Tigres, who won the inaugural Campeones Cup in 2018, becomes the first club to participate a second time in the Campeones Cup, and is the only Mexican club to have secured the title in the history of this prestigious Cup.
In the fifth edition of the annual matchup between MLS and LIGA MX champions, the 2023 Campeones Cup will feature Tigres, which defeated Pachuca 2-1 Sunday night in Los Angeles during Campeón de Campeones, which pits the most recent Apertura and Clausura champions of the Mexican league. Representing MLS is reigning MLS Cup champion LAFC, which earned the spot in Campeones Cup with a memorable 2022 MLS Cup win, defeating Philadelphia Union in kicks from the penalty mark.
In the history of Campeones Cup, MLS leads three wins to one against LIGA MX. Tigres UANL conquered Toronto FC in the inaugural 2018 edition, Atlanta United defeated Club América 3-2 in the exciting 2019 match, and the Columbus Crew resoundingly defeated Cruz Azul 2-0 in the 2021 edition. NYCFC then defeated Atlas 2-0 last year to give MLS its third consecutive win.
Campeones Cup, together with Leagues Cup, are part of a larger partnership between the two most important soccer leagues in North America, MLS and LIGA MX, launched in 2018. The partnership is rooted not only in the on-field rivalry, designed to strengthen the sport in the region, but by a true spirit of collaboration off it, with a focus on sharing best practices and on being a force for positive change in the local communities of both leagues. Leagues Cup will debut this summer from July 21 to August 19. As part of their commitment to support positive change in local communities, the participating clubs and leagues will join forces to conduct various community service initiatives leading up to Campeones Cup. More details to be revealed in the coming months.
Campeones Cup is sponsored by BODYARMOR and Proctor & Gamble. Fans in over 100 countries* and regions will be able to watch Campeones Cup on MLS Season Pass on the Apple TV app, which is available on Apple devices, smart TVs, streaming devices from Roku, Amazon, and Google, game consoles, and the web at tv.apple.com. In addition, the linear broadcast home for Campeones Cup in Mexico will be announced when confirmed.
[ABOUT MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER (MLS)]
Headquartered in New York City, Major League Soccer — celebrating its 28th season in 2023 — features 30 clubs throughout the United States and Canada, including a new expansion team in San Diego that will debut in 2025. All MLS, Leagues Cup, and select MLS NEXT Pro and MLS NEXT matches can be watched through MLS Season Pass, available on the Apple TV app on Apple devices, smart TVs, streaming devices, set-top boxes, and game consoles, and the web at tv.apple.com. MLS Season Pass will feature the most expansive and accessible lineup of programming ever for MLS fans. For more information about MLS, visit mlssoccer.com. For more information about the Apple TV app, visit apple.com/apple-tv-app.
[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, México. Visit www.LigaMX.net for more information.