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Leagues Cup Showcase returns with three marquee matches this September: FC Three Leagues Cup Showcase matches are coming this September: FC Cincinnati to host Chivas, Nashville SC to receive Club América and Real Salt Lake to face Atlas FC

NEW YORK AND MEXICO CITY (June 30, 2022) – Major League Soccer (MLS) and LIGA MX announced today that Leagues Cup Showcase will add three feature matches this September in Cincinnati, Nashville and Salt Lake City. For the first time in each club’s history, FC Cincinnati will host Club Deportivo Guadalajara, Nashville SC will face Club América and Real Salt Lake will play against Atlas FC. The Leagues Cup Showcase series will serve as a preview to the highly-anticipated 2023 Leagues Cup which will feature all MLS and LIGA MX Clubs next summer.

These three matches join the previously announced August 3 doubleheader in Los Angeles featuring LA Galaxy vs. Chivas and LAFC vs. Club América. The September match schedule is as follows:

September 21:

FC Cincinnati vs. Club Deportivo Guadalajara:

TQL Stadium, Cincinnati, OH

September 21:

Nashville SC vs. Club América:

GEODIS Park, Nashville, TN

September 22:

Real Salt Lake vs. Atlas FC:

Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, UT



Ticketing Information

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 a.m. ET via SeatGeek

• Nashville SC vs. Club América: Thursday, July 21 at 10:00 a.m. 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 Campeón de Campeones – the overall Mexican league champion – given the club’s back-to-back Apertura 2021 and Clausura 2022 season wins.

Recently joining MLS in 2019 and 2020, FC Cincinnati and Nashville SC, respectively, will play their first-ever international matches as MLS clubs and the first international club matches at their stadiums. FC Cincinnati’s TQL Stadium, which hosted its first game in Spring 2021, is one of the league’s newest stadium jewels with a capacity of 26,000 fans. In Nashville, GEODIS Park inaugurated this May, is the largest soccer-specific stadium in the United States at a capacity of 30,000. An MLS club with a deeper-rooted history, Real Salt Lake joined the league in 2005, debuted its scenic Rio Tinto Stadium in 2008, was an MLS Cup champion (2009), and has participated in important cup finals, including the U.S. Open Cup and the Concacaf Champions League.

Leagues Cup Showcase will serve as a preview to the highly anticipated 2023 Leagues Cup, the annual month-long official 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 Leagues Cup champion earning automatic qualification for the Concacaf Champions League (CCL) round of 16. In addition, clubs finishing second and third in Leagues Cup starting in 2023 will qualify for the Opening Round of the CCL.

MLS and LIGA MX – which entered a partnership in 2018 rooted in the on-field rivalry as well as the true spirit of collaboration off the field – will pause their respective seasons for one month during the 2023 summer to play Leagues Cup, showcasing the soccer infrastructure and capabilities in the region in the years leading into the 2026 FIFA World Cup in the U.S., Canada and Mexico – the first World Cup to feature 48 countries.

Additional information on the September matches, including media accreditation, will be announced at a later date.

The Leagues Cup Showcase, sponsored by BODYARMOR, will be broadcast on Univision and ESPN platforms in the United States, and TUDN platforms in Mexico.


About Major League Soccer

Headquartered in New York City, Major League Soccer features 28 clubs throughout the Unites States and Canada, in addition to an expansion team in St. Louis beginning play in 2023. For more information about MLS, visit www.MLSsoccer.com.

About LIGA MX

LIGA MX is Mexican soccer’s first division, comprised of 18 clubs throughout the country and headquartered in a sporting complex in Toluca, Mexico. Visit www.LigaMX.net for more information.