• Monday Dec 14, 2009

    Monterrey seizes place in Champions League Group Stage

    MEXICO CITY - Monterrey will be the seventh different team from Mexico to play in the CONCACAF Champions League next season, earning a berth in the Group Stage with its third Mexican league crown.

    Monterrey captured the spot with a 2-1 victory over Cruz Azul in Mexico City on Sunday in the second leg of the Apertura finals, completing a 6-4 aggregate win that gave the club its first title since 2002-2003 Clausura season.

    By virtue of its runner-up finish, Cruz Azul will return for a third straight season, assured of at least a Preliminary Round berth. The Mexico City side has easily advanced past the early knockout stage of the competition each season so far, outscoring its two opponents, Hankook Verdes and Herediano 18-2 in four matches.

    Chilean forward Humberto Suazo sealed Monterrey's title Sunday with a 90th-minute goal, giving him three in the two-leg finals and second time in four days he scored late to lead his side to victory. Suazo scored twice in Thursday's 4-3 win at home, including the dramatic clincher in the 88th minute.

    Monterrey finished fifth in the Apertura regular season standings, eliminating America and Toluca in the Liguilla playoffs to reach the finals.

    Monterrey and Cruz Azul become the sixth and seventh teams to guarantee themselves places in next season's Champions League, joining American Major League Soccer clubs the Columbus Crew, Real Salt Lake, Los Angeles Galaxy and Seattle Sounders as well as Honduran side Marathon.

  • Champions League

    Related News


Tigres’ Guzman on Clasico Regio: “We have more to win than to lose”

The 2017 Liga MX Apertura’s regular-season title will be decided Saturday, when first-place Monterrey (10W-4D-2L, 34) hosts local-rival and second-place Tigres (9-5-2, 32) in the 113th edition of the Clasico Regiomontano.

Pachuca hopeful of Puch, Jara Club World Cup returns

With its 2017 FIFA Club World Cup opener against Wydad Athletic Club set for December 9, Pachuca is looking to bring the strongest roster possible to the United Arab Emirates.

CONCACAF Weekend’s Best (November 13, 2017)

CONCACAF.com takes a look at the best performances and most interesting stories in CONCACAF Weekend’s Best.

CONCACAF Weekend Watch (Nov. 10-12, 2017)

CONCACAF.com provides an offering of storylines for you to follow during domestic league action this weekend.

Olimpia: The CONCACAF Titles

n Thursday, Olimpia lifted a CONCACAF trophy for the third time, when it defeated Santos de Guapiles, 1-0, in the second leg of their Scotiabank CONCACAF League final and going on to prevail, 4-1 on penalty kicks.