Los Angeles Football Club have made quite the run in their debut Concacaf Champions League campaign, and it’s not over yet.
They’re reached the final of the 2020 edition, following a 3-1 win over Club América on Saturday at Exploria Stadium. After América took an early lead and drew a red card on Eduard Atuesta just before halftime, Carlos Vela scored two goals in a minute to flip the result in LAFC’s favor, even playing down a man most of the 2nd half.
And now their attention will turn to their final game of 2020, guaranteed, as they face a fourth Liga MX side, Tigres UANL, Tuesday in the CCL final at Exploria Stadium.
LAFC are just the fourth MLS team to reach the Champions League final under the modern format, joining Real Salt Lake in 2011, Montreal Impact in 2015 and Toronto FC in 2018. All three previous finalists lost, so if LAFC can get the win, they’ll be the first MLS team to stand atop the CCL mountain in the current era.
While each of LAFC’s opponents in the competition have been fearsome in their own way, Tigres may be the toughest test yet. The Liga MX titan have reached the CCL final in four of the last five years, including this year’s edition. However, they’ve yet to win the competition. So they’ll definitely be up for the final, too.
But LAFC have one game to write their names in the history books, and you know they’ll be up for the occasion. It’s going to be must-see TV Tuesday night, don’t miss it.
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