Basque derby set for United States

Athletic Club Bilbao and Real Sociedad look set to play a Basque derby in the United States next summer, according to Marca.

The Basque-themed Jaialdi festivities are set to take place in Boise (Idaho) next summer, and the clubs have plans to hold a match in the States to mark the event.

The report says that Athletic have drawn up an agreement to return to the United States in July and participate in one or two friendly matches.

The report continues to say that the presence of Athletic Club in the Jaialdi 2020 is taken for granted and only other arrangements outside of their control could prevent such an outcome.

It is also claimed that Athletic Club’s women’s team will participate in matches in the States to mark the event, while La Real are also said to be open to the idea.

La Liga and its clubs have become increasingly aware of the marketing and commercial opportunities in the US in recent years, with the league even making attempts to stage top-flight matches in the nation.

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