The soccer news starts with MLS and Liga MX announcing the Campeones Cup, the North American version of a super cup. The defending MLS champions will play the winner of the Liga MX Campeon de Campeones, the game between the Apertura and Clausura winners. Toronto FC will host the first Campeones Cup on September 19, 2018.
"Major League Soccer is proud to come together with Liga MX for this unprecedented partnership," MLS commissioner Don Garber said in a press statement. "Together, we have a vision to elevate the popularity of our game to even higher levels in North America. We are excited to have the MLS champion take on Liga MX’s top club in the Campeones Cup this year and build further programs in the years to come."
At some point, the MLS All-Star Game will become a meeting of the MLS All-Stars vs the Liga MX All-Stars. "For Mexican soccer, accepting the invitation to this project is a fantastic opportunity to meet our vital goals with a long-term vision," Liga MX president Enrique Bonilla said. "First, it will allow us to grow closer to our fans in the United States and Canada, who are passionate about their Liga MX clubs. Second, it establishes a strategic alliance between the two leagues to exchange experiences and implement best practices throughout both organizations, which will organically assist the growth of soccer in the region.”
It's no secret that Liga MX consistently draws the highest club soccer TV ratings in the United States. Depending on the market, it's also not all that difficult to see Liga MX teams in person. MLS and Liga MX tried once before to create games that count through the SuperLiga, but that tournament failed to attract the support it needed. Rumors of a revamped SuperLiga made news last May. By January, that switched to rumors of a Super Cup.
The timing is certainly worth considering. Concacaf's revamped version of the Champions League has yet to complete its first season. That is a de facto MLS vs Liga MX championship dominated by Mexico. MLS hasn't closed that gap. A one-off super cup shouldn't expose an MLS champion the way the Champions League tends to do. It's still worth asking why the region needs a Champions League and a Campeones Cup if both are attempting to answer the same question. Who is the best team in Concacaf?
ESPN's Tom Marshall on the Campeones Cup and MLS and Liga MX in the big picture. Soccer America's Mike Woitalla interviews National Soccer Hall of Fame media award winner Jim Trecker.
BBC Sport reports on Southampton firing manager Mauricio Pellegrino with the team drifting near the relegation zone. Pro Soccer Talk's Joe Prince-Wright on Southampton considering Mark Hughes as their next manager. The Daily Mail's ian Herbert asks how pundits became the point in English soccer.
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