No issue who improvements from tonight’s all-MLS Concacaf Champions League semifinal, they will host the second leg of the last in early May possibly. Pumas UNAM clinched their spot in the final thanks to a – attract versus Cruz Azul on Tuesday immediately after profitable the first leg 2-1 past week. It was a historic end result for Pumas, who have in no way played in a CCL remaining, but they did lose beginning centerback Arturo Ortiz to a red card, which signifies he’ll miss the initial leg of the final.
As it was for the semifinals, the buy of the two finals legs are determined by points received in earlier rounds. Many thanks to the Pumas consequence, they can not finish with extra points than possibly Seattle or NYCFC. They are presently tied with the Sounders on 11 details, but the initially tiebreaker is purpose-variation, the place the Sounders have a five-purpose benefit. The Sounders maintain a 3-1 combination-purpose benefit in tonight’s semifinal and can only progress with a end result that maintains a target-distinction guide around Pumas. NYCFC have just nine points so far, but can only progress with a gain, which would give them 12 overall points.
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Hosting the next leg brings with it the chance of efficiently enjoying a one particular-off championship sport in entrance of their property followers, and there also looks to be a slight sporting advantage. MLS groups have gained just 4 of 32 sequence against Liga MX opponents when they host the 1st leg, but have gained 7 of 21 when finishing up at residence, in accordance to investigation by Jonathan Yardley.
MLS teams have two times before hosted the next leg in the CCL closing. RSL went property tied 2-2 towards Monterrey in 2011 only to fall 1- in the next leg. In 2015, Montreal tied Cruz Azul 1-1 in the 1st leg, but shed 4-2 at household in the next leg.
Neither the Sounders nor NYCFC have formerly played in a CCL closing.
It will be Pumas’ to start with vacation to the continental championship round because they missing to Saprissa in the precursor to CCL, the Concacaf Cup, in 2005. That also marked the past time a team from outdoors Liga MX gained the title. Pumas have received the title 3 times, most not too long ago in 1989.