Major League Soccer and Liga MX announced today that the Leagues Cup Showcase will feature three matches in September, including the first matchup between FC Cincinnati and Club Deportivo Guadalajara, “Chivas.” The historic Liga MX club will travel to Cincinnati and face the Naranja y Azul at TQL Stadium on September 21. Additional information, including the broadcast and kick-off time for the September game, will be announced at a later date.
“We are delighted to welcome Chivas de Guadalajara to TQL Stadium,” said FC Cincinnati Co-CEO Jeff Berding. “Cincinnati has hosted a number of incredible international soccer events, including FC Cincinnati’s game against Crystal Palace before joining MLS in 2019, which at the time was the largest soccer crowd in Ohio history. , a U.S. National Team World Cup qualifier against Mexico and other U.S. Men’s and Women’s friendlies. It’s an honor to continue that story with an exciting Leagues Cup Showcase match for our fans this September while we look forward to the full competition in 2023.”
The Leagues Cup Showcase, a preview of the highly anticipated 2023 Leagues Cup between all MLS clubs and Liga MX, now features five matches between MLS and Liga MX clubs. LAFC and Club America and LA Galaxy and Chivas will play a doubleheader at SoFi Stadium on August 3, while Nashville SC will take on Club America on September 21 and Real Salt Lake will take on Atlas FC on September 22.
“It will always be very important for us to be close to the millions of ChivaHermanos around the United States, in this case, in a city and a state that little by little have shown that they are also great soccer fans and live the game with intensity. What better setting than this match against FC Cincinnati for people to enjoy the spectacle on the field, enjoy Chivas and, incidentally, allow us to be in the best possible shape for the final phase of our tournament”, said the Chivas Sporting Director. Ricardo Pelaez.
Tickets will go on sale to the general public at 9:00 am EST on Monday, July 18.
Starting today, FC Cincinnati season ticket members can purchase tickets at their existing seating locations through an offer in their SeatGeek account.
Season ticket members will also have the opportunity to purchase additional tickets at a discounted price through an exclusive advance sale on Thursday, July 14.
See below for the full announcement from Major League Soccer.
Leagues Cup Showcase returns with three standout matches this September: FC Cincinnati will host Chivas, Nashville SC will host Club América and Real Salt Lake will face Atlas FC
NEW YORK AND MEXICO CITY (June 30, 2022) – Major League Soccer (MLS) and LIGA MX today announced that the Leagues Cup Showcase will add three featured matches this September in Cincinnati, Nashville and Salt Lake City. For the first time in the history of each club, F.C. Cincinnati will receive guadalajara sports club, Nashville South Carolina will face America club Y real salt lake will be the host Atlas FC. The Leagues Cup Showcase series will serve as a preview of the highly anticipated 2023 Leagues Cup between all clubs in MLS and Liga MX next summer.
These three matches join the previously announced doubleheader on August 3 in Los Angeles with LA Galaxy vs. Chivas and LAFC vs. America club. The match schedule for September is as follows.
Date Game Time (ET) Stadium
September 21 FC Cincinnati vs. Club Deportivo Guadalajara TBD TQL Stadium, Cincinnati, OH
September 21 Nashville SC vs. Club America TBD GEODIS Park, Nashville, TN
September 22 Real Salt Lake vs. Atlas FC TBD Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, UT
FC Cincinnati, Nashville SC and Real Salt Lake season ticket holders will have priority access to purchase tickets through an exclusive presale. Tickets will be made available to the public as follows:
FC Cincinnati vs. Club Deportivo Guadalajara: Monday, July 18 at 9:00 am ET via SeatGek
Nashville SC vs. Club América: Thursday, July 21 at 10:00 am ET via ticketmaster
Real Salt Lake vs. Atlas FC: Ticket details coming soon. Click here to sign up for ticket notifications.
Chivas and Club América are two of the most successful clubs in LIGA MX with 12 and 13 titles respectively. Atlas FC is the current LIGA MX Champion of Champions, the overall champion of the Mexican league, due to the club’s back-to-back Apertura 2021 and Clausura 2022 season victories.
Newly inducted into MLS in 2019 and 2020, FC Cincinnati and Nashville SC, respectively, will play their first MLS club internationals and first club internationals at their stadiums. Hosting its first game in the spring of 2021, FC Cincinnati’s TQL Stadium is one of the league’s newest stadium gems with a capacity of 26,000 fans. In Nashville, GEODIS Park, opened in May, is the largest soccer-specific stadium in the United States with a capacity of 30,000 spectators. An MLS club with a more established history, Real Salt Lake joined the league in 2005, debuted its picturesque Rio Tinto Stadium in 2008, were MLS Cup champions (2009) and have participated in major cup finals, including the US Open Cup and the Concacaf Champions League.
“We are delighted to receive Chivas de Guadalajara at the TQL Stadium,” he said. FC Cincinnati Co-CEO Jeff Berding. “Cincinnati has hosted a number of incredible international soccer events, including FC Cincinnati’s game against Crystal Palace before joining MLS in 2019, which at the time was the largest soccer crowd in Ohio history. , a U.S. National Team World Cup qualifier against Mexico and other U.S. Men’s and Women’s friendlies. It’s an honor to continue that story with an exciting Leagues Cup Showcase match for our fans this September while we look forward to the full competition in 2023.”
“It will always be very important for us to be close to the millions of ChivaHermanos around the United States, in this case, in a city and a state that little by little have shown that they are also great soccer fans and live the game with intensity. What better setting than this match against FC Cincinnati for people to enjoy the show on the field, enjoy Chivas and, incidentally, allow us to be in the best possible shape for the final phase of our tournament”, said Ricardo, Sporting Director of Chivas . Pelaez.
“We couldn’t be more excited to host our first international match at GEODIS Park,” said Ian Ayre, CEO of Nashville SC.. “Nashville has been buzzing with soccer excitement since we started in MLS in 2020 and even more so since we opened the doors to our new home. Facing up here against the most decorated club in Mexico is an incredible next step in our football journey.”
“We are happy and excited to visit our amazing fans in Nashville as it is very important for us to stay connected with them and all of our fans in the US,” he said. Sports President of Club America Santiago Baths. “The moment could not be better since we will face our rival a few days before the LIGA MX Playoffs. As a result, fans can expect our team to be in tip-top shape and at its best. It will be a great game.”
“Real Salt Lake is proud of our rich history of competing against international opponents, whether it be in the CONCACAF Champions League, international friendlies or the 2019 Leagues Cup,” he said. RSL President John Kimball. “Welcoming Atlas FC to Utah in September for the 42nd game of the RSL against 30 different international opponents from 16 different countries will certainly serve as a fantastic reward for our incredible supporters, who have long shown that they value the open roads. international to prestigious regional hardware. We can’t wait to host this year’s Leagues Cup Showcase and look forward to giving Atlas a taste of the best Utah has to offer.”
“We are very happy to be able to participate in the Leagues Cup Showcase. The United States has always been a very important market for us and we are pleased to join this great effort led by MLS and LIGA MX,” he said. Executive President Atlas FC José Riestra. “It is a privilege to be able to play in Salt Lake City against a team that has marked an era in MLS. It is also an honor for Atlas to participate in this game, which we hope will be a success and continue to join forces and reach our fans in the United States.”
Leagues Cup Showcase will serve as a preview of the highly anticipated Leagues Cup 2023, the official annual month-long tournament between MLS and LIGA MX in which all 47 MLS and LIGA MX clubs will participate and the respective seasons will pause for the tournament, with the champion of the League Cup obtaining automatic qualification for the round of 16 of the Concacaf Champions League (CCL). In addition, the clubs that finish second and third in the League Cup from 2023 onwards will qualify for the inaugural Round of the CCL.
MLS and LIGA MX, which formed a partnership in 2018 rooted in rivalry on the field and true spirit of collaboration off the field, will pause their respective seasons for one month during the summer of 2023 to play Leagues Cup, showcasing the football. infrastructure and capabilities in the region in the years leading up to the 2026 FIFA World Cup in the US, Canada and Mexico, the first World Cup to feature 48 countries.
Additional information on the September matches, including media accreditation, will be announced later.
The Leagues Cup Showcase, sponsored by BODYARMOR, will air on Univision and ESPN platforms in the United States, and TUDN platforms in Mexico.