Liga MX and Major League Soccer recently made a joint announcement in Las Vegas that the first-ever final of the Leagues Cup’s inaugural season will be held at the Sam Boyd Stadium, in Las Vegas, on September 18 this year. The event will be organised in collaboration with the Las Vegas Events and MGM Resorts (Image by Phillip Kofler from Pixabay).
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About Leagues Cup
The 2019 or the first edition of the tournament will involve 4 clubs each from the 2 top-level soccer leagues from North America. There will be eight teams playing each other in a single elimination tournament, with its quarter-finals on July 23 and July 24. The quarter finals will be held in the MLS clubs’ stadiums. The semi-final on the other hand will be on August 20, at venues yet to be decided.
The statements of the stakeholders
Talking to the press in this regard, Mayor Carolyn G Goodman stated, “Soccer is the world’s sport and Las Vegas is the world’s city. It is a perfect fit for the exciting Leagues Cup final to be played in Las Vegas. Our city loves soccer, and we hope to continue our relationship with the League Cup and Major League Soccer in the years to come.”
The MLS commissioner Don Garber on the other hand emphasised that Las Vegas has emerged as an exciting market over the years for the marquee sports events and professional teams from all over the world. He emphasised that MLS is proud to bring the Leagues Cup’s first-ever final to the Las Vegas city. Talking further to the press, the commissioner said, “An intense rivalry is developing between Major League Soccer and Liga MX clubs, and Leagues Cup will provide thrilling competition while further elevating the profile of the game in North America. We have no doubt that the support for the historic, first-ever Leagues Cup final from the passionate soccer fans of Las Vegas and surrounding region will be tremendous, and the atmosphere at Sam Boyd Stadium will be electric.”
Enrique Bonilla, Executive President, LIGA MX talked about the Leagues Cup and shared how the event is a result of a rapidly growing and historic rivalry between two leagues in three countries. She emphasised the importance of Las Vegas to hold the final game of such a world-class event. She praised the Las Vegas city as being truly cosmopolitan in nature, which already hosts a great multitude of Mexican people during the Mexican Independence Day celebrations. LIGA MX is a global soccer league and the clubs which are a part of it don’t have fans in just one single country, but throughout the world, particularly amongst the Hispanic community of the US.
Sam Boyd Stadium hosted the Mexican National Team US Tour matches, apart from many other international level soccer matches in the past.