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Leagues Cup 2023

July 21-August 19

Every MLS and Liga MX club will compete in a completely reimagined Leagues Cup: an annual, month-long tournament. In the group stage, Whitecaps FC played Club León from Liga MX and LA Galaxy from MLS. Vancouver Whitecaps FC faced Tigres UANL in the Round of 32 on August 4 at BC Place.

  • Club León vs. Whitecaps FC - Friday, July 21 (BC Place) - Included in season ticket membership
  • LA Galaxy vs. Whitecaps FC - Sunday, July 30 (Dignity Health Sports Park)
  • Tigres UANL vs. Whitecaps FC - Friday, August 4 (BC Place)

Group Stage Matches

Round of 32

Leagues Cup Format



  • The tournament is an official Concacaf competition
  • All club MLS and Liga MX clubs will participate
  • It's a World Cup style tournament with a group stage followed by knockout rounds
  • The pool is divided into four regions: East, West, South, Central
  • The tournament consists of 77 games hosted at MLS stadiums throughout the U.S. and Canada
  • Liga MX v. Liga MX matches will be played at MLS venues depending on region

Point System

  • No ties in Leagues Cup 2023
  • Each team receives 1 point if the game is tied after 90 minutes
  • The winner of the subsequent penalty shootout will earn an additional point
  • Regulation wins count as three points

Group Stage

  • Each club will play a minimum of two matches in group stage
  • The top two teams from each group will advance, based on group points
  • Tiebreakers and full competition guidelines will be published in the coming months
  • 2022 MLS Cup Champion skips the group stage and starts at Round of 32
  • Of the two Liga MX recent champions in Clausura 2022 and Apertura 2022, the club with the most combined points accumulated across both tournaments in the 2022 calendar year will skip the group stage and start at Round of 32

Group Stage Assignments

  • MLS clubs ranked 2 to 16 based on 2022 Supporters’ Shield finish are seeded first in each group
  • Liga MX clubs ranked 2 to 16 based on total points from Clausura 2022 and Apertura 2022 combined will be in the second position in each group, opposite the MLS rankings (Liga MX #15 paired with MLS #2)
  • The remaining 13 MLS clubs, together with the 2 remaining Liga MX clubs, will be drawn into groups and divided geographically.

Knockout Rounds

  • Single game elimination
  • Round of 32: 16 matches
  • Round of 16: 8 matches
  • Quarterfinals: 4 matches
  • Semifinals
  • Third place match (winner qualifies for Concacaf Champions League)
  • Final on Saturday, August 19 (both clubs qualify for Concacaf Champions League; Leagues Cup winner skips directly to Concacaf Champions League Round of 16)