Marlon Harewood and Kyel Reid were on target, but West Ham United's The Soccer Tournament (TST) opener against Far East United ended in a 4-2 defeat.
Taking place for the first time in 2023 at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina, TST aims to become the defining world championship for 7v7 soccer, in an annual, highly-intense format that follows the World Cup structure, pitting 32 teams against each other in groups on 1-2 June before moving into the knockout stages on 3-4 June.
West Ham have been drawn in Group D alongside Culture by Mo Ali FC, Dallas United and Far East United.
Our remaining fixtures are as follows:
- West Ham United v Dallas United, Thursday 1 June, 6.30pm EDT (11.30pm BST)
- West Ham United v Culture By Mo Ali FC, Friday 2 June, 10.30am EDT (3.30pm BST)
Managed by Apprentice and Celebrity MasterChef star, TV personality and Hammers supporter Tom Skinner, the Irons will be represented by West Ham legends Carlton Cole, Harewood, Anton Ferdinand, Hayden Mullins, Jack Collison, Ricardo Vaz Tê, Luis Boa Morte, Jimmy Walker, Matt Jarvis, Elliot Ward, David Martin, Reid, Tyrone Mears, Frank Nouble and Zavon Hines. Academy graduates Archie Woods and Keenan Forson are also included alongside Harry Potter actor and West Ham fan Hero Fiennes Tiffin.
If you are in the United States of America, you can watch the games on NBCUniversal's Peacock streaming platform.