Las Vegas to host first Leagues Cup Final soccer match
The Las Vegas sports scene scored a major GOOOOOAAAAAL with the July 11 announcement that the city will host the first-ever finals showdown of the new, annual Leagues Cup soccer competition between the top two leagues in North America this fall.
In a tournament called “The Road to Vegas,” the 2019 Leagues Cup will pit four clubs each from Major League Soccer (MLS) and Mexico’s Liga MX against each other in a single-elimination competition July 23-24 at the stadiums of the MSL clubs. Semifinals will take place Aug. 20 at venues to be determined by quarterfinal results.
Then the Vegas capper: On Sept. 18, Sam Boyd Stadium will be the site of the final clash between the two surviving teams, in an event organized with the support of MGM Resorts and Las Vegas Events.
“We are such a perfect spot,” said Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman. “We’re right next to Southern California where the interest in sports and most specifically, soccer is huge. We’ve become a hot spot for sports, as everybody knows.”
Added MLS Commissioner Don Garber: “We were looking for a non-MLS city … as we do many times when we’re looking at potential new city opportunities for expansion, and Las Vegas was No. 1 on the list. There’s so much excitement happening here with the Knights, and the Lights. We’ve been trying to do something with Mayor Goodman for many, many years now. We brought a Mexican exhibition game here a number of years ago that was very successful at Sam Boyd, so this was a logical next step.”