In just over two months, the semifinals of the CONCACAF Champions League will begin. The first leg will take place on August 12, while the return legs will take place on September 15 and 19. Affectionately called Concachampions, the competition has Three Mexican teams and one from the United States still fighting for the cup.
A duel between Mexicans opens the clashes. Cruz Azul, recently Liga MX champions, and Monterrey, fight for a place in the final. Likewise, the only US team still alive, the Philadelphia Union, faces the traditional Mexican team America. It is certain that until the duels, many things will still happen. However, for now, you can already get a sense of each team’s characteristics.
Cruz Azul arrives on a high after winning the national title
Cruz Azul will come in the semifinals of the CONCACAF Champions League with high confidence. Cruz Azul ended a 20-year drought by winning the Liga MX Clausura tournament. The last time the team from Mexico City had won an edition of the national game was in 1997.
In the continental tournament, the Celeste team has not had any difficulties so far. In round 16, the Mexicans beat Arcahaie from Haiti and then eliminated Toronto FC from Canada. Among Cruz Azul’s highlights in the competition is striker Bryan Angulo, who has scored four goals in his team’s games in the Concachampions.
Mexican duo seeking to maintain dominance
There are two more Mexicans in the semifinals of the CONCACAF Champions League. Monterrey will seek a fifth trophy in the competition, while America, who are the greatest champions in the tournament’s history, aims for a seventh continental title. However, unlike Cruz Azul, the duo has encountered some difficulties in the campaign so far.
Monterrey opened against Atlético Pantoja from the Dominican Republic and eliminated their rivals without difficulty in 16. However, after that, against Columbus Crew from the United States, the confrontation was more complicated, but still, the Mexicans got the better of them. America, on the other hand, had two challenging encounters. First, against Olimpia, from Honduras, and then, with Portland Timbers, another American team.
Only “foreigner” in the semifinal of the Concachampions
Trying to defeat Mexican favoritism, the Philadelphia Union is the only “foreigner” in the competition. The team has the arduous mission of putting a USA team on top of the continent again after 20 years. The last time a US franchise won the CONCACAF Champions League was in 2000, when Los Angeles Galaxy took the trophy.
To get here, the Philadelphia Union beat two adamant teams. In round 16, Deportivo Saprissa, three-time continental champion, was the rival but succumbed to the Americans. In the next phase, in a domestic duel, Atlanta United was eliminated. The Major League Soccer team tries the improbable and beats two Mexicans to reach the dream trophy.
It is worth keeping an eye on the odds of Bet365, which in the coming weeks, after all, should provide the first odds for the first leg of the semifinals.