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MLS, Liga MX to pause seasons for Leagues Cup in ‘23

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Major League Soccer and Mexico’s Liga MX are expanding the still-nascent Leagues Cup competition to include all clubs from both leagues beginning in 2023.

Introduced in 2019, the Leagues Cup featured just four teams from each leagues before Tuesday’s announcement. MLS and Liga MX will pause their respective seasons for one month to accommodate the competition annually.

The tournament is now officially sanctioned by CONCACAF, soccer’s governing body in North and Central America, and the top three finishers at the Leagues Cup will automatically qualify for the continental CONCACAF Champions League.

“The new Leagues Cup with every club in MLS and Liga MX competing in an intense, month-long, tournament will establish new standards for what is possible between our two leagues, and further showcase our players and clubs to a global audience,” MLS commissioner Don Garber said in a statement.

“Since its launch three and a half years ago, our partnership with Liga MX has grown quickly and the competition has brought out the best in both of us. On the path to the FIFA World Cup in 2026 hosted by the U.S., Canada and Mexico, this is the perfect moment to produce a tournament that will elevate the profile of CONCACAF and showcase the incredible passion our region has for soccer played at the highest level.”

The announcement was made ahead of Wednesday’s final of the 2021 Leagues Cup between the Seattle Sounders and Mexico’s Club Leon at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.

–Field Level Media

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