NEW YORK AND MEXICO CITY (April 27, 2023) – Leagues Cup today announced kick-off times for all Group Stage matches. Games will have official starting times between 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Eastern Time, giving fans the opportunity to enjoy the games under the lights. D.C. United begin their Leagues Cup campaign against CF Montreal on Wednesday, July 26 with kickoff scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET. The Black-and-Red then play against Pumas UNAM at Audi Field on Sunday, July 30 at 7 p.m. ET. The match at Audi Field will be broadcast on UniMas and FS1.
Fans in over 100 countries and regions will be able to watch all 77 Leagues Cup matches on MLS Season Pass on the Apple TV app, the subscription service from Apple and Major League Soccer that is available on smart TVs, streaming devices, Apple devices, set-top boxes, game consoles, and the web at tv.apple.com.
In addition, TelevisaUnivision, FOX Sports, TSN and RDS will be the linear broadcast home for 15 group stage matches in the United States and Canada.
Beginning this year, Major League Soccer and LIGA MX will pause their respective league seasons in the summer and compete in Leagues Cup, an official Concacaf competition to be played across the U.S. and Canada. The inaugural edition will see all 47 clubs (18 from LIGA MX, 29 from MLS) compete in a World Cup-style tournament from July 21 - August 19, 2023. The champion and the second and third-place finishers will qualify for the Concacaf Champions League and have an opportunity to earn a spot in the FIFA Club World Cup.
The Leagues Cup Group Stage kicks off on Friday, July 21 at 7:30 p.m. ET between two MLS clubs, Orlando City SC facing Houston Dynamo at Exploria Stadium, followed by LIGA MX’s Cruz Azul against Inter Miami CF (8 p.m. ET) at DRV PNK Stadium, the first in the highly anticipated series of matchups between the two leagues. Also on opening night, FC Dallas receives Charlotte FC at Toyota Stadium (8:30 p.m. ET), Austin FC battles Mazatlan FC at Q2 Stadium (10 p.m. ET), and Leon takes on Vancouver Whitecaps at BC Place (10:30 p.m. ET).
The new schedule is designed to cater to the needs of the fans and create a memorable experience for everyone involved. With the evening kick-off times, fans can expect to enjoy a more comfortable environment with the added excitement of evening matches.
Leagues Cup Group Stage closes out Monday, July 31 with four intra-league matches, starting at 8 pm ET between Club America and Columbus Crew at Lower.com Field and rounding out at Children’s Mercy Park between Chivas Guadalajara and Sporting KC (10 p.m. ET)
The complete Leagues Cup 2023 schedule along with broadcast network assignments can be found here. The complete details on the Leagues Cup format can be viewed here.
Advancing teams will compete in the single-game elimination knockout rounds, beginning with the round of 32 on August 2-4 (16 matches), followed by the round of 16 on August 6-8 (eight matches). The eight advancing teams will compete in the quarterfinals from August 11-12 (four matches) before the two semifinal matches on August 15.
The Leagues Cup 2023 final and third-place games will be played on Saturday, August 19 and determine the three clubs that will qualify for the 2024 Concacaf Champions League.
Leagues Cup 2023 Schedule Highlights
Real Salt Lake Seek Revenge Twelve Years Later: Twelve years since they last took the field, Real Salt Lake will face Club de Futbol Monterrey on Wednesday, July 26, 930 p.m. ET, in a rematch of the 2011 Concacaf Champions League Final. RSL secured a 2-2 tie in the first leg of the series, but Monterrey, thanks to a goal by Humberto Suazo, took the title with a 1-0 upset in Salt Lake. Victor Manuel Vucetich was the coach for Monterrey then and returned to the club in 2022.
MLS and LIGA MX Club Face Off in 2022 Rematches: July 23 will set the stage for a 2022 Campeones Cup rematch between New York City FC and Atlas FC 7pm E.T, at Citi Field. In New York’s 2-0 victory, current NYCFC starting goalkeeper Luis Barraza earned the Man of the Match award and will look to shut down Atlas once more. After playing in the 2022 Leagues Cup Showcase, FC Cincinnati and Club Deportivo Guadalajara square off again on July 27, 8 p.m. ET. Led by U.S. Men’s National Team forward Brandon Vázquez, Cincinnati recorded a 3-1 victory versus Chivas Guadalajara at TQL Stadium last year.
Coach and Player Connections Resurface in Leagues Cup Showdowns: July 31, 10 p.m. ET at Children’s Mercy Park, Sporting Kansas City forward Alan Pulido will battle against his old squad Chivas Guadalajara, where he was named MVP of the 2017 LIGA MX Clausura tournament, which Chivas won. Additionally, Chicago Fire FC and Club Puebla both claim National Soccer Hall of Famer DaMarcus Beasley as one of their own, having played in over 90 games for each club, their clash will be 8:30 p.m. ET at SeatGeek Stadium. Finally, Atlanta United head coach Gonzalo Pineda meets Cruz Azul in the South region on July 29 (8 p.m. ET) at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, as the Five Stripes head coach suited up for La Máquina from 2010-11.
Individual tickets will be available to fans via the hosting MLS club. D.C. United season ticket holders should contact their club representative for more information. For priority access to tickets, please visit here. For more tournament information, visit LeaguesCup.com and follow @LeaguesCup on social.
About MLS Season Pass
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Fans can subscribe to MLS Season Pass on the Apple TV app for $14.99 per month during the season or $99 per season, and Apple TV+ subscribers can sign up at a special price of $12.99 per month and $79 per season. A subscription to MLS Season Pass is included with each full-season ticket account. Through Family Sharing, up to six family members can share the subscription using their own Apple ID and password. To subscribe to MLS Season Pass, customers must update to iOS 16.2 or later, iPadOS 16.2 or later, tvOS 16.2 or later, and macOS 13.1 or later.
*This excludes Leagues Cup for viewers in Mexico*