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.
The road to the Final between the city rivals started back in the Round of 16, and Rayados found the going very tough against El Salvador’s Alianza. A 0-0 draw in the first leg in El Salvador gave way to another tight contest in the return leg in Mexico.
Monterrey looked set to take a lead in the second half, only to see Alianza GK Rafael Garcia save Nicolas Sanchez’s penalty. Minutes later Alianza came within a whisker of a massive away goal, but were denied by the post. In the end, Sanchez would net the winning goal via the penalty spot in the 86’, earning the Liga MX club a berth in the quarterfinals.
Tigres UANL also had a complicated start and were staring at a deficit following a 1-0 loss in Costa Rica versus Deportivo Saprissa in the first leg. The second leg was all Tigres though, as Enner Valencia’s hat trick paved the way for a 5-1 win in the match and 5-2 on aggregate.
Santos Laguna rank as the winningest team in SCCL history (34 wins) and also the team with the most goals scored in SCCL history (140 goals) and the Torreon club’s series with Marathon of Honduras perfectly encapsulated that. Javier Correa’s hat trick powered Santos to a 6-2 win in Honduras in the first leg, while five different players scored in a 5-0 second leg triumph.
Atletico Pantoja became just the second team from the Dominican Republic to appear in the SCCL and they were matched with 2018 SCCL semifinalists New York Red Bulls in the Round of 16. Atletico Pantoja showed a lot of fight and heart in both legs, but thanks to a 2-0 win in the Dominican Republic and a 3-0 win at home, the Red Bulls won the series 5-0.
Guatemalan football marked their return to the SCCL with Guastatoya squaring off against the Houston Dynamo. DF DaMarcus Beasley struck late to earn Houston a 1-0 win in Guatemala in the first leg, but the Chapines evened the series in the second half of the second leg through Aaron Navarro. However, a late brace from Mauro Manotas made the different and gave Houston their first ever SCCL knockout round series win, 3-1 on aggregate.
Sporting Kansas City made some history in their convincing 5-0 series win over Liga MX club Toluca. The MLS side won the first leg 3-0 and then became just the third MLS team to win a SCCL knockout round match on Mexican soil with a 2-0 victory at Toluca. It was also just the sixth time than an MLS team had eliminated a Liga MX opponent from the SCCL.
Fresh off of their Final appearance in the 2018 SCCL, Toronto FC looked to make another deep run in the 2019 edition, but debutants Independiente of Panama had other ideas and overran the Canadians with a 4-0 win in Panama in the first leg. Despite frigid conditions in the second leg in Toronto, the Canalero club once again brought the heat and earned a 1-1 draw to eliminate Toronto FC 5-1 on aggregate.
In their first ever SCCL match, Atlanta United were given a harsh lesson on the difficulty of playing Costa Rican giants Herediano on their home turf, as the Ticos handed the reigning MLS champions a 3-1 defeat in the first leg. Atlanta United would recover nicely though in front of their home fans, collecting a 4-0 victory on their way to a 5-3 aggregate win.