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MLS cancels all-star game, cup tournaments for 2020

RBNY to miss out on Leagues Cup berth

SOCCER: DEC 09 MLS Cup - State of the League Address Photo by Andy Mead/YCJ/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Major League Soccer and LigaMX confirmed on Tuesday that the recently-created Leagues Cup and Campeones Cup competitions will not take place in 2020 due to logistical difficulties posed by the coronavirus pandemic. The two leagues additionally confirmed that the MLS All-Star Game, set to be played against a LigaMX dream team at Banc of California stadium in Los Angeles, was also cancelled.

The second annual Leagues Cup tournament, a Europa League-styled competition between the second-tier league finishers in MLS and Mexico, was scheduled to be Red Bulls’ only continental competition this season following last season’s 6th-place conference finish.

Currently, reports abound of MLS plans to relocate all 26 clubs to the Disney sporting compound outside Orlando to operate a quarantined round robin cup competition in the late summer. This follows last week’s reopening of training on a limited basis in accordance with local public health policies. RBNY players and staff remain largely sheltered-in-place in the Tri-State Area, which continues to enforce some of the nation’s strictest lockdown advisories.

While a Leagues Cup title for Red Bull would likely have found a more prominent shelf in the club trophy case than the Emirates or La Manga cups, few tears will be shed for the loss of a tournament that asks us to pretend the SuperLiga never happened and brings out the worst in Metro legends.