It was one of the most unusual and interesting weeks for the CONCACAF Champions League during leg 1. We saw some shocking results, but it made for some exciting football action leading into leg 2 to determine who will be heading to the semifinals.
Take a look at what is in store for Tuesday night…
Tijuana Xolos @ New York Red Bulls (NYRB leads 2-0 on aggregate)
If any of the Liga MX teams are in trouble, it’s Tijuana. The Xolos were absolutely shell-shocked after an early goal by Bradley Wright-Philips. After the goal was scored, Xolos never recovered. It didn’t help that almost all of their efforts were either saved or called back.
New York is in a great position after silencing Xolos while being the guests. I expect NYRB to sit back comfortably. However, if Xolos can sneak in a first-half goal, get ready for some excitement. This isn’t the first time a favored team fell in the first leg, only to storm back. Yet, NYRB has a great advantage heading into Tuesday’s match.
Toronto FC @ Tigres (Toronto FC leads 2-1 on aggregate)
If one Mexican team has the strongest chance of turning things around after a lackluster first leg, it’s Tigres. Coming home after a 1-2 loss is not a major cause for concern. Tigres are exceptionally strong when they play at home, even if Toronto FC is the most talented from MLS.
However, winning at home is a huge help for Toronto, especially since Tigres’ defense was shoddy, to say the least. When you have a great dribbling threat like Sebastian Giovinco, there’s a chance things can get dicey for Tigres. Yet, I see Toronto sitting back in this one, especially since Tigres are notoriously known for possession domination in front of a home crowd.
Expect this game to be one of the best of the week.