MIAMI, Florida – This Friday, Concacaf will be airing a re-broadcast both legs of the 2018 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League Final between Chivas and Toronto FC on the Facebook Page, YouTube channel and Official Concacaf app.. The first leg will commence at 7:00 PM ET and the second leg at 9:00 PM ET.
In the quarterfinals of that tournament, both teams had to overcome obstacles to punch their respective tickets to the semifinal round.
The Guadalajara club was staring at a 1-0 deficit following the first 90 minutes in their series with the Seattle Sounders after a Clint Dempsey goal gave the MLS side a 1-0 win in Seattle. That was still the case at halftime of the second leg, but the second half would prove a different story and led by goals from Oswaldo Alanis, Javier Lopez and Jesus Godinez, Chivas would ride to a 3-0 second leg win and a 3-1 triumph on aggregate.
But out of the three pairings between Liga MX and MLS in the quarterfinal round, it would turn out to be the lone Liga MX victory.
Toronto FC’s journey to the finals continued with a series against 2016-17 SCCL finalists Tigres UANL and the Felinos were feeling good after taking an early 1-0 lead in the first leg in Toronto. However, the reigning MLS champions rallied for a 2-1 win, setting the stage for a dramatic second leg in Monterrey.
The history of MLS teams struggling on Mexican soil is well known, but Toronto FC changed that narrative with a superb second leg in front of the boisterous Tigres fans. Despite a 3-2 defeat, the away goal tiebreaker belonged to the Canadians in a 4-4 final on aggregate, making Toronto FC just the fourth MLS club to eliminate a Liga MX team from the SCCL.
History was made in the quarterfinal between the New York Red Bulls and Club Tijuana, as the Red Bulls became the first MLS team ever to win a SCCL knockout round match in Mexico when they claimed a 2-0 win in the first leg in Tijuana thanks to Bradley Wright-Phillips’ brace. The Liga MX club looked to return the favor in the second leg in Harrison, New Jersey and scored an early goal to make the home fans nervous, but the Red Bulls would respond with three goals to claim a commanding 5-1 win on aggregate.
The fourth and final quarterfinal saw Panama’s Tauro FC square off against seven-time Concacaf club champions Club America and a first leg 4-0 win for the Liga MX side in Mexico City paved the way for a 7-1 aggregate win over the Canalero club.