The base of the Campeones Cup trophy. (Photo courtesy of MLS)
The silver and gold Campeones Cup trophy was unveiled Thursday prior to the inaugural match between the reigning Liga MX champions Tigres UANL and Major League Soccer champs Toronto FC.
The match will be hosted by Toronto FC Wednesday, September 19 at 8:15 p.m. ET at BMO Field in Toronto.
Tigres UANL, one of the most successful clubs in Liga MX and winner of Campeón de Campeones, will represent the Mexican league. Toronto FC earned the right to participate in Campeones Cup after becoming the 2017 MLS Cup champion, defeating the Seattle Sounders FC.
The Campeones Cup will be an annual event that is part of a multi-year collaboration between MLS and Liga MX.
The trophy – mounted on an obsidian base – features a petal harvesting the iconic gold One, the primary element of the newly introduced brand that reflects the partnership between leagues as well as the ultimate search for supremacy. Designed and produced by metalsmith Jose Juan Marmolejo of Mexico-based Izta Galerias, the modern and dynamic trophy is made of silver and is 24 karat gold leaf gilded.
“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. 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,” Marmolejo said. “We hope it is well received by the fans, and of course by the clubs fighting for it.”
Weighing 21.16 pounds and measuring almost 20 inches in height with a diameter of 6.6 inches at its highest point, the base consists of obsidian extracted from Teotihuacan, an ancient Mesoamerican city located in the Valley of Mexico, just northeast of Mexico City.