French curtain-raiser to be played in Canada

PARIS - The Trophee des Champions between the winners of Ligue 1 and the French Cup will be played in Montreal, Canada on July 26, the French League said on Tuesday. It will be the first time the curtain-raiser to the season is to be played outside France. "Time has come for French soccer to capture new markets," League chairman Frederic Thiriez said in a statement. "Montreal is the best gate to enter the North American market." Ligue 2 side En Avant Guingamp won the French Cup on Saturday (pictured). Olympique Marseille and Girondins Bordeaux are level on points at the top of Ligue 1 with four games to play.