Major League Soccer and Liga MX have established a formal partnership, recently holding the inaugural Campeones Cup between the winners of the respective leagues, and the relationship only stands to grow.
ESPN reported on Wednesday the comments of Liga MX president Enrique Bonilla, who spoke of the possibility of a combined North American league between Canada, the United States and Mexico arising from the 2026 World Cup, to be held jointly in the three countries.
"It's a possibility, a North American league," Bonilla told reporters at the Leaders summit at Chelsea's Stamford Bridge stadium, as quoted in the report. "We have to determine how and see the pros and cons, but I think that's a way to grow and to compete again.
"If we can make a World Cup then we can make a North American league or a North American cup. The main idea is that we have to grow together to compete. If not, there is only going to be the rich guys in Europe and the rest of the world.
"We think this opportunity with the World Cup in 2026 opens the door for us to make a lot of things different and better."
In a statement, MLS executive vice president of communications Dan Courtemanche touted the strengthening bond and idea exchange between MLS and Liga MX.
"In March, Major League Soccer entered into a formal partnership with Liga MX, and last month we held our inaugural Campeones Cup between Toronto FC and Tigres," Courtemanche said.
"We have been discussing with Liga MX additional ways we can collaborate on and off the field, and we are excited about the future opportunities that exist between our two leagues."