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Chivas Guadalajara vs Toronto FC, 2018 CCL Final: Chivas crowned North American champions on penalties

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The time has come to crown the alpha club of the North American continent

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Chivas v Toronto FC: CONCACAF Champions League 2018 - Final - Leg 1
Orbelin Pineda (left) of Chivas controls the ball past Michael Bradley of Toronto FC during the first leg on April 17.
Photo by Graig Abel/Getty Images

FINAL SCORE, Toronto FC 2, Chivas 1 (3-3 agg.): Chivas win the CONCACAF Champions League on penalties!


Halftime Update: Chivas took an early lead through Orbelin Pineda, but Toronto FC slowly grew into the game. Some laxed defending off a corner finished with Jozy Altidore putting the Canadians within one.

Right before the half, Sebastian Giovinco was given space to attack down the left wing before placing a shot past Rodolfo Cota’s near post to put things 3-3 on aggregate.

At the moment, the tie is up for grabs, but in case the game finishes with this scoreline, the match will head to penalties.


Toronto FC 2, Chivas 1 (3-3 agg.): Sebastian Giovinco turns to his left and beats Rodolfo Cota’s near post to level the aggregate score at three goals a piece.


Toronto FC 1, Chivas 1 (2-3 agg.): A corner kick finishes with Nicolas Hasler finding some space inside the box and assisting Jozy Altidore for the equalizer.


Toronto FC 0, Chivas 1 (1-3 agg.): Rodolfo Pizarro hustles back, snatches the ball and lays a perfect pass for Orbelin Pineda to put Chivas in the driver’s seat.


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How To Watch

Date: Wednesday, April 25

Time: 6:30pm Pacific, 8:30pm Central, 9:30pm Eastern

Venue: Estadio Akron, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico

TV: Univision Deportes Network (US - Spanish), FOX Sports Cono Norte (Mexico), TSN2 (Canada)

Streaming: fuboTV (Free trial + monthly subscription), Sling TV (free trial + monthly subscription), Univision NOW (Free trial + monthly subscription) go90

Listings via LiveSoccerTV.com

The 2018 CONCACAF Champions League final has proven to be the most anticipated CCL final in the past few years. No matter who wins it, there hasn’t been two teams competing that have wanted (or needed) this title more than Chivas and Toronto. Whichever team does win will surely be remembered fondly in their respective clubs’ history. Chivas is en route to their first international title since 1962 and save their Clausura 2018 tournament, while Toronto will attempt to win their first Champions League and put the MLS and Canada in the FIFA Club World Cup for the first time ever.

In the first leg, Chivas did what rivals Tigres and Club America couldn’t. They beat Toronto (at home no less) 2-1 and dominated most of the game with their ball possession and quick passing. From the get-go, it seemed Matias Almeyda and his team treated the MLS champs with the respect they deserved and didn’t undermine them like other Liga MX clubs did, and prepared for them like so.

Toronto disappointed at home, with star forward Sebastian Giovinco not doing as much damage as he usually does and Jozy Altidore clearly not up to 100 percent injury-wise. But now, it is a week later and The Reds have to try and come back from a deficit in a tough environment. Difficult task? Sure. Impossible for this team? Not even a little bit.

The key for Chivas is simple, take advantage of the home-field advantage and play the same way you played the first leg. Continue to press Toronto until the final whistle. The question is will they be able to or has Greg Vanney prepared for the young team?

This is it. Both of their respective seasons have led to this moment. Arguably the best team in MLS history against a well-coached and hungry, young Chivas team. Who will make the FIFA Club World Cup? Which domestic league will have bragging rights?

Highlights of First Leg