The CONCACAF Champions League is in full swing and we have seen the Liga MX sides cause some serious damage to their opponents thus far. Yet, it’s not over, and this upcoming week will provide some savory games for fans to indulge in. Also, the best rivalry in Mexico will be back in action not once, but twice this week.
Take a look at what to watch for…
Santos Laguna vs New York Red Bulls (2-0 aggregate) – Tuesday, March 12
Many times in the CONCACAF Champions League we will see a Liga MX side turn a series around at home despite a poor first result on the road against an MLS side. For Santos Laguna, they did just the opposite. A 2-0 victory on the road in the cold over the New York Red Bulls has Santos Laguna sitting very comfortably.
Santos Laguna cannot be too comfortable just because they are coming home with a 2-0 aggregate lead. New York has talent and can capitalize on any sloppiness. However, if Santos Laguna stays true to their game, they should see themselves advancing to the next stage in the SCCL.
Tigres vs Houston Dynamo (2-0 aggregate) – Tuesday, March 12
Similarly to Santos Laguna, Tigres will get to head home with a 2-0 lead in the series against Houston Dynamo. Although it did take until late in the game for Tigres to get their eventual lead, their power was a little too much for the Houston Dynamo to contain for the full 90 minutes.
Tigres aren’t always the sharpest team in the SCCL competition, sometimes playing down to opponents. Yet, the 2-0 aggregate will most likely be a bit too much for Houston to overcome in Nuevo León, Mexico.
Monterrey vs Atlanta United (3-0 aggregate) – Wednesday, March 13
The favorites to win the SCCL showed their skill last week with a 3-0 beatdown of MLS reigning champion Atlanta United. The unfortunate part for Monterrey is that if any MLS side had a chance at turning things around, it would be Atlanta. The MLS champions play in front of over 65,000 at home and they will have support when Monterrey come to visit.
It would take a huge mental lapse for Monterrey to completely drop three goals while being on the road, but if there is an early goal for Atlanta, it might be an interesting ride for neutrals to watch.
Chivas vs América – Wednesday, March 13 (Copa MX), Saturday, March 16 (Liga MX)
Once in a while the footballing heavens smile upon fans and give us back-to-back rivalry games. In Liga MX, we will see the biggest rivalry in the country in Copa MX and Liga MX, separated by just a few days. The two games both carry importance, as the two teams are looking to advance to the Copa MX semi-finals in one game, and looking to cement their place in the Liga MX standings in the other.
There will be little love lost in these two games, and that is exactly what fans want to see. There’s no holding back when the best rivalry in Liga MX is back for fans to enjoy.