What is next for the Mexican Wunderkind? The clash of the Liga MX Apertura champion Tigres UANL and the MLS Cup winner Toronto FC is heading to its second act on Wednesday night in Mexico. Toronto hold a small advantage with their 2-1 victory at home at BMO Field on Wednesday night. Conceding an away goal, scored by the Chilean Eduardo Vargas, could, however, prove costly. Toronto FC have never before played at the cauldron that is the Estadio Universitario in San Nicolás de los Garza just at the outskirts of Monterrey.
Only two MLS teams — Seattle in 2013 and Montreal in 2015 — have ever eliminated a Liga MX opponent in the knockout stage of the continental competition, which highlights the difficulty Toronto face on Tuesday. Toronto FC, in fact, have never won a match in Mexico. The Reds drew 0-0 against Cruz Azul in the 2009-10 CONCACAF Champions League and then lost 4-0 to Pumas UNAM 2011-12 Champions League group stage. Competing in their third consecutive CONCACAF Champions League season, Los Felinos are, however, determined to finally win their first international title. They are, however, not alone in that quest. Toronto have an empty spot for the CONCACAF Champions League cup in the trophy cabinet. Hence, with everything still to play for in the second leg this will be another clash of giants with neither side holding back to get the edge that will see them go through to the next stage of the tournament. With this in mind, this will be a wide-open affair with plenty of goals.
But given that Tigres have bottled plenty of big games in the past it would not be a surprise if Toronto shatters Tigres’ dreams of winning their first international trophy at the first knockout stage. When it comes to Toronto FC’s most important player, it is difficult to look beyond Italian Sebastian Giovinco. Some would even argue that Giovinco might be the best player to ever play in this league. André-Pierre Gignac is a big game player and usually does not awaken till the later stages of the Liga MX season or the CONCACAF Champions League. But in this Clausura things have been a bit different. The French national team striker is second in Liga MX Clausura scoring with eight goals and has scored five goals in the last four Liga MX matches. Tigres UANL finished runners-up last season. Toronto and Tigres UANL are the current league champions of their respective leagues. Toronto’s 2-1 home victory was the first ever tie between the two clubs. Manuel Veth is the owner and Editor in Chief of the Futbolgrad Network.
He also works as a freelance journalist and among others works for the Bundesliga and Pro Soccer USA. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. The day has come with some delay! Good article however to say that Palermo is a terrible player when he has actually break records in Argentina playing for Boca is totally innacurate. Great article about a great player! The league’s rule U18 had previously stated that the third parties were not permitted to “materially influence” a club’s “policies or the performances of its teams”.