Friday April 12th, 2024 7:38AM

Atlanta United to host D.C. United, Santos Laguna in Leagues Cup

By ATLUTD Communications

ATLANTA – The Leagues Cup 2024 Group Stage Schedule and Bracket Announcement on Thursday revealed Atlanta United’s Group Stage schedule for the second edition of the competition.

Atlanta will feature in the tournament’s opening match against D.C. United on Friday, July 26 (8 p.m. ET) at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The club will then host Santos Laguna on Sunday, Aug. 4 (4 p.m. ET) at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

All matches will be available on MLS Season Pass on the Apple TV app while TelevisaUnivision, TV Azteca, FOX Sports (FS1), TSN and RDS will broadcast 15 Group Stage matches in Canada, Mexico and the United States.

The club's 2024 season ticket package will include the D.C. United match. Season Ticket Members will receive ticket information regarding the Santos Laguna match and Knockout Round matches today. Tickets to Atlanta’s Group Stage matches against D.C. United and Santos Laguna will begin to go on sale to the public on Friday, April 5 at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster.com. Limited premium season ticket packages are still available. For more information, visit www.atlutd.com/tickets/premium.

The second edition of the Concacaf-sanctioned competition features all 18 clubs from the Mexican league, LIGA MX, and all 29 clubs from Major League Soccer (MLS) representing the U.S. and Canada. These 47 clubs will compete in a World Cup-style club tournament from July 26 to Aug. 25, 2024. Leagues Cup 2024, to be held in Canada and the United States, will determine three qualifiers for the 2025 Concacaf Champions Cup, with the winner of Concacaf Champions Cup representing the region at the FIFA Club World Cup.

Leagues Cup 2024 Group Stage Schedule 

The Leagues Cup Group Stage kicks off on Friday, July 26 (8:00 p.m. ET) between two MLS clubs, Atlanta United facing D.C. United at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia followed by the first LIGA MX vs. MLS match where Pumas battles Austin FC (9 p.m. ET) at Q2 Stadium in Austin, Texas, the first in the highly anticipated series of matchups between the two leagues. Also on opening night, LAFC hosts Tijuana at BMO Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif. (11:00 p.m. ET), and Seattle Sounders takes on Minnesota United at Lumen Field in Seattle, Wash. (10:00 p.m. ET).

The Leagues Cup reigning champion Inter Miami CF will begin the defense of its title on Saturday, July 27 against Puebla at Chase Stadium in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

The Leagues Cup Group Stage will conclude with 15 matches between Aug. 3-6 including exciting cross-league matches such as the highly-awaited Group East 3 match up on Saturday, Aug. 3 where Tigres will host Inter Miami at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas (8:00 p.m. ET), Monterrey hosts Pumas at Q2 Stadium (10 p.m. ET) and on Sunday, Aug. 4, Chivas hosts LA Galaxy at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif. (10:30 p.m. ET).

The complete Leagues Cup 2024 Group Stage schedule along with broadcast details can be found here.

Advancing teams will compete in the single-game elimination knockout rounds, beginning with the Round of 32 from Aug. 7-9 (16 matches), followed by the Round of 16 from August 12-13 (eight matches). The eight advancing teams will compete in the Leagues Cup Quarterfinals on Aug. 16-17 (four matches) before the two semifinal matches on Aug. 20 or 21.

The Leagues Cup 2024 Final and the Third-place match will be played on Saturday, Aug. 25, which will determine the three clubs that will qualify for the 2025 Concacaf Champions League. The game times and broadcast details for the elimination rounds and Finals will be announced once the match ups are known.

Leagues Cup 2024 Bracket and Venues

As part of today’s Leagues Cup 2024 Bracket Announcement presented by Coors Light, the official tournament bracket – which confirms the East and West region matchups and pathway to the grand final - can be downloaded here.

As previously announced, Leagues Cup 2024 introduced a tournament ranking system and hub privileges for the highest-ranked LIGA MX clubs. The Leagues Cup ranking is based on combined MLS and LIGA MX club performance in the last 34 regular season matches. MLS teams are ranked based on the 2023 MLS Supporters’ Shield standings, while LIGA MX clubs are ranked based on the cumulative 34 matches in the 2023 Clausura and Apertura tournaments.

All participating clubs, except the two Leagues’ champions, are divided into three tiers based on the Leagues Cup Ranking (1-15, 16-30, 31-45), forming 15 groups of three clubs each, prioritizing geographical and competitive balance among the 45 clubs. For 2024, Leagues Cup will be played in two regions, East and West, with seven groups in the East and eight in the West, to regionalize travel for all participating clubs. Both LIGA MX and MLS Cup champions, Club America and Columbus Crew respectively, receive automatic byes to the Round of 32.

The LIGA MX Champion and the three top-ranked LIGA MX clubs will be granted hub privileges. The cities and venues, which minimize travel and rewards the Mexican clubs by playing in pre-determined locations, are as follows:

  • Club America (LIGA MX league champion and No. 1 rank) will have hub privileges through the Semifinals in the state of California. Club America will debut at Snapdragon Stadium in San Diego on Aug. 9. Tickets will be on sale on Tuesday, March 26th. 
  • C.F. Monterrey (No. 2 rank) will have hub privileges in the state of Texas through the Round of 16, including both group stage matches against Austin FC and Pumas hosted at Q2 Stadium in Austin, Texas. Tickets will be on sale on Tuesday, March 19th. 
  • Chivas Guadalajara (ranked No. 5) will have hub privileges through the Round of 32 in the state of California, including their debut at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara on July 27 against the San Jose Earthquakes and Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson on Aug. 4 facing the LA Galaxy. Tickets to the Levi’s Stadium match will be on sale on Wednesday, March 27th .    
  • Tigres (No. 8 rank) will have hub privileges throughout the Group Stage in the state of Texas. Tigres will have both of its matches in Houston, including their debut at Shell Energy on July 31 against Puebla and have their second game at NRG Stadium against Inter Miami CF on Aug. 3. Tickets to both Tigres matches will be on sale on Tuesday, March 26th.

Also announced today, Columbus Crew and Club America, the respective MLS Cup and LIGA MX reigning champions, have learned their Round of 32 schedule. Columbus Crew begin their run on Thursday, Aug. 8, hosting the second-place finisher in Group West 4 at Lower.com Field in Columbus, Ohio (time TBD), while Club America will make its knock-out stage appearance on Friday, Aug. 9 hosting the second-place finisher in Group West 8 at Snapdragon Stadium in San Diego, Calif. (time TBD). For more information about the format, ranking and groups, further details can be found at LeaguesCup.com.

Fans in over 100 countries and regions – including Canada, Mexico and the United States - 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, TV Azteca, FOX Sports (FS1), TSN and RDS will be the linear broadcast home for selected matches in Mexico, United States and Canada.

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