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MLS-Liga MX Leagues Cup poised to expand to 32 teams

The Leagues Cup – a new mid-season competition featuring teams from Major League Soccer and Mexico’s Liga MX – could grow to 32 teams by 2021 or 2022, according to ESPN.

The final of the inaugural eight-team tournament takes place tonight (Wednesday, September 18) between Liga MX teams Cruz Azul and Tigres UANL at the Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada.

It has already been announced that the Leagues Cup will grow to 16 teams in 2020 but there are already plans to expand the competition further – including games in Mexico – as Liga MX and MLS look to further cement their burgeoning relationship.

This includes the long-term prospect of a joint MLS-Liga MX league. In the medium term, this could take the form of competitive inter-league play, as adopted by American League and National League teams in Major League Baseball.

“Everything is possible in this world,” Liga MX president Enrique Bonilla told ESPN.

The United States, Mexico and Canada will jointly host the Fifa World Cup in 2026.