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Liga MX and MLS announce cancellation of All-Star Game, Leagues Cup, and Campeones Cup

Because of the COVID-19 emergency, all collaborative tournaments will be cancelled and return in 2021.

Cruz Azul v Tigres UANL: Final - 2019 Leagues Cup Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Liga MX and MLS announced that because of the COVID-19 emergency, they were cancelling all tournaments played between them in 2020; the Leagues Cup, MLS All-Star Game, and the Campeones Cup. All of the tournaments are supposed to come back in 2021 when or if the situation goes back to normal. All of the tournaments were set to be played later in the year, but because of the COVID-19 emergency and the expected congestion of league games are expected to be played, this became increasingly unfeasable.

Liga MX and MLS were set to play the MLS All-Star Game in which the best Liga MX XI would play the best MLS XI. According to the report, tickets to the game weren’t yet being sold but tickets to the All-Star Skills Challenge were and will be refunded. The Leagues Cup was to have taken place between Liga MX and MLS teams. This was to be the second edition of the tournament, with the 2019 edition being the original. The tournament ended with Cruz Azul winning the title. Finally the Campeones Cup was to be held late in the year. In the 2019 original Campeones Cup was played between MLS Champions Atlanta United and Liga MX Campeon de Campeones America, with Atlanta United winning the tournament played in a single match in Atlanta. This year’s match was set to be played between Seattle Sounders and the winner of the Campeon de Campeones 2020 Cup, which was to be played between Monterrey and the Clausura 2020 champion. With the Clausura 2020 on hold and possibly cancelled, there was not going to be a team from Liga MX to be able to play the tournament. Once again, the cup was going to be played in a one off game in the home stadium of the MLS team.

The COVID-19 emergency has severely hurt the ability to schedule events. With both the 2020 MLS season and Liga MX Clausura suspended, events like these will have trouble being played. With the tournaments scheduled to be played in 2021, it seems for example that a new team will be playing the Campeones Cup and not Seattle Sounders or Monterrey. Both leagues will have to work things out in a probably very congested 2021, which makes it possible for the events to not take place in 2020 although the need of revenue from teams, especially in Liga MX, might increase the probability they will take place in 2021.