Organizers are planning an exhibition soccer game between Liverpool FC and AS Roma at Fenway Park this summer, according sources interviewed by Boston.com.
The match would be part of United States tours for both teams, the first since controlling interest in the clubs was purchased by Boston-based investors.
Liverpool, founded in 1891, was purchased in 2010 by Fenway Sports Group, headed by Red Sox owner John Henry (NBA star LeBron James is also an investor). AS Roma, founded in 1927, was taken over last year by a group that includes Red Sox minority owner Thomas DiBenedetto and Celtics part-owner James Pallotta.
The game would be part of a tournament involving Chelsea FC and, possibly, Celtic FC. Matches will also be held in Chicago (Comiskey Park or Wrigley Field) and New York (Yankee Stadium).
Dates have not been set. Liverpool has tentatively made reservations to be in the Boston area from June 20 through July 4.
“Throughout its 100-year history, Fenway Park has seen some of the best in athletic competition,’’ Fenway Sports Management president Sam Kennedy said yesterday. “And while we are exploring the possibility of hosting a Liverpool match – which certainly rises to that level – nothing has been finalized.’’
This would mark a rematch of the 1984 Champions Cup final, Liverpool defeating Roma on penalty kicks at Rome’s Stadio Olimpico. That victory was the fourth of Liverpool’s five European championships and Roma’s only appearance in the final. Liverpool has won 18 English League championships, the first in 1901 and most recent in 1990.