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.
Many will remember how the two sides played to a thrilling 3-3 draw after 180 minutes before the Guadalajara-based club won the penalty shootout, 4-2.
But the journey of both sides to the Final began almost two months prior in the Round of 16, when for the first time the SCCL was played entirely in a knockout round format.
The 2018 SCCL Round of 16 could not have started in more exciting fashion, with Herediano scoring two goals in the final four minutes to earn a dramatic 2-2 draw in their first leg with Tigres UANL.
While the Felinos would go on to take the second leg 3-1 and the series 5-3 on aggregate, it was proof that the new format had already captured the attention of fans from around the region.
For eventual winners Chivas, their Round of 16 series was a historical one in that for the first time ever, a team from the Dominican Republic was competing in the SCCL. The Mexican giants topped 2018 Concacaf Caribbean Club Championship winners Cibao FC 2-0 before rolling to a 5-0 win at home and a 7-0 triumph on aggregate.
More history was made in the series between eventual finalists Toronto FC and fellow MLS side Colorado Rapids in their first leg at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce, Colorado, as the coldest match in SCCL history. The two teams took the field with a game-time temperature of three degrees Fahrenheit, yet Toronto FC shook off the cold to claim a 2-0 win and eventually a 2-0 win on aggregate.
One of the more eye-popping results was Tauro of Panama eliminating FC Dallas 3-3 on aggregate, with the away goal tiebreaker in favor of the Canalero club, who were boosted by Edwin Aguilar’s two goals.
Club Tijuana’s second SCCL appearance started off on the winning foot, with a 1-0 win at Motagua before securing a 1-1 draw at home to advance 2-1 on aggregate against the Honduras.
Meanwhile, the winners of the inaugural Scotiabank Concacaf League, CD Olimpia of Honduras, saw their 2018 SCCL campaign end with a 3-1 aggregate defeat to the New York Red Bulls.
One of the more entertaining series was El Salvador’s Santa Tecla and the Seattle Sounders of MLS, with Gerson Mayen’s brace for Santa Tecla offsetting Nicolas Lodeiro’s from 40 meters out in the first leg, 2-1, only to see Seattle claim a 5-2 win on aggregate thanks to a 4-0 win in the second leg.
Rounding out the 2018 SCCL Round of 16 fireworks was Club America of Mexico flexing their scoring muscles by recording a 5-1 win in Costa Rica against Deportivo Saprissa, followed by a 1-1 draw in Mexico City for a 6-2 aggregate win.