LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Major League Soccer (MLS) and LIGA MX announced today that Allegiant Stadium – home of the NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders - and Las Vegas have been awarded the 2021 and 2022 Final of Leagues Cup.
Leagues Cup is the official annual single-elimination tournament that features clubs from MLS and Mexico’s top-flight leagues, building on the rivalry between both leagues and offering intense, high-level international competition for clubs and fans alike across North America.
The 2021 Leagues Cup Final will be played at Allegiant Stadium on Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. (ESPN2, UniMas, TUDN, TSN and TVA Sports). Tickets to Leagues Cup Final will be announced in the coming weeks. Fans are encouraged to visit www.LeaguesCup.com to sign-up for the latest information and to be part of an exclusive presale opportunity.
Leagues Cup is part of a larger partnership between MLS and LIGA MX, rooted not only in the on-field rivalry, designed to strengthen the sport in the region but by a true spirit of collaboration off it, with a focus on sharing best practices and on being a force for positive change in the local communities of both leagues.
In this spirit, today, MLS and LIGA MX also confirmed they will host a community service project in Las Vegas to give back to the local community as part of the Leagues Cup Final. Details of the event will be announced at a later date.
The 2021 edition of Leagues Cup will feature Tigres, Pumas, León and Santos Laguna for LIGA MX, while Sporting Kansas City, Orlando City SC, Seattle Sounders FC, and New York City FC will represent MLS. Should Club León win LIGA MX’s Campeón de Campeones 2020-2021 scheduled for July 18, Chivas would replace León as the next best-ranked club in the combined standings.
The tournament, to be played in its entirety in the U.S., is scheduled to begin Aug. 10 with Quarterfinal matches. The Semifinals are slated for Sept.14-15, before heading to Las Vegas for the final on Sept. 22. The full Leagues Cup 2021 schedule is below.
- Click here for the 2021 Leagues Cup bracket/schedule
Beyond the rivalry, Leagues Cup has taken on an increased focus for both MLS and LIGA MX clubs. CONCACAF recently announced that the Leagues Cup will have a qualifying slot to the Concacaf Champions League, starting with the new format in 2023, positioning the Leagues Cup as an important part of the North American soccer landscape.
Leagues Cup 2021 kicks off five weeks of MLS vs. Liga MX matchups in August and September, including the MLS All-Star Game presented by Target on August 25 and closed out by Campeones Cup the last week of September.
The inaugural Leagues Cup first took place in 2019, in front of large, enthusiastic crowds across the United States, with Cruz Azul defeating Tigres UANL in an all-LIGA MX final at Sam Boyd Stadium.