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MLS, Liga MX join forces to launch new competition

North America’s Major League Soccer (MLS) and Liga MX, the top tier of Mexican club football, have revealed details of a long-term collaboration that will include launching a new, annual competition featuring teams from both leagues.

The strategic partnership brings together the three nations that form the United 2026 bid for the Fifa World Cup national team tournament at club and league level.

MLS and Liga MX will work together to focus on sharing best practices and social responsibility, as well as launch the new Campeones Cup competition, an annual match that will pit the reigning champions of the two leagues to crown the best club in North America.

This year’s inaugural Campeones Cup will take place at BMO Field, home of reigning MLS champion Toronto FC, on September 19. Toronto FC will represent MLS in the Campeones Cup, while the Liga MX entrant will be decided in July when Apertura champion Tigres UANL meets the yet-to-be-decided Clausura winner in the Campeon de Campeones match.

MLS and Liga MX will also look at other new competitions that could be organised in future years, as well as additional showpiece events, including a commitment for a future MLS All-Star Game to include players from both leagues.

In addition, the Liga MX Under-20 teams will take part in the MLS All-Star Week as the annual opponent in the MLS Homegrown Game.

MLS commissioner Don Garber said: “Major League Soccer is proud to come together with Liga MX for this unprecedented partnership. Together, we have a vision to elevate the popularity of our game to even higher levels in North America.

“We are excited to have the MLS champion take on Liga MX’s top club in the Campeones Cup this year and build further programs in the years to come.”

Liga MX president Enrique Bonilla added: “For Mexican soccer, accepting the invitation to this project is a fantastic opportunity to meet our vital goals with a long-term vision.

“First, it will allow us to grow closer to our fans in the United States and Canada, who are passionate about their Liga MX clubs. Second, it establishes a strategic alliance between the two leagues to exchange experiences and implement best practices throughout both organisations, which will organically assist the growth of soccer in the region.”

The partnership between the leagues will also include a sharing of best business practices and a collaboration around social responsibility efforts to drive positive social change.