The 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League is just two games away from its conclusion, and for the 12th straight year, the tournament winner will be a Mexican team; the last non-Mexican team to lift the trophy was Costa Rica’s Saprissa in 2005.
This year’s CCL final pits Tigres UANL against Pachuca.
The Tuzos have reached the final four times, and they have won each time, in 2002, 2007, 2008, and 2009-10. Tigres UANL has never won; they reached the final last year, in the 2015-16 edition, but fell 4-1 to América.
The Copa MX champion will be determined this Wednesday when Chivas de Guadalajara hosts Monarcas Morelia in the Gran Final.
Chivas has reached the final 11 times before, but has only won it three times; they finished runner-up on the other eight occasions – including last season, where they fell to Querétaro on penalties. Their most recent cup victory came in the Apertura 2015, where they defeated León 1-0.
The finalists of the 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League will be determined this week as the semifinals conclude.
The two semifinal series pit Liga MX vs MLS, and in the first legs FC Dallas earned a 2-1 victory over Pachuca while Tigres UANL beat the Vancouver Whitecaps 2-0.
The first finalist will be determined on Tuesday, when Pachuca hosts Dallas. The Tuzos need to win to advance – 1-0 will do it, but if Dallas scores, Pachuca will need to win by two. The MLS side will move on with a win or draw, while a 2-1 Pachuca win would send the series to extra time.
The Clausura 2017 Copa MX is nearing its conclusion. There are four teams left, all from Liga MX, and they will compete in the semifinals this week.
The semifinals are single-elimination, with the winner of each game advancing to the Gran Final. Should a game be tied at the end of regulation, it will proceed directly to a penalty shootout (no extra time will be played).