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Leagues Cup 2024 bracket, schedule, standings as Lionel Messi, Inter Miami aim to defend MLS vs Liga MX title

Lionel Messi and Inter Miami look to defend their Leagues Cup title in 2024 as the competition enters the second year of its existence.

The Leagues Cup debuted in 2023, as both Major League Soccer and Liga MX clubs took a break from domestic league action to contest a knockout competition against one another.

Messi helped the Leagues Cup explode onto the U.S. soccer scene, leading Inter Miami to its first ever trophy as he made his club debut in the competition and pushed the team to silverware in dramatic fashion.

Now, details for the 2024 competition have been released as the two North American leagues have come together to tweak the format and layout of the tournament in a response to criticism.

The Sporting News brings you the groups, fixtures, and schedule for this year’s Leagues Cup as 46 clubs hope to dethrone Messi and Inter Miami.

MORE: How does the 2024 Leagues Cup work? A full breakdown of the new format with latest tweaks

How to watch 2024 Leagues Cup


As was the case in 2023, all Leagues Cup matches across the entirety of the tournament will stream on MLS Season Pass for all subscribers across the world.

In the United States, select matches will be broadcast on FOX Sports, while TSN and RDS will have select games for air on TV in Canada. For those games, FOX and FS1 are available to stream on Fubo USA, while TSN and RDS are available to stream on Fubo Canada.

There will also be Spanish-language broadcasts of select matches in the USA, with that channel also available on Fubo.

Leagues Cup 2024 schedule, format

The 2024 Leagues Cup will proceed largely as it did in its inaugural 2023 season, with a few format tweaks.

As was the case in its first year, all 47 teams from across the United States, Canada, and Mexico (29 from MLS and 18 from Liga MX) will take part in the tournament, first contesting a group stage before a 32-team knockout bracket determines the eventual winner.

The group stage consists of 45 teams, with the previous year’s league champions from both leagues — Columbus Crew and Club America — earning a bye to the knockout round. All other clubs were arranged into 15 groups of three by a selection process that included ranking the clubs into three tiers and crafting groups with one club from each tier, with geographical proximity taken into account.

The top two teams in each group will qualify for the knockout round, with all group matches played across 90 minutes. Three points are awarded for a win and one point for a draw, but with one additional quirk: all matches ending in a draw proceed to a penalty shootout, whereby the winner earns an additional point, much like the NHL.

Once the knockout-round bracket is set, play proceeds as usual in single-elimination competition until a winner is crowned, with a spot in next year’s CONCACAF Champions Cup on the line.

Round Dates Teams
Group Stage Jul. 26-TBD 47
Round of 32 TBD 32
Round of 16 TBD 16
Quarterfinals TBD 8
Semifinals TBD 4
Final Sun, Aug. 25 2

Leagues Cup 2024 standings, fixtures, results

Group Stage

The group stage of the 2024 Leagues Cup features 15 groups of three teams each, broken apart by East and West, crafted with geographical proximity in mind.

Each group will be contested in a single location, hosted by the group’s highest-ranked MLS team, with the exception of groups that include a Liga MX club with hub rights.

East 1

Host venue: TQL Stadium (Cincinnati, OH)

Pos Team GP Pts W-D-L GD
1. FC Cincinnati 0 0 0-0-0 0
2. NYCFC 0 0 0-0-0 0
3. Queretaro 0 0 0-0-0 0

East 2

Host venue: Exploria Stadium (Orlando, FL)

Pos Team GP Pts W-D-L GD
1. Orlando City 0 0 0-0-0 0
2. Atletico de San Luis 0 0 0-0-0 0
3. CF Montreal 0 0 0-0-0 0

East 3

Host venue: TBD (Tigres “hub” city)

Pos Team GP Pts W-D-L GD
1. Tigres 0 0 0-0-0 0
2. Puebla 0 0 0-0-0 0
3. Inter Miami 0 0 0-0-0 0

East 4

Host venue: Subaru Park (Philadelphia, PA)

Pos Team GP Pts W-D-L GD
1. Philadelphia Union 0 0 0-0-0 0
2. Charlotte FC 0 0 0-0-0 0
3. Cruz Azul 0 0 0-0-0 0

East 5

Host venue: Gillette Stadium (Foxboro, MA)

Pos Team GP Pts W-D-L GD
1. New England Rev. 0 0 0-0-0 0
2. Nashville SC 0 0 0-0-0 0
3. Mazatlan 0 0 0-0-0 0

East 6

Host venue: Red Bull Arena (Harrison, NJ)

Pos Team GP Pts W-D-L GD
1. Pachuca 0 0 0-0-0 0
2. NY Red Bulls 0 0 0-0-0 0
3. Toronto FC 0 0 0-0-0 0

East 7

Host venue: Mercedes-Benz Stadium (Atlanta, GA)

Pos Team GP Pts W-D-L GD
1. Atlanta United 0 0 0-0-0 0
2. Santos Laguna 0 0 0-0-0 0
3. DC United 0 0 0-0-0 0

West 1

Host venue: TBD (Monterrey “hub” city)

Pos Team GP Pts W-D-L GD
1. Monterrey 0 0 0-0-0 0
2. Pumas 0 0 0-0-0 0
3. Austin FC 0 0 0-0-0 0

West 2

Host venue: TBD (Chivas “hub” city)

Pos Team GP Pts W-D-L GD
1. Chivas 0 0 0-0-0 0
2. San Jose Earthquakes 0 0 0-0-0 0
3. LA Galaxy 0 0 0-0-0 0

West 3

Host venue: CITYPARK (St. Louis, MO)

Pos Team GP Pts W-D-L GD
1. St. Louis City 0 0 0-0-0 0
2. FC Dallas 0 0 0-0-0 0
3. Juarez 0 0 0-0-0 0

West 4

Host venue: Children’s Mercy Park (Kansas City, KS)

Pos Team GP Pts W-D-L GD
1. Toluca 0 0 0-0-0 0
2. Sporting KC 0 0 0-0-0 0
3. Chicago Fire 0 0 0-0-0 0

West 5

Host venue: Providence Park (Portland, OR)

Pos Team GP Pts W-D-L GD
1. Club Leon 0 0 0-0-0 0
2. Portland Timbers 0 0 0-0-0 0
3. Colorado Rapids 0 0 0-0-0 0

West 6

Host venue: Lumen Field (Seattle, WA)

Pos Team GP Pts W-D-L GD
1. Seattle Sounders 0 0 0-0-0 0
2. Minnesota United 0 0 0-0-0 0
3. Necaxa 0 0 0-0-0 0

West 7

Host venue: BMO Stadium (Los Angeles, CA)

Pos Team GP Pts W-D-L GD
1. LAFC 0 0 0-0-0 0
2. Vancouver Whitecaps 0 0 0-0-0 0
3. Tijuana 0 0 0-0-0 0

West 8

Host venue: Shell Energy Stadium (Houston, TX)

Pos Team GP Pts W-D-L GD
1. Houston Dynamo 0 0 0-0-0 0
2. Real Salt Lake 0 0 0-0-0 0
3. Atlas 0 0 0-0-0 0

Knockout Stage

One new feature of the 2024 Leagues Cup is the “hub” system to give deserving Liga MX clubs a softer travel burden. The highest-ranking Liga MX clubs in the Leagues Cup tiered system are given “hosting rights” through various stages of the knockout bracket, seeing them designated with a “host city” that allows the club to avoid traveling up to a certain point should they reach deeper into the knockout round.

Club America have “hub” rights through the semifinal, Monterrey have “hub” rights through the Round of 16, Chivas have “hub” rights through the Round of 32, and Tigres have “hub” rights for the group stage. Each club will be designated a city in which they may remain through their maximum stage before having to travel to the home city of a potential MLS opponent.

Round of 32

Date Time (ET) Match Location
TBD TBD M1: TBD vs. TBD  
TBD TBD M2: TBD vs. TBD  
TBD TBD M3: TBD vs. TBD  
TBD TBD M4: TBD vs. TBD  
TBD TBD M5: TBD vs. TBD  
TBD TBD M6: TBD vs. TBD  
TBD TBD M7: TBD vs. TBD  
TBD TBD M8: TBD vs. TBD  
TBD TBD M9: TBD vs. TBD  
TBD TBD M10: TBD vs. TBD  
TBD TBD M11: TBD vs. TBD  
TBD TBD M12: TBD vs. TBD  
TBD TBD M13: TBD vs. TBD  
TBD TBD M14: TBD vs. TBD  
TBD TBD M15: TBD vs. TBD  
TBD TBD M16: TBD vs. TBD  

Round of 16

Date Time (ET) Match Location
TBD TBD M1: TBD vs. TBD  
TBD TBD M2: TBD vs. TBD  
TBD TBD M3: TBD vs. TBD  
TBD TBD M4: TBD vs. TBD  
TBD TBD M5: TBD vs. TBD  
TBD TBD M6: TBD vs. TBD  
TBD TBD M7: TBD vs. TBD  
TBD TBD M8: TBD vs. TBD  

Quarterfinals

Date Time (ET) Match Location
TBD TBD QF1: TBD vs. TBD  
TBD TBD QF2: TBD vs. TBD  
TBD TBD QF3: TBD vs. TBD  
TBD TBD QF4: TBD vs. TBD  

Semifinals

Date Time (ET) Match Location
TBD TBD SF1: TBD vs. TBD  
TBD TBD SF2: TBD vs. TBD  

Final

Date Time (ET) Match Location
TBD TBD SF1 winner vs. SF2 winner  
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