The route to the Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates is getting exciting in the CONCACAF Region.
CONCACAF is the collection of nations in North America (Canada, United States, and Mexico), Central America (Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama), the Caribbean (Cuba, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico*, Haiti, Bahamas, Bermuda*, Mayotte*, Dominica, British Virgin Islands*, etc). The CONCACAF Champions League is made up of teams from these nations (Members with an asterisk indicate they are a FIFA Member but cannot compete in the Olympic Games as they are not IOC members editor’s note: Puerto Rico is part of the IOC).
Pachuca (MEX) vs. FC Dallas (US)
Pachuca: How they got to the Semis
- Won Group E
- Tied the Away Game against Deportivo Saprissa (CRC), then on the Home Game won 4-0. Pachuca scored the first goal in the 29th minute of the first half, then two minutes later scored the second. In the second half, the third goal happened in the 69th minute and the last one in the 80th minute.
FC Dallas: How they got to the Semis
- Won Group H
- Won the first game convincingly against Arabe Unido (PAN) 4-0 in Frisco (Dallas suburb) and had the opportunity to rest starters for the home game in Panama. In the Rommel Fernandez Stadium (same stadium that the National Team uses) Arabe Unido won 2-1, however the series aggregate was 5-2 in favor to the Texas based team.
Next Game: FC Dallas vs. Pachuca, Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas
UANL Tigres (MEX) vs. Vancouver Whitecaps (CAN)
UNAL Tigres: How they got to the Semis
- Won the Group G
- Faced off against UNAM Pumas (MEX) meaning that there would be an inter country quarterfinal, not that it is unusual (US and Mexico have the most teams in the tournament as automatic bid-ins). The first match was a draw in Monterrey (Tigres plays in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, UANL=Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo Leon) 1-1. Pumas needed a draw that did not result in a 1-1 tie due to visitor’s goals. CONCACAF doesn’t let Quarterfinals or Semifinals series to go to overtime unless if it is exactly the same score of the first leg. The second leg was played in the Mexico City metro area, (UNAM= Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico) with a result of a 3-0 result in favor of Tigres, the aggregate score was 4-1 in favor of UANL Tigres.
Vancouver Whitecaps:How they got to the Semis
- Won Group C
- Tied the first leg 1-1 in Harrison, New Jersey then won at home 2-0 against the New York Red Bulls. While in the group, they won every game accumulating 12 points and become the number one seed in the tournament
Next Game: UANL Tigres vs Vancouver Whitecaps, Estadio Universitario, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico