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Three Favorites In The CONCACAF Champions League

SANDY, UNITED STATES - MARCH 02: Jurgen Damm of Tigres drives the ball down field past Joao Plata of Real Salt Lake during the quarterfinals second leg match between Real Salt Lake and Tigres UANL as part of the Concacaf Champions League 2016 at Rio Tinto Stadium on March 02, 2016 in Sandy, United States. (Photo by George Frey/LatinContent/Getty Images)
Three Favorites In The CONCACAF Champions League

It’s almost the time of year when the final rounds of the CONCACAF Champions league get underway. We are down to our final eight teams who will battle in February and March to be crowned the kings of the CONCACAF region, and to be representing the region at the 2017 Club World Cup in December.

Here are the three favorites heading into the quarterfinals…

 

3: Deportivo Saprissa (Costa Rica)

They don’t get things easy in the knockout stages being paired with an offensive juggernaut in Pachuca, but Deportivo Saprissa is no team to ignore. We have seen Pachuca enter 2015’s edition of the CONCACAF Champions League and not put away their opponent. If they happen to repeat this error, Saprissa is not the team you want to do it against. Their fans do not make things easy for road teams at Estadio Ricardo Saprissa, and they take advantage of it.

If Saprissa manage to get past Pachuca, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that they make it to the final, and with carrying that momentum, it’s anyones ballgame.

 

2: Pachuca (Mexico)

Now, although the #3 pick has things going for them, if Pachuca enter clicking on all cylinders, I can’t see them failing to make the final. Led by Hirving LozanoErick Gutíerrez, and Franco Jara, Pachuca is a team that can slice away defenses once they get their rhythm going.

Their biggest x-factor will be their mental approach to the tournament. We have seen very talented teams enter the CCL, but fail to put their best foot forward. However, Pachuca has the talent to take home the trophy, if they are able to stay on track.

 

1: Tigres (Mexico)

Even the most casual fan could see this one coming a mile away. The Mexican powerhouse is looking better than ever to take home the CONCACAF Championship. With the new signing of Chilean striker Eduardo Vargas, defenses will have a scary attack coming at them now that André-Pierre Gignac will no longer be the only household name.

This team would love nothing more than to add another trophy next to their recently acquired Liga MX title, and head down to the Club World Cup to search for more…

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Bryan has been a writer for The Stoppage Time since 2015. He has been covering soccer since 2011, and is a Sport management & Communications graduate from Grand Canyon University.

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