The Crew will face Club América and St. Louis CITY SC in Leagues Cup 2023 group

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The Black & Gold will host some exciting opposition this summer.

After announcing the creation of the new Leagues Cup between Major League Soccer and LIGA MX that will begin this summer, fans now have a better idea of what to expect from the tournament. On Friday, he leagues announced the group stage opponent details for the 2023 Leagues Cup, which will take place from Friday, July 21 until the final on Saturday, August 19.

The Columbus Crew has been drawn into the Central 1 group where the Black & Gold will host LIGA MX powerhouse Club América, the most successful club in Mexico, and promising MLS newcomers St. Louis CITY SC at Lower.com Field.

Leagues Cup 2023 will be a step in a new direction for North American soccer, as this year’s tournament follows a new structure. MLS and Liga MX will pause their respective leagues each summer and all 47 first-division clubs in Canada, Mexico and the United States will compete in the World Cup-style tournament. The Leagues Cup begins with 15 groups of three teams with the MLS and Liga MX champions receiving a bye to the round of 32. The winner and the second- and third-place finishers will qualify for the CONCACAF Champions League, allowing these side the chance to earn a spot in the FIFA Club World Cup.

Club América has a storied history of tradition and success. The club is a seven-time winner of the CONCACAF Champions Cup/Champions League, having most recently won the 2015-16 edition of the tournament. On top of their continental success, Club América has won six Copa MX titles and the Campeon de Campeones six times.

Having finished second place in aggregate in the 2021-22 Liga MX season and appearing in both of the season’s Liguilla tournaments, reaching the quarterfinals, Club América boasts a strong side. The Club América squad features Mexican National Team stars defender Nestor Araujo and forward Henry Martin, both of whom represented their country at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

St. Louis plays its inaugural season in MLS in 2023 and will join as the 29th team in the league as part of the Western Conference. CITY has made strong moves in the offseason to bolster the team’s roster and be ready to compete from the get-go, including goalkeeper Roman Bürki from Borussia Dortmund, midfielder Indiana Vassilev from Aston Villa and forward Nicholas Gioacchinni from Orlando City. This first-ever meeting between the Crew and St. Louis will be in the Leagues Cup, as the two MLS sides are not scheduled to play in the league.

Crew season ticket members will receive tickets to the Club América match as part of their 2023 season ticket membership, though match dates for both group games are to be determined.

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