How to Watch
Date: Wednesday, April 4
Time: 7:00pm Pacific, 9:00pm Central, 10:00pm Eastern
Venue: Estadio Akron, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico
TV: Univision Deportes Network (US - Spanish), FOX Sports Cono Norte (Mexico)
As part of the second Liga MX-MLS matchup in the CCL semifinals, we find two teams that have not had as much success in this tournament as other teams. Chivas will look for its first final in the CCL since 2007 and their first championship since 1962. They’ll need to hit the ground running from the start considering the first leg will be played in Guadalajara. They did the most damage to Seattle at home in the quarterfinals and Chivas won’t be able to risk heading to the States with an open game, because we all saw what New York did to Tijuana in those circumstances.
Player To Watch: It looks like Rodolfo Pizarro is on a mission. He has to be. After a less than stellar performance for Mexico during the international break, the former Pachuca man was heavily scrutinized and his place in Russia could be in danger. He responded just days later with a brace in the league and gave Chivas a much-needed win against Morelia. He’s been an important figure in Chivas’ attack all season long, and only time will tell if he makes it his responsibility to show off on the international tournament stage and pack for another final with Guadalajara.
The Red Bulls have never made it this far in the CCL, so that is something to celebrate right there. Still, they are not a team that is just happy to be here and will be looking for a win to place an MLS team in the Champions League final for the first time in seven years. Jesse Marsch’s squad will not have a domestic match on the schedule following this first leg, so all the focus will be on this semifinal series, which could be an advantage for The Metros.
Player To Watch: If there is one weakness for Chivas, it's the defense on the wings. Pizarro and Isaac Brizuela are usually the midfielders out there, with Carlos Cisneros and Edwin Hernandez usually the fullbacks. Only Hernandez has a defensive mentality, and not even he is that fast. That could give those pacy players, like Kemar Lawrence or Daniel Royer, on New York a way to get through to the goal and get some crosses to a great striker in Bradley Wright-Phillips.