Cancelled: All-Star Game, Leagues Cup and Campeones Cup

Major League Soccer announced yesterday that the inter-league competitions with Liga MX, Leagues Cup and Campeones Cup, have both been cancelled along with the MLS All Star Game. This is in response to the differing responses each state has had to re-opening amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

New York Red Bulls were set to take part in their first Leagues Cup, a competition that pits the more successful regular season MLS teams against those in Liga MX. Last season was the first installment of the tournament, pitting four teams from both leagues against each other. The product was an all Liga MX final between Cruz Azul and UANL Tigres. New York qualified for the competition due to a combined standings of the previous two seasons along with an expanded field of seven other MLS teams. The only team to qualify from Mexico at this point was Monterrey.

The Campeones Cup 2020 would have been the third installment, pitting the overall winner of Liga MX against the MLS Cup winner. Thus far there is a split in the first two games with MLS’ Atlanta United winning over Club America last season and Tigres defeating Toronto FC in the inaugural game. Seattle Sounders would have represented MLS in August.

The All Star Game was set to take place in Banc of California Stadium with a new twist, continuing the working relationship between MLS and Liga MX. It would have been a battle of the All Stars pitting the best of both leagues against each other. While cancelled, MLS does intend on bringing the same format and venue back to the table for 2021.

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