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MLS vs. Liga MX: How both leagues match up in our Tale of the Tape

The battle for North American soccer supremacy has entered a new phase.

Following the announcement of a highly anticipated 2020 match between the All-Stars of Liga MX and MLS, the countdown is now set for the best of North America's top two leagues to take the stage at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles next summer.

Although we are still months away from analyzing and diving into the two sets of All-Star rosters, here's how both leagues measure up against one another in our “Tale of the Tape”:

Category MLS Liga MX
First Season 1996 1943
No. of Clubs (in 2020) 26 19
Reigning Champions Seattle Sounders Tigres
League Leaders LAFC Santos Laguna
Reigning MVP Carlos Vela Guido Rodriguez
Most Titles LA Galaxy (5) Club America (13)
Season Calendar February-November July-December (Apertura), January-May (Clausura)
Playoff Format Single elimination, top 7 in each conference Two-legged, top 8 in overall table
Most Expensive Transfer In Ezequiel Barco (reported $15 million) Rodolfo Pizarro (reported $16.8 million)
Most Expensive Transfer Out Miguel Almiron
(reported $27 million)
Edson Alvarez
(reported $17.1 million)
Transfer Windows Primary: February-May
Secondary: July-August
Summer: June-July
Winter: December-January
Campeones Cups 1 (2019 - Atlanta United) 1 (2018 - Tigres)
Leagues Cups 0 1 (2019 - Cruz Azul)
CCL/Champions Cups 2 (Champions Cups), 0 (CCL) 24 (Champions Cups), 11 (CCL)
Head-to-Head CCL 21W-52L-19D 52W-21L-19D
Commissioner/President Don Garber Enrique Bonilla
% of Players Born in Europe 15.7% 1.6%
% of Players Born in South America 16.6% 35.2%
No. of Players at 2018 World Cup 19 22
Twitter Followers 3.3 million 2.9 million
Average Attendance 21,305 22,829

EDITOR'S NOTE: Freelance writer Cesar Hernandez is an expert in all things Mexican soccer. He has covered Liga MX, the Mexican national team and Mexicans abroad for ESPN FC, The Athletic, The Guardian, FourFourTwo, VICE Sports and several other publications. Along with writing and previous radio appearances on the BBC, talkSPORT and SiriusXM FC, Cesar is also a member of the Mexican Soccer Show podcast.


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