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MLS, Mexico’s Liga MX form new partnership that includes the Campeones Cup

Major League Soccer and Liga MX have joined in a long-term partnership that will launch later this year when reigning MLS Cup champion Toronto hosts a team from Mexico’s top league.

The match, dubbed the Campeones Cup, is set for Sept. 19 at BMO Field. The Liga MX opponent will be the winner of the July’s Campeon de Campeones between the Apertura and Clausura champions.

The partnership announced Tuesday will go beyond that single game to include youth competitions, future All-Star games and other events and initiatives.

“We and Liga MX have an opportunity to do something that’s really unprecedented in North America,” MLS Commissioner Don Garber said. “We can work together across borders to create something unique and special that soccer fans both in Mexico and the United States and Canada can benefit from.”

There’s even the possibility of some kind of interleague play in the future, although it’s still being discussed.

Previously, the two leagues came together for the North American SuperLiga, a tournament which started in 2007 and ran through 2010. It was sanctioned by the North and Central American and Caribbean confederation. But it fizzled out as attention went to the CONCACAF Champions League.

In recent years there had been increasing talk of reviving a similar competition. Ever-improving play in MLS has helped spur the speculation.

“We realize that the world is getting global and there are no longer borders in football,” Liga MX President Enrique Bonilla said. “So we started talking about doing something together and being more competitive in football, not just on the pitch.”

The partnership comes as the United States, Canada and Mexico bid to host the 2026 World Cup. Morocco is the only other nation vying for the event. A vote will be held on the competing proposals in June at the FIFA congress in Moscow.

“We’re showing the world that we can do things together, not only a World Cup,” Bonilla said. “If we can work together as leagues, then definitely we can work together to have the best World Cup ever.”

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