InterLiga to return to Houston, Dallas, L.A.

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InterLiga will return to Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., for the finals of the 2010 edition, tournament organizers announced Tuesday.

The HDC -- which has been the venue for each of the first six years of the tournament -- will host the final, to be played on Jan. 12, 2010. Unlike the last previous years, however, the final will not be on a Sunday. Jan. 12 falls on a Tuesday.

Also tabbed as sites for the tournament are Robertson Stadium in Houston and Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas.

InterLiga will determine the two Mexican teams' berths into Copa Libertadores. Eight Mexican teams are split into two groups, and the group winners play the group runners-up in the final with two spots in Copa Libertadores at stake.

Because the Mexican Football Federation briefly pulled out of all South American tournaments earlier this year due to H1N1 flu fears from South America, Chivas and San Luis are not eligible to participate in InterLiga. Both teams had reached the second round of the 2009 edition but were unable to play their series.

When the FMF and CONMEBOL agreed that Mexico would rejoin the Copa Libertadores, both Chivas and San Luis were given automatic berths in the knockout rounds of South America's biggest club tournament.

Also not eligible to participate in the tournament are Toluca, Pachuca, Cruz Azul and Pumas since the quartet is involved in the CONCACAF Champions League. Additionally, the club that finishes first in the Apertura 2009 standings will not be eligible to play in InterLiga either, as that club will qualify directly to Copa Libertadores.

The full field will be finalized after the completion of the regular season.

InterLiga calendar

Sat., Jan. 2 -- Robertson Stadium, HoustonSun., Jan. 3 -- Pizza Hut Park, Frisco, TexasTues., Jan. 5 -- Pizza Hut Park, Frisco, TexasWed., Jan. 6 -- Robertson Stadium, HoustonSat., Jan. 9 -- Home Depot Center, Carson, Calif.Sun., Jan. 10 -- Home Depot Center, Carson, Calif.Tues., Jan. 12 -- FINALS: Home Depot Center, Carson, Calif.