TORONTO – The history of MLS teams against Mexican opposition makes for dire reading. In 75 encounters since 2008, MLS teams have won just 13 matches. For their part, Toronto FC have a record of one win, three draws, and four losses against Mexican clubs in the CONCACAF Champions League.
But come kickoff on Wednesday night at BMO Field, Toronto FC will look to buck that trend as they take on the reigning Liga MX champions, Tigres UANL, in the first leg of their quarterfinal series.
“It's an important test for us,” said Greg Vanney during the prematch press conference. “We worked hard, did a lot last year, earned the right to be in this tournament, which was one of our objectives. Now it's to win this tournament. The next team we have to play is Tigres, who are champions in their own right. This is the next test.”
“It's imperative that we get through them in order to achieve our goal,” said Vanney. “They're in the way.”