Ligue 1 is looking to expand its reach and seek new business opportunities in the United States by hosting a four-team, preseason friendly tournament at Audi Field this summer.
According to L’Equipe, Olympique de Marseille, Saint-Etienne, Bordeaux and Montpellier will play at the home of Major League Soccer team DC United from July 15-22. The tour is sponsored by American video game company Electronic Arts.
Marseille and Bordeaux are both owned by Americans. Former LA Dodgers owner Frank McCourt agreed to purchase Marseille in 2016 while Bordeaux was taken over by investment fund General American Capital Partners last year.
The summer tour is part of Ligue 1 chief executive Didier Quillot’s hunt for new US investors for French clubs to improve the standard of the league.
DC United, meanwhile, has been actively looking to monetize its new $400m (€351m) stadium that opened in July 2018.