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Preliminary Rosters Announced Ahead of Campeones Cup Between Columbus Crew and Cruz Azul on September 29 in Columbus

September 22, 2021 - Major League Soccer (MLS) News Release


NEW YORK CITY AND MEXICO CITY - Preliminary rosters for the 2021 Campeones Cup - the annual clash between the reigning MLS and Liga MX Champions - have been announced. The Columbus Crew will host Cruz Azul on Wednesday, September 29 at the Crew's brand-new stadium, Lower.com Field (8:00 p.m. ET on Univision, TUDN and ESPN2 in the U.S., TSN and TVA Sports in Canada, and Canal 5 in Mexico) in Columbus, OH, to decide which league takes the title.

Tickets for Campeones Cup are available via Ticketmaster.com and at this link. Fans are encouraged to visit www.CampeonesCup.com to sign-up for the latest information.

Campeones Cup, together with Leagues Cup, are part of a larger partnership between the two most important soccer leagues in North America, MLS and LIGA MX, launched in 2018. The partnership is rooted not only in the on-field rivalry, designed to strengthen the sport in the region, but by a true spirit of collaboration off it, with a focus on sharing best practices and on being a force for positive change in the local communities of both leagues.

Campeones Cup will wrap up five weeks of exciting MLS vs. LIGA MX matchups, including tonight's Leagues Cup Final featuring MLS' Seattle Sounders and LIGA MX's Club León (Allegiant Stadium - Las Vegas, NV), 7 p.m. ET (ESPN2, UniMás, TUDN). These two finals come on the heel of yesterday's announcement of a reimagined Leagues Cup, which will be an official competition of the Concacaf Champions League (CCL), with the tournament champion earning automatic qualification for the CCL round of 16. In addition, clubs finishing second and third in Leagues Cup starting in 2023 will qualify for the Opening Round of the CCL.

Campeones Cup is sponsored by BODYARMOR, GEICO, Procter & Gamble and Diageo and will be broadcast across the region on Univision, TUDN and ESPN2 in the U.S., TSN and TVA Sports in Canada, and Canal 5 in Mexico.

PRELIMINARY ROSTERS

Columbus Crew:

Goalkeepers: Eloy Room, Eric Dick, Evan Bush

Defenders: Josh Williams, Jonathan Mensah, Vito Wormgoor, Waylon Francis, Marlon Hairston, Milton Valenzuela, Grant Lillard, Harrison Afful, Saad Abdul-Salaam, Aboubacar Keita, Steven Moreira

Midfielders: Perry Kitchen, Darlington Nagbe, Pedro Santos, Artur, Kevin Molino, Lucas Zelarayan, Luis Diaz, Isaiah Parente, Liam Fraser, Alexandru Matan, Aidan Morris, Derrick Etienne Jr.

Forwards: Gyasi Zardes, Miguel Berry, Erik Hurtado, Bradley Wright-Phillips

Head coach: Caleb Porter

Cruz Azul:

Goalkeepers: Jesús Corona, Andres Gudiño, Sebastian Jurado, Alfredo Cabañas

Defenders: Josue Reyes, Jaiber Jimenez, Julio Dominguez, Alexis Peña, Luis Romo, Joaquin Martinez, Adrian Aldrete, Pablo Aguilar, Juan Escobar

Midfielders: Luis Mendoza, Romulo Otero, Jose Rivero, Lucas Passerini, Yoshimar Yotun, Alexis Gutierrez, Rafael Baca, Roberto Alvarado, Guillermo Fernandez, Oberlin Pineda, Cristian Jimenez, Cristopher Benitez

Forwards: Bryan Angulo, Jonathan Rodríguez, Santiago Gimenez, Walter Montoya, Emmanuel Gutierrez

Head coach: Juan Reynoso

Campeones Cup is sponsored by BODYARMOR, GEICO, Procter & Gamble and Diageo and will be broadcast across the region on Univision, TUDN and ESPN2 in the U.S., TSN and TVA Sports in Canada, and Canal 5 in Mexico.


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