While Chivas lost their opportunity to bring home a title in the Mexican league, they still have a chance to play for pride come Wednesday night. The CONCACAF will crown a champion and representative in the Club World Cup this winter, and Chivas can be the team to do just that.
After beating Toronto FC at BMO field, something Tigres and Club América were unable to do, Chivas comes home to an anxious fanbase with a 2-1 lead. The two road-goals and lead set Chivas up beautifully, yet, it doesn’t guarantee anything. Toronto FC is a very balanced team, and if they can find a way to get on the board early, it could set up a nailbiting match for Chivas fans.
It should be noted, however, that Chivas will be much more comfortable playing in Spring weather at home this time around. At 30 degrees, BMO field was not quite what Chivas were used to. As their season in Liga MX fades, Guadalajara has one last opportunity to make fans excited.
Toronto FC may still be the favorites to some heading into Wednesday’s final match. Being down 1-2 looks bad on paper but many believe in the chemistry of Sebastian Giovinco, Jozy Altidore, Jonathan Osorio, and Michael Bradley. The Canadian side has already done the near impossible in taking down two Mexican giants, but it will all mean very little if they leave Guadalajara, Mexico with nothing more to their name.
We have seen MLS take down Mexican sides in the past, even taking the Mexican teams down to the wire (2010-11, for example), but a Chivas win on Wednesday will not only help their franchise, it will continue a long streak Liga MX has had over MLS in the CONCACAF Champions League. This is a fact both teams will have in the back of their minds, as history is on the line for the representation of the region.