All Major League Soccer (MLS) and Liga MX clubs will suspend their seasons in the summer of 2023 to participate in an enlarged League Cup as the North American leagues continue to integrate, officials said on Tuesday. . The Leagues Cup will showcase the sport in the region in the years leading up to the 2026 World Cup in the United States, Canada and Mexico, they said.
“The new Leagues Cup with all MLS and Liga MX clubs participating in an intense month-long tournament will set new standards for what is possible between our two leagues and further introduce our players and clubs to an audience. global, ”MLS said. Commissioner Don Garber. “Since launching three and a half years ago, our partnership with La Liga MX has grown rapidly and the competition has brought out the best of both of us,” he said.
“This is the perfect time to produce a tournament that will raise the profile of CONCACAF and showcase our region’s incredible passion for soccer played at the highest level. In its current configuration, the Leagues Cup sees four MLS teams and four Mexican Liga MX teams play in a knockout tournament.
The Leagues Cup final between the Seattle Sounders of MLS and Club Leon of Liga MX takes place on Wednesday at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. Tuesday’s announcement is the latest in the growing partnership between the leagues.
In June, MLS and Liga MX executive chairman Mikel Arriola told Reuters they were on a path that could see them eventually merging into a single North American league. In August, MLS hosted their coronavirus-delayed All-Star Game in Los Angeles and first played it against the Liga MX All-Star.
The home side beat the visitors in a penalty shoot-out with a game-winning shot from 18-year-old FC Dallas forward Ricardo Pepi.
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