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 Apertura 2018 Copa MX Round of Sixteen was held this week, with seven teams so far – six Liga MX and one Ascenso MX – having booked their spot in the quarterfinals.
The game between Monterrey and Zacatepec was postponed due to weather and field conditions; they will play next Tuesday, while the rest of the remaining teams will contest their quarterfinal games. The winner of Monterrey/Zacatepec will face Querétaro in the quarterfinals during the next FIFA break, after which the competition should return to its original schedule.
Forty-five days after Monterrey and Santos Laguna played the first twelve minutes of their Jornada 11 game – which was then postponed due to weather – the Rayados and Laguneros finished the match, which ultimately ended up 1-1.
The first good chance came for Santos in the 17th minute, when Djaniny nodded on a clearance from Jonathan Orozco, which set up Jonathan Rodríguez to get into the box and shoot, but his attempt went high.
In this rescheduled Jornada 8 game, Tigres UANL took the lead but couldn’t hold it as they drew 1-1 with 10-man Atlas. The result keeps the Rojinegros unbeaten in three but winless in two, while the universitarios remain unbeaten in four but saw their three-game winning streak halted.
Tigres had more possession early on and looked to use their speed on the wings to find the breakthrough. They had a good chance in the 15th minute, when Enner Valencia got his head to a cross from André-Pierre Gignac, but Óscar Ustari made the save.
The Jornada 8 game between Atlas and Tigres UANL, originally scheduled for September 9th, will finally be played this Wednesday.
The game had to be postponed due to problems with the newly-installed jumbo 360° TV screen at the Estadio Jalisco, which was deemed to be too close to the field. When the screen could not be raised, the game was postponed due to safety concerns.
After the devastating earthquake that struck central Mexico on Tuesday afternoon, Liga MX has postponed this weekend’s Jornada 10 games.
In addition, Ascenso MX, Liga MX Femenil, and the U-20, U-17, and U-15 weekend games have all been postponed as well.
The decision was made after communication with local, state, and federal authorities, as well as to show solidarity with those affected by the quake. In announcing the postponements, Liga MX called on fans to contribute to donation centers and the Red Cross. Many Liga MX teams have turned their stadiums into collection points for bottled water, canned goods, and other needed supplies.