Groups revealed for MLS-Liga MX Leagues Cup


Fifteen teams have been revealed for the expanded Leagues Cup event that for the primary time will characteristic each MLS and Liga MX membership within the 2023 summer season competitors.

Kicking off on July 21 and shutting out with a last on Aug. 19, the month-long occasion is billed as a “World Cup-style” event that may embody 18 groups from Liga MX and 29 from MLS.

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The highest three golf equipment from the competitors will robotically earn spots in a reformatted 2024 CONCACAF Champions League.

The 15 teams of three, introduced on Thursday, are divided up into 4 completely different areas: West (three teams), Central (4 teams), South (4 teams) and East (4 teams).

Reigning MLS Cup champions LAFC and 2022 Liga MX Apertura champions Pachuca — who earned extra factors in final yr’s mixture desk than 2022 Clausura champions Atlas — robotically earned a spot within the knockout spherical of 32.

Placement in every group for the highest 15 MLS golf equipment (outdoors of LAFC) was decided first by their matching area after which by their place within the 2022 Supporters’ Defend standings.

The highest 15 Liga MX golf equipment (outdoors of Pachuca) had been chosen by the mixture 2022 desk after which positioned into the teams by means of reverse order from the highest 15 MLS groups, in order that the No. 1 ranked MLS crew is paired with the No. 15 crew from Liga MX and vice-versa.

The remaining MLS golf equipment had been positioned into their matching area first after which organized into the teams by their place within the Supporters’ Defend standings.

FC Juarez and Queretaro, the final two Liga MX golf equipment, had been positioned into open slots within the South and East areas.

All golf equipment on this yr’s Leagues Cup event will play two video games every, with a schedule that’s at present within the works. The highest 15 ranked MLS sides within the group stage are set to host two matches.

All 77 video games within the competitors will probably be held in the US and Canada. Three factors will probably be given for wins within the group stage, and if there’s a tie on the finish of regulation time, every crew will probably be given one level and battle for an extra level in an ensuing penalty shootout. Particulars on tiebreakers within the group standings have but to be revealed.

The highest two groups from every group will then be part of Pachuca and LAFC within the spherical of 32, the place they are going to compete to earn a spot within the last on Aug. 19.

Each Liga MX and MLS will put their seasons on pause to showcase Leagues Cup 2023. The upcoming event is an expanded model of the competitors that started in 2019 and experimented with a restricted variety of invited golf equipment from each leagues.

By September of 2021, an announcement was made for the brand new model of the occasion that may develop to all groups in MLS and Liga MX.

“There has never been anything like Leagues Cup in major professional sports on this continent or anywhere else and we believe the tournament will help elevate the profile of CONCACAF throughout the world,” MLS commissioner Don Garber said last year.

“For Liga MX, this implies spending a month with our nice and rising fan base in the US and creating new worldwide alternatives, in order that our golf equipment and gamers can present the world their expertise and dedication to excellence,” added Liga MX president Mikel Arriola.

Arriola made headlines final September when he acknowledged on the World Soccer Summit that Liga MX could be among the many “high 5 of the leagues on the earth” with the assistance of the Leagues Cup.

On the summit, he additionally hinted at why not one of the video games are going to be performed in Mexico. Utilizing the nationwide crew for example, Arriola famous that “whenever the national team of Mexico plays in the U.S. they generate seven times more income compared to a national team [game] played in Mexico.”

Earlier editions of the Leagues Cup, gained by Liga MX’s Cruz Azul in 2019 and Leon in 2021 — no official Leagues Cup competitors was contested in 2020 or 2022 — have all been hosted in the US.

Leagues Cup 2023 teams


West 1: Tigres UANL (No. 2 LIGA MX), Portland Timbers (No. 14 MLS), San Jose Earthquakes (No. 25 MLS)

West 2: Monterrey (No. 3 LIGA MX), Actual Salt Lake (No. 13 MLS), Seattle Sounders FC (No. 20 MLS)

West 3: LA Galaxy (No. 7 MLS), Membership Leon (No. 9 LIGA MX), Vancouver Whitecaps FC (No. 16 MLS)


Central 1: America (No. 1 LIGA MX), Columbus Crew (No. 15 MLS), St. Louis CITY SC (No. 28 MLS)

Central 2: Puebla (No. 6 LIGA MX), Minnesota United FC (No. 10 MLS), Chicago Hearth FC (No. 23 MLS)

Central 3: Chivas Guadalajara (No. 7 LIGA MX), FC Cincinnati (No. 9 MLS), Sporting Kansas Metropolis (No. 21 MLS)

Central 4: Nashville SC (No. 8 MLS), Toluca (No. 8 LIGA MX), Colorado Rapids (No. 17 MLS)


South 1: Austin FC (No. 3 MLS), Mazatlan FC (No. 13 LIGA MX), FC Juarez (No. 16 LIGA MX)

South 2: Santos Laguna (No. 4 LIGA MX), Orlando Metropolis SC (No. 12 MLS), Houston Dynamo FC (No. 24 MLS)

South 3: Cruz Azul (No. 5 LIGA MX), Inter Miami CF (No. 11 MLS), Atlanta United (No. 22 MLS)

South 4: FC Dallas (No. 6 MLS), Necaxa (No. 10 LIGA MX), Charlotte FC (No. 18 MLS)


East 1: Philadelphia Union (No. 1 MLS), Membership Tijuana (No. 15 LIGA MX), Queretaro (No. 17 LIGA MX)

East 2: CF Montreal (No. 2 MLS), Pumas (No. 14 LIGA MX), D.C. United (No. 27 MLS)

East 3: New York Metropolis FC (No. 4 MLS), Atlas (No. 12 LIGA MX), Toronto FC (No. 26 MLS)

East 4: New York Purple Bulls (No. 5 MLS), Atletico de San Luis (No. 11 LIGA MX), New England Revolution (No. 19 MLS)

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