The inaugural Leagues Cup hasn’t even started yet, but the new tournament is already set to expand in 2020. The current competition, which kicks off July 23rd, features four teams from Liga MX and four from Major League Soccer. Next year, it will be eight from each league.
Qualifying for the 2020 Leagues Cup will be based on regular-season performances for MLS clubs, where the top four teams in each conference not already qualified for the CONCACAF Champions League will make up the Leagues Cup representatives.
For Liga MX teams, the qualifiers will include the Apertura 2019 and Clausura 2020 champions and the 2019-20 Copa MX champion; the other representatives will be the top five teams from the combined Apertura-Clausura standings not already qualified for the Leagues Cup.
The 2019 edition starts at the quarterfinal stage and consists of single-elimination games hosted by the MLS teams.