Match: Tigres UANL v CF Monterrey
Date: April 23rd, 2019
Time: 9:00 PM CST, 10:00 PM EST, 7:00 PM PST
Venue: Estadio Universitario “El Volcán,” San Nicolás de los Garza, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
Television: Fox Sports Cono Norte in Mexico & Central America; Univision Deportes in the United States; Flow Sports 1 in the Caribbean; TSN2 in Canada; Fox Sports 3 Cono Sur in Argentina & South America; Fox Sports 2 in Brazil.
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A Clásico Regio for the Concacaf Champions League final. Can Tigres finally claim an “international” title after losing in the finals of the CCL in 2015-16 to Club América and in 2016-17 to Pachuca and in the finals of the Copa Libertadores 2015 to River Plate? Or will Monterrey get revenge for losing the Apertura 2017 final to their cross-town rivals?
Monterrey have struggled to live up to expectations in both the Apertura 2018 and in the Clausura 2019 after the club went out and spent a small fortune on players, and getting to this final is the least that fans would have expected. Winning a trophy over their eternal rivals would send the fanbase into rapture, and losing would amp up the disgruntlement of the fans, who feel that this team has underachieved under manager Diego Alonso.
These two teams feature an All-Star list of Liga MX players, with Andre-Pierre Gignac, Edu Vargas, and Carlos Salcedo on Tigres, and with Rogelio Funes Mori, Dorlan Pabón, and Cesár Montes on Los Rayados. This match will feature perhaps the two best strikers in North America in Gignac and Funes Mori, and will also feature a future defensive star for El Tri, Montes, who is sure to leave for Europe soon against a fixture of the central defense for El Tri in Salcedo, who made his return from Europe during the winter transfer window.
Tigres have the edge in the first match, as it will be played at their home stadium, nicknamed “El Volcán” because of the fiery passion of their supporters. However, if Monterrey manage an away goal or two, it will lead to an incredibly tense second leg at the Estadio BBVA Bancomer across town.
This match is gearing up to be special. Let’s hope it lives up to the hype.