x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Wasl considering invitation to US

Diego Maradona's allure has resulted in Al Wasl receiving an invitation to play in a competition in the United States next year that could see them become the first Arab club to compete in the country.

Diego Maradona's allure has resulted in Al Wasl receiving an invitation to play in a competition in the United States next year that could see them become the first Arab club to compete in the country.

The Argentine's capture last month has certainly been a boon for the Dubai-based side's international profile and club officials received an offer earlier this week to participate in the tournament to be held in Detroit, Michigan, between February 4-12. The club's hierarchy are mulling the proposal - the eight-day tournament is being conducted in the middle of the Pro League season - before a decision is made on whether to accept.

Dinamo Bucharest, the Romanian club, have already confirmed their involvement.

The US is a popular destination for pre-season matches among several European clubs.

Barcelona, Manchester United and Glasgow Celtic are regular visitors as they fine-tune their preparations before the start of their domestic seasons. However, Maradona's arrival has undoubtedly heightened expectations for next season with qualification for the 2012/13 Asian Champions League a priority. Wasl missed out this term following a limp 2-0 defeat at home to Sharjah in the final game of the season.

Wasl officials may decide a sojourn to the US would be an unnecessary distraction.