Toronto FC fighting for themselves, MLS pride vs. Tigres

TORONTO – “Insulting and unacceptable.”

That’s how Mexican daily sports newspaper Récord described the performances of Liga MX sides against Major League Soccer clubs in last week’s CONCACAF Champions quarter-finals.

Teams from Mexico’s first division went 0-for-3 against MLS opposition in their first-leg matches: Toronto FC earned a 2-1 home win over Tigres, New York Red Bulls beat Club Tijuana 2-0 in Mexico, and the Seattle Sounders bested visiting Club Deportivo Guadalajara 1-0.

#HoyEnTuRÉCORD #Portada Chivas cayó contra Seattle y la MLS logró tres triunfos en Concachampions sobre clubes mexicanos.

— DIARIO RÉCORD (@record_mexico) March 8, 2018

As a result, Tigres (the reigning Mexican league champions), Club Tijuana and Guadalajara are on the brink of what would be a historical exit from the Champions League should MLS complete its clean sweep of Liga MX.

Naturally, this isn’t sitting too well with the Mexican media, and from a historical perspective you can understand why Récord thought why last week’s trio of losses to MLS was “insulting and unacceptable.” Before last week, MLS teams won just 12 of 74 CONCACAF Champions League matches against Liga MX opponents – and only two of those victories came on Mexican soil.

Mexican clubs have won every single Champions League since the inaugural tournament in 2009, and seven of the nine finals have been all-Liga MX affairs (Real Salt Lake reached the finals in 2011, and the Montreal Impact finished runners-up in 2015). 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.

Major League Soccer has been taking it on the chin from Liga MX for years in CONCACAF, so it’s not so surprising that Toronto FC is fighting for itself …read more

Source:: – Sport


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