El Trafico IV is July 19th. On the 27th, Guillermo Barros Schelotto’s men travel to a renovated Providence Park to take on the Portland Timbers.
Sandwiched in-between these two pivotal matchups, the LA Galaxy will battle Club Tijuana on July 23rd at Dignity Health Sports Park as part of the inaugural Leagues Cup, a joint competition between MLS and Liga MX clubs. The Chicago Fire, Houston Dynamo, Real Salt Lake and LA Galaxy represent the domestic clubs while Club America, Cruz Azul, Tigres UANL and Club Tijuana are the competing Liga MX squads.
“We are excited to take our partnership with Liga MX to the next level with Leagues Cup,” league commissioner Don Garber echoed in a statement. “We have an intense rivalry between our national teams, and Leagues Cup provides a terrific opportunity to increase the growing rivalry between MLS and Liga MX clubs.
“The rivalry between Liga MX and MLS clubs as well as the sporting level of both competitions grows constantly,” adds Liga MX Executive President Enrique Bonilla. “We are aware that there are a great number of fans around the region who follow the leagues and we believe that Leagues Cup will allow us to bring Liga MX and that great fanbase closer together, while fortifying our sport in the region, which is already the most important in the continent in regards to infrastructure, media impact and the quality of the competition.