MIAMI, Florida – This Friday at 7:00 PM ET, Concacaf will be airing a re-broadcast both legs of the 2019 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League Final between Monterrey and Tigres UANL on Concacaf’s Facebook and YouTube pages, in addition to the Concacaf App.
After dodging early scares in the Round of 16, Monterrey and Tigres UANL started to build steam toward the Final in the quarterfinal round.
Monterrey played host to reigning MLS champions Atlanta United in the first leg in Monterrey. A tight 1-0 Rayados lead suddenly ballooned to a 3-0 advantage in the final 10 minutes, with Monterrey scoring in the 80’ and 84’ and put Atlanta United on their heels. Head Coach Diego Alonso’s side then put forth a masterful defensive performance in the second leg in Atlanta, holding off the Georgia outfit until the 78’ before nailing down a 3-1 aggregate victory.
Tigres were at their absolute best in their quarterfinal against the Houston Dynamo of MLS. The Felinos delivered a dominating performance in Houston’s BBVA Compass Stadium and walked out with a convincing 2-0 victory thanks to late scores from 2019 SCCL Golden Boot winner Enner Valencia and Julian Quinones. The second leg saw Tigres never relinquish control, as they sealed their passage to the semifinals with a 1-0 win in the match and 3-0 on aggregate.
Santos Laguna and the New York Red Bulls put on a show in their quarterfinal series. A goal on either side of halftime gave Santos a 2-0 win in the first leg at Red Bull Arena, but the MLS side would turn the tables in the second leg, scoring two goals inside the first 10 minutes in Mexico to even the series 2-2.
Just when it looked like things might be headed to a penalty shootout, Santos went on a blistering run, scoring four goals in a span of 10 minutes, which included a wondergoal from Brian Lozano. The Uruguayan launched a shot from 65 meters out that flew over the head of Red Bulls GK Luis Robles and nestled into goal as part of a 4-2 win for Santos in the match and 6-2 on aggregate.
The final quarterfinal series saw Independiente of Panama looking to knock out another MLS side in Sporting Kansas City after previously eliminating Toronto FC 5-1 in the Round of 16. Things started off well for the Canaleros, with a 2-1 win on front of the home fans in the first leg.
That 2-1 aggregate lead was holding up in the second leg thanks to the play of Independiente GK Jose Guerra, who made a number of spectacular saves to maintain his team’s advantage. The dam would finally break though in the 74’, as Sporting Kansas City poured in three goals in the final 16 minutes to punch their ticket to the semifinals with a 4-2 win on aggregate.