David Beckham's Los Angeles Galaxy will lead a four-team field for the inaugural Pan-Pacific Championship exhibition tournament at Hawaii in February.
The event also will include Japanese champion Gamba Osaka, the Major League Soccer Cup champion Houston Dynamo and a team from the Australian A-League Final Series.
The tournament will feature a pair of doubleheaders Feb. 20 and Feb. 23, with the first day's winners playing for the title and the losers for third place. Gamba Osaka will open the tournament against the Galaxy, with Houston facing the Australian team. "Honolulu was selected as the host not only for its geographical location in the center of the Pan-Pacific, but also for its community, its terrific infrastructure and its history of hosting top international sporting events," said Doug Quinn, president of Soccer United Marketing.
The event is MLS' latest attempt to schedule matches against foreign opposition, joining the SuperLiga against Mexican opponents. The Galaxy, which finished with the third-worst record in MLS this past season, is in New Zealand for the second match of the its tour Down Under. The team played a friendly before a crowd of 80,000 Monday night against Sydney FC and faces Wellington Phoenix FC on Saturday.
"It's great we are going to travel to Hawaii. I've never been there before," Beckham said in a statement. "It's good for the team to start off our preseason playing against quality opposition."
The Australian team to participate will be the club that has been eliminated from the A-League playoffs by the end of the second week of the finals on February 10. The A-League season ends Jan. 20 with playoffs continuing through to the February 24 Grand Final.