MLS and Liga MX launch Leagues Cup

Major League Soccer and Mexico’s Liga MX are once again attempting a summer tournament. The Leagues Cup will feature four clubs from each league in an eight-team, single-elimination tournament that launches with quarterfinals on July 23 and 24 at the home stadiums of the MLS clubs.

This new event coincides with several International Champions Cup matches taking place the same dates on US soil. The tournament will operated by Soccer United Marketing (SUM), who will also retain the commercial rights to the tournament. SUM is the marketing arm of MLS.

The competition represents the second competition between MLS and Liga MX sides started in the last two seasons. Last year, the Campeonas Cup debuted in September matching the previous season’s winners of both leagues in a one-off match.

This is the second attempt to create a lasting summer tournament between the two leagues. The Superliga tournament lasted from 2007 to 2010 and similarly had 8 teams, four from each league. That competition, however, feature two four-team groups of round robin play before the semifinal and final rounds.

Concacaf has sanctioned the event and confederation. “Alongside our own expanded regional club competitions, which includes the Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League, the Leagues Cup organized by Liga MX and MLS further strengthens our sport in our Confederation and is a precursor for future collaboration between Concacaf, Liga MX, MLS and other key stakeholders,” said Concacaf President Victor Montagliani.

The Leagues Cup final will be held on Wednesday, September 18 at a US venue to be announced.