MLS and Liga MX on Thursday unveiled the sleek new trophy for the Campeones Cup, the new competition between the champions of the two leagues, ahead of the inaugural edition between Toronto FC and Tigres UANL later this month.
Designed and produced by metalsmith Jose Juan Marmolejo of Mexico-based Izta Galerias, the trophy is made of silver and gilded with 24-karat gold leaf, featuring a petal harvesting an iconic gold one, representing the partnership between the two leagues as well as the North American bragging rights on offer for its winner:
It weighs just over 21 pounds (9.6 kilos) and measuring almost 20 inches (50 cm) in height with a base made of obsidian extracted from Teotihuacan, an ancient Mesoamerican city located in the Valley of Mexico, just northeast of Mexico City.
"The Campeones Cup trophy is special because besides it being about a new and historic tournament and a great alliance, it is also about a new and historic piece of art,” said Marmolejo. “Composed of pure materials and elaborated with the highest quality standards, there was a focus in it reflecting the transcending importance of what the game will be. We hope it is well received by the fans, and of course by the clubs fighting for it.”
TFC and Tigres, the 2017 champions of the respective leagues, will meet at BMO Field in the Campeones Cup’s inaugural edition on Sept. 19 (8:15 pm ET | Buy tickets).
The Campeones Cup is a yearly event that is part of a larger, multi-year collaboration between MLS and Liga MX which also includes a sharing of best business practices and a collaboration around social responsibility efforts to drive positive social change.