Cruz Azul beat Tigres UANL 2-1 on Wednesday night to become the first Leagues Cup champion.
The game, played at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, was an intense one despite the newness of the competition. There was a large scuffle in the first half, with players from both sides showing high emotions. Despite the intensity, the goals were a long time in coming, with neither side wanting to concede first in a final.
The inaugural Leagues Cup competition is set to conclude this Wednesday, with two Liga MX teams vying for the title.
Cruz Azul and Tigres UANL will face off at the Sam Boyd Stadium in Los Vegas as each looks to become the first champion of the inter-league competition. Tigres reached the final after beating América on penalties, while Cruz Azul defeated the LA Galaxy, the only MLS team to get past the first round.
Mexico continued their dominance of CONCACAF on Sunday night as they beat the U.S. 1-0 to become the 2019 Gold Cup champions. That gives El Tri their record-setting 8th Gold Cup title and marks the fifth time they’ve beat the U.S. in the final in six meetings there.
The U.S. had a pair of great chances in the opening 10 minutes, with Christian Pulisic and Jozy Altidore combining well, but Guillermo Ochoa stopped Pulisic and Altidore couldn’t get his attempt on frame.
Mexico needed some time to get into the game but they created a few chances of their own as the half wore on. The game went to halftime goalless, but in the second 45 the game tilted decisively in Mexico’s favor.
The 2019 Gold Cup concludes this Sunday with a marquee final, as Mexico and the United States renew their rivalry with a trophy on the line.
Mexico holds the record for Gold Cup titles with seven, but the US would match that mark with a victory in this one. The US are also the reigning champions after beating Jamaica 2-1 in the 2017 edition.
On the other hand, these two have faced each other five times in Gold Cup finals, with Mexico winning the title four of those times, including 2011, which is the last time both CONCACAF giants made the final.
Tigres UANL claimed the Clausura 2019 title after a 1-0 aggregate victory against León in the Gran Final. The championship is the 7th for the universitarios, and Ricardo Ferretti is now tied with Ignacio Trelles for most titles won by a coach.
Tigres went into tonight’s game with the advantage after having picked up a 1-0 home win in the first leg, and that turned out to be the decisive goal as they played out a 0-0 draw in the second leg.
León, the highest-scoring team in league play, came out attacking but were frustrated by a well-organized Tigres’ defense, and were also hampered by the injury-forced substitution of Golden Boot winner Ángel Mena in the first half.
Tigres UANL took the advantage in the first leg of the Clausura 2019 Gran Final with a 1-0 victory against León.
Tigres came out attacking as they looked to put their home-field advantage to good use, and they had a pair of early opportunities through André-Pierre Gignac and Eduardo Vargas. At the other end, Vinicio Angulo had a chance in the 9th minute after being played in by Ángel Mena, but he couldn’t put his attempt on target.
The Clausura 2019 champion will be determined this week as León and Tigres UANL face off in the Gran Final.
Top seed León is making their 13th appearance in the final and is seeking their 8th title; their most recent championship came in the Clausura 2014 season. Second-seeded Tigres UANL is making their 12th appearance in the final and is looking for their 7th title; they won most recently in the Apertura 2017 season.
The semifinals have wrapped up and the top two seeds have advanced and will now face off for the Clausura 2019 Liga MX title.
Top seed León split their semifinal series with América, winning the first leg 0-1 and losing the second by the same scoreline. With the aggregate and away goals both level, León advanced as the higher seed.
It was the same story in the other semifinal, where rivals Tigres UANL and Monterrey each won their home leg 1-0; with the aggregate level and away goals not a factor, Tigres advanced as the higher seed.
Monterrey won their fourth CONCACAF Champions League title with a 2-1 aggregate victory over rivals Tigres UANL. The result keeps the Rayados perfect in CCL finals – four appearances, four victories – while the universitarios are still awaiting their first regional championship.
Monterrey went into Wednesday night’s second leg with a 1-0 lead from the first leg; they added to that advantage in the 25th minute. The hosts were awarded a penalty after Rodolfo Pizarro was brought down in the box, and Nicolás Sánchez converted the spot kick to make it 1-0 on the night and 2-0 on aggregate.
The 2019 CONCACAF champion will be determined this Wednesday when rivals Monterrey and Tigres UANL face off in the decisive second leg of the final.
The Rayados picked up a 0-1 away victory in the first leg and are looking to continue their perfect record in CONCACAF finals; Monterrey has reached the final three times, and won it each time, in 2010-11, 2011-12, and 2012-13. The universitarios, meanwhile, have twice reached the final, but have never won, finishing runner-up in 2015-16 and 2016-17.