Chivas continue Liga MX dominance in CONCACAF region with win over Toronto FC
This Wednesday, Chivas de Guadalajara defeated Toronto FC 4-2 in penalties at the Estadio Akron to secure the 2018 CONCACAF Champions League trophy. The title win was Los Rojiblancos first international trophy since 1962 and continues an ongoing trend that has lasted for more than a decade.
The Liga MX is still quite ahead of the MLS in terms of quality on the pitch and this is something that has been demonstrated in the CCL competition. Mexican teams have now won the last 13 CCL tournaments and in this span, only three MLS teams have made the final.
Two of the three teams are inclusively Canadian with Toronto’s recent run and the Montreal Impact falling to Club America back in 2015. The only team from the United States that has made a final in this 13-year span was Real Salt Lake back in 2011 when the team from Utah fell to Monterrey.
— Francisco Velasco (@FranciscoEfV) April 26, 2018
Chivas were the champions of the Liga MX Clausura 2017 but are currently the 17th-place team in the Clausura 2018. El Rebano Sagrado has no chance of making the playoffs this season with just a game left in the competition and failed to make the playoffs in the Apertura 2017 as well.
Toronto FC is currently the last-place team in the MLS but is only five games into its season. The Canadian team does have virtually the same team that lifted the MLS title last season and this team is considered by many to be the best MLS team ever.
Greg Vanney’s side also came into the game with a stable mindset as the Toronto’ players do not have to worry about not getting paid. This is something that the Chivas’ players had to deal with going into this game along with inadequate food, travel and other services that the players had openly complained about.
The MLS team were missing some key players defensively but Chivas is not necessarily a very strong team, clearly shown by their performance domestically. The MLS may be improving with notable signings like Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Carlos Vela but still has to put in arduous work to close the gap.