A new chapter in North American football will open in 2023 with all clubs from the two biggest leagues, MLS and LIGA MX, participating in the reinvented League Cup: an annual one-month tournament.
The two leagues will observe a one-month summer truce during their season in order to organize the League Cup.
Victor Montaliani, FIFA Vice President and President of CONCACAF, joined MLS Commissioner Don Garber and LIGA MX President Mikel Areola for the landmark announcement made Tuesday at a press conference in New York.
Montaliani, Garber and Areola have announced that the new League Cup will be an official competition leading to the CONCACAF Champions League, with the winner of the tournament advancing directly to the knockout stages of the Champions League. In addition, the clubs that finish second and third in the League Cup will qualify for the first round of the UEFA Champions League.
Note that the 2021 League Cup Final, between the Seattle Sounders and FC Lyon, will be broadcast Wednesday night on TVA Sports and TVA Sports live from 10pm live from Las Vegas.
A new historic step
A new step in the growing partnership between the two leagues aimed at increasing the special rivalry between MLS and LIGA MX, the 2023 League Cup will be historic as it will be the first major football tournament in which all participating league teams participate in the elite of two major leagues.
“The new League Cup, in which all MLS and LIGA MX clubs will participate in the form of an annual one-month tournament, will lay a new foundation of possibilities between our two leagues and further expose our players and clubs to a global audience,” said MLS Commissioner Don Garber. Since its launch three years ago. Years and a half, our partnership with LIGA MX has grown rapidly and the competition has produced the best of us.
“On our way to the 2026 World Cup, hosted by the United States, Canada and Mexico, now is the perfect time to design a tournament that will raise the profile of CONCACAF and showcase the incredible passion for our region. Football is played at the highest level.”
Areola’s response is an example of goal alignment and coordination between the federation, MLS and LIGA MX. Today represents the before and after of all of North America, Central America, and the Caribbean, all of which would benefit greatly from this agreement.”
More details about the reimagined League Cup will continue to be revealed over the coming months.
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