The Campeones Cup is back for its second edition. The match pits the Major League Soccer champion against the winner of Liga MX’s Campeón de Campeones, and for the 2019 edition, that means it’s Atlanta United vs Club América.
Atlanta is currently sitting in second place in MLS’s Eastern Conference with 42 points, the product of 13 wins, 3 draws, and 9 losses in their 25 games to date; they’ve won four of their last five.
The current Liga MX season started less than a month ago, but América is unbeaten so far. The Águilas are in third place with 10 points, the product of three wins and a draw.
All times Eastern, home team listed first.
Campeones Cup Wednesday, August 14 Atlanta vs América – 8:00 PM – Univision Deportes / ESPN2
The revamped Copa MX gets underway this week with the first round of group stage games.
The Copa will now run for the entire 2019-2020 season, with the group stage in the Apertura and the knockout rounds in the Clausura; a total of 27 teams are participating, 15 from Liga MX and 12 from Ascenso MX, drawn into nine groups of three.
The winner of each group, as well as the seven best runners-up, will move on to the knockout rounds. Those will now consist of two-legged series, rather than a single game, and will begin in January.
The new inter-league competition between Liga MX and MLS kicks off this week with the quarterfinal round. Just four teams from each league are competing this year, although expansion for 2020 has already been announced.
For the inaugural 2019 edition, the four Major League Soccer teams will host the quarterfinals, which are single-elimination games. In the event of a tie at the end of regulation, the game will go directly to a penalty shootout to determine advancement; no extra time will be played.
The annual SuperCopa MX and Campeón de Campeones doubleheader will take place this Sunday at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
The SuperCopa MX will open the doubleheader, with Cruz Azul, the winners of the Apertura 2018 Copa MX, against Necaxa, the 2018 SuperCopa champion. Necaxa earned their spot because the Clausura 2019 Copa MX winner, América, is playing in the Campeón de Campeones game.
América earned a spot in the “champion of champions” game by winning the Apertura 2018 league title; they will face the Clausura 2019 winners, Tigres UANL, in the second game of the doubleheader.
The 2019 Gold Cup concludes this Sunday with a marquee final, as Mexico and the United States renew their rivalry with a trophy on the line.
Mexico holds the record for Gold Cup titles with seven, but the US would match that mark with a victory in this one. The US are also the reigning champions after beating Jamaica 2-1 in the 2017 edition.
On the other hand, these two have faced each other five times in Gold Cup finals, with Mexico winning the title four of those times, including 2011, which is the last time both CONCACAF giants made the final.