View Full Version : MLS and Liga MX to create new 8 team tournament

02-01-2019, 07:35 PM
A cup competition between teams from Liga MX and Major League Soccer could begin as early as this year.The tournament would comprise of four teams from each league and should be contested around the second half of the upcoming MLS campaign and the next Apertura stage of Mexico's top tier. However, it's understood that a name and format are yet to be decided upon by the relevant bodies, sources told ESPN's Tom Marshall (http://www.espn.com/soccer/major-league-soccer/story/3764838/sources-mls-liga-mx-mulling-8-team-tournament-in-second-half-of-2019).
The two leagues previously locked horns in the SuperLiga, which saw three winners hail from Mexico (Pachuca, Tigres, and Morelia) and one from north of the Rio Grande (New England Revolution) before it was officially dissolved in 2011 after four editions. MLS commissioner Don Garber has previously described the tournament as being ahead of its time.

Another collaboration already exists in the Campeones Cup. The inaugural meeting saw Toronto FC and Tigres meet at the former's BMO Field in September 2018, with the Monterrey side prevailing with a 3-1 victory. Atlanta United are poised to host the second matchup in August of this year.
The only remaining opportunity for Liga MX and MLS outfits to meet is in the CONCACAF Champions League, with teams from the respective domestic leagues joining the tournament at the round-of-16 stage. That knockout phase begins in February and sees just one scuffle between the leagues as Sporting Kansas City spar with Toluca.
"I'd love to be able find a way to organize a tournament between Liga MX and MLS. It'd be very good for our fans and our leagues," Garber told Univision (http://www.univision.com/deportes/futbol/mls/comisionado-de-la-mls-nos-encantaria-una-competencia-conjunta-entre-la-mls-y-la-liga-mx) in May 2016, with translation from ESPN (http://www.espn.com/soccer/mexican-liga-mx/story/2998855/liga-mx-open-to-potential-new-cup-competition-with-mls-league-president). "We could sell the games all over the world. I think there would be a lot of interest in them."


02-01-2019, 07:42 PM

The best team in North America is who ever wins champions league imo. This our champions league, literally lol.

Not to say this couldn't work but my initial attitude is I wouldn't care much for it

Initial B
02-01-2019, 07:50 PM
To me this seems exclusionary to all the other clubs in CONCACAF and I can't see Montigliani being too thrilled with it. You already have the top 4 MLS teams, top 4 Liga MX team, and the top Canadian MLS team playing in CCL with the other regional leagues also having a shot. You don't need another tournament.

02-01-2019, 08:19 PM
We don't need any more fixtures. SuperLiga died before, this will too. I can see how this would appeal in the States but it wouldn't really fly in Canada.

02-01-2019, 10:00 PM
It's a money grab so San Jose (Almedya), LAFC (Vela), Galaxy ( GBS, maybe a Dos Santos or two) and a Texas side just cos will get entered

02-01-2019, 10:04 PM
Maybe it should be a pre-season tourney. That would at least have some sense to it.

02-02-2019, 12:31 PM
I donít like the Campeones Cup and I like this proposed tourney even less. This seems unnecessary and adds more games to an already congested schedule.

Toronto Ruffrider
02-03-2019, 11:08 AM
This has been tried before, and it didn't fly. Just stick with the CCL - that is the true measuring stick of who's best in CONCACAF.

Fort York Redcoat
02-03-2019, 01:07 PM
Not watching. Unless they structure it to include teams NOT competing CCL. Make this a Europa league secondary tourney.

02-03-2019, 02:50 PM
This is stupid. Champions league is better and already does a better job of what it's suppose to do. Won't be watching if it's created. Champions league only for me.

02-05-2019, 12:00 PM
Another dumb tournament to add more congestion. Won't support it.

02-05-2019, 12:03 PM
Not watching. Unless they structure it to include teams NOT competing CCL. Make this a Europa league secondary tourney.

That's basically what Concacaf League is. Winner gets the 16th spot in following year CCL.