In response to the growing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, Concacaf has suspended the 2020 Champions League with immediate effect. The tournament is in the quarterfinal round and LAFC was set to host Cruz Azul tonight; that match, as well as the remainder of the competition, will now be rescheduled for a later date.
In a press release, Concacaf stated, “Given the developments last night, including new guidance issued by countries, cities, and states, we have made the decision to suspend the Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League with immediate effect.”
The Champions League joins a growing list of suspended, postponed, and canceled sporting events; Major League Soccer, which has four teams in the CCL quarterfinals, has suspended the season for 30 days, while other U.S. leagues have outright canceled the remainder of their season.
The quarterfinals of the 2020 CONCACAF Champions League get underway this week, and three of Mexico’s four entrants remain in the competition.
León was eliminated in the round of sixteen after falling to LAFC 3-2 on aggregate; Tigres UANL, América, and Cruz Azul are still in contention, and they’ll all be facing Major League Soccer teams in the quarterfinals.
Cruz Azul will take on LAFC, Tigres will face NYCFC, and América was drawn against Atlanta United. The Águilas will start their series at home, while both La Máquina and the Universitarios will be away for their first legs.
The knockout rounds consist of two-legged, home-and-away series, with the winner determined by aggregate score. Away goals are tiebreakers.
The expected result came about in an unexpected fashion as Mexico beat Bermuda 2-1 in the conclusion of Group B play in the 2019-2020 CONCACAF Nations League. El Tri was expected to roll past Bermuda; instead, the visitors took the lead and were just minutes away from earning a historic draw before Mexico scored in stoppage time to complete the comeback.
Bermuda shocked the crowd in the Estadio Nemesio Diez in the 10th minute, when Dante Leverock headed home a corner kick from Osagi Bascome to make it 0-1 for the visitors.
The group stage of the 2019-20 CONCACAF Nations League wraps up this week, and Group B concludes with Mexico hosting Bermuda.
El Tri has gone three-for-three in the group stage and is already qualified for the semifinal round, while Bermuda is currently sitting in last place in the group table. They would move above Panama into second in the unlikely instance of earning a win or draw in Toluca; otherwise, they’ll remain in third.
The second-place finisher in each group will qualify for the next Gold Cup, while the third-place finishers will have to try to earn a spot there in another round of qualifying. In addition, the third-place finisher in each group will be relegated to League B for the next round of the Nations League tournament.
Mexico remained perfect in the group stage of the 2019 CONCACAF Nations League with a 0-3 away win against Panama. The result guarantees a spot for El Tri in the tournament semifinals.
Mexico had an early scare when Alberto Quintero got free on the right and sent a dangerous low cross in for Gabriel Torres, but Memo Ochoa as able to make the save to keep it 0-0 in the 4th minute. Torres felt he was fouled by César Montes on the play, but the referee was content to wave play on and there is no VAR in the Nations League.
The CONCACAF Nations League continues this month, and Mexico has games on both match days. First up, El Tri will travel to Panama to take on the Cañaleros in what will be the hosts’ final game of the group stage.
In their meeting in October in Mexico City, El Tri earned a 3-1 victory against the Panamanians to take sole possession of first place in Group B. As it stands, Mexico has six points from two games, while Panama and Bermuda both have three points from three games.
Mexico will look to keep their winning streak alive, while Panama will look to guarantee qualification to the 2021 Gold Cup with a positive result on home soil.
Mexico made it two wins out of two as they downed Panama 3-1 on Tuesday night. The victory moves Mexico into sole possession of first place in Group B, while Panama and Bermuda remain tied on three points.
Panama was hoping to provide a steeper test than Bermuda did this past Friday, but Mexico looked comfortable from the start. After enjoying the majority of possession, El Tri took the lead in the 28th minute through Roberto Alvarado, whose shot from the top of the box made it 1-0 for the hosts.
The group stage of the CONCACAF Nations League continues this week with Mexico hosting Panama in Group B play.
Mexico had their first game in the competition this past Friday, where they beat Bermuda 5-1 away. That was enough to put El Tri in first place in the group based on goal difference; Panama and Bermuda split their series last month, leaving all three teams with three points.
Mexico will now look to take definitive control of the group with a home victory in this one.