MIAMI, Florida – When it comes to the Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League, no team is more decorated than Monterrey. The Rayados have four SCCL titles to their name, including an impressive run from 2010-13 when they won the crown three consecutive seasons.
Here is a look back on Monterrey’s four SCCL titles.
If there was one constant to Monterrey’s three-year title run, it was the presence of Head Coach Victor Manuel Vucetich. Known as the ‘Rey Midas’, the Mexican manager pulled all the right strings, beginning in the 2010-11 SCCL when his team finished first in their four-team group consisting of Marathon of Honduras, Saprissa of Costa Rica and the Seattle Sounders of MLS.
If there was a hallmark of Monterrey’s 2010-11 SCCL, it was the clean sheet. Seven times Monterrey registered a shutout as it won the SCCL with an unbeaten 9W-3D-0L record, with 19 goals scored and eight conceded.
In the Final against Real Salt Lake after a 2-2 draw in the first leg in Mexico, it was fitting to see Monterrey win the title 3-2 on aggregate with a 1-0 win in the second leg.
A year later in the 2011/12 SCCL, Monterrey brought their best scoring boots. In the 12 matches played by the Liga MX squad, a whopping 25 goals were scored by the Rayados and just nine conceded.
It was not easy though. Despite another first-place finish in their four-team group with the Seattle Sounders, Guatemala’s Comunicaciones and Herediano of Costa Rica, Vucetich’s men suffered two defeats in the group stage: a 1-0 defeat at home to Seattle and a 1-0 loss at Comunicaciones.
But it was in the knockout stage when Monterrey hit their stride, notching 14 goals in six games in eliminating fellow Liga MX clubs Morelia (QF), Pumas (SF) and Santos Laguna 3-2 on aggregate in the Final to finish with an overall record of 8W-1D-3L.
Yet it was in the 2012/13 SCCL when Monterrey really exhibited their scoring prowess, recording 26 goals while limiting opponents to just five goals. Of note was its group stage campaign, as Monterrey outscored opponents Municipal of Guatemala and Chorrillo of Panama 15-0 in four matches.
The knockout round would see Vucetich’s side deliver their finest football, as they eliminated Xelaju of Guatemala and the Los Angeles Galaxy of MLS in the quarterfinals and semifinals, respectively. But the moment all Rayados fans will remember is the second half of the second leg of the Final versus Santos Laguna. Staring at an 0-2 deficit with Santos having scored two away goals in Monterrey, Rayados sent the home crowd into delirium with a dramatic four-goal comeback in the final half-hour to win the title, ending the SCCL with another unbeaten record of 8W-2D-0L.
Fans in the northern Mexican city would have to wait six years for the next Concacaf title, but in the end, it was well worth it, as Rayados topped city rivals Tigres UANL in the Final.
Serving as Head Coach was Diego Alonso, a previous SCCL winner himself with Pachuca in 2016-17, and the Uruguyan boss pulled all the right strings again, guiding Monterrey past El Salvador’s Alianza 1-0 in the Round of 16, before an impressive 3-1 win against Atlanta United of MLS in the quarterfinals.
Monterrey then etched their names into the Concacaf record books by becoming the first team to score 10 goals in an SCCL semifinal series, as they rolled past Sporting Kansas City 10-2 in the semifinals.
That set the stage for the Final with their city rivals, and Rayados were in control nearly the whole way to earn a 2-1 win and their fourth SCCL title with an overall record of 5W-2D-1L record, with 16 goals scored and just four conceded.