes to add additional clubs and matches to the schedule.

"Philadelphia has been a wonderful venue in the past and we always take Philly into consideration when planning our events," MLS communications spokeswoman Marisabel Munoz said.

Also, MLS formally announced a one-game suspension for Union manager Peter Nowak after he was ejected from Saturday's win at Chivas USA. Nowak does not intend to appeal the suspension. The league has yet to announce whether there will be additional penalties or fines.

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