We are one round closer to crowning the best team in CONCACAF and who will be representing that region at the Club World Cup. We saw some unsurprising, as well as surprising results in the round of 16, and we are all ready to see the showdowns that are set for next week.
Take a look at who is up first to battle in the quarterfinals…
Club América vs Tauro (Leg 1 – Tuesday, March 6)
The underdog came out on top in Tauro, as they took down FC Dallas with a 3-3 aggregate (away goal advancement). While their quarterfinal opponent Club América took apart Saprissa, 6-2 aggregate. The match on Tuesday is an intriguing one because Tauro is running with high confidence. Taking out a favorite could be an energy boost or it could set them up for a rude awakening.
Club América has a lot to offer with its depth, so Tauro will need to stay composed if they want to upset another heavy favorite. América, on the other hand, will just need to continue their role. There’s no reason for ‘Piojo’ Herrera to fix something that is not broken.
New York Red Bulls vs Tijuana Xolos (Leg 1 – Tuesday, March 6)
These two were favorites in their round of 16 matches, yet, their advancement was uncompelling. It’s possible that apathy was a factor, but they can’t continue that with hopes of being the best in CONCACAF. New York had a sloppy away game against Olimpia but managed to win, 3-1, on aggregate.
Tijuana had a seemingly easy task of taking on Motagua, yet, an underwhelming 2-1 aggregate advancement has fans shaking their heads. It’s not out of the picture for New York to upset Tijuana Xolos, even though they may be evenly matched.
Tijuana will need to tighten up the defense a bit, as well as find a way to link up better up front. New York will capitalize on things Motagua was not able to if given the opportunity.