Head Coach: Diego Alonso
Qualification: 2016 Liga MX Clausura champion
SCCL Appearances: 3 (2009/10, 2014/15, 2015/16)
All-Time SCCL Record: GP-24; W-16; D-5; L-3; GF-71; GA-25
Best SCCL Finish: Champion-1 (2009/10)
Pachuca is one of the most decorated teams in CONCACAF history, being crowned champion on four occasions, winning three Champions Cups (2002, 2007, 2008) and one Champions League (2009/10). The Tuzos lifted the Champions League trophy after prevailing over Cruz Azul in 2009/10 final, one of the most exciting in the competition’s history. Edgar Benitez’s second-leg, second-half stoppage time goal leveled the series at 2-2 and saw Pachuca become the first team to capture the title on the away-goals rule. Ulises Mendivil won the Golden Boot that same year with nine goals. Pachuca has never been shutout in 24 all-time Champions League games and is unbeaten at home (11W-1D-0L). Franco Jara and Hirving Lozano were the Tuzos’ top scorers during the 2016 Liga MX Clausura season with six goals each. Lozano was the joint-top scorer at the 2015 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship and was the Golden Ball winner at the 2015 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championship.
Group Stage Summary
Pachuca needed to avoid a loss by two goals or more in the final Group E match against host Olimpia to seal progression to the quarterfinals. It proved to be a wild affair, but after giving back the lead on three occasions, the Tuzos escaped Tegucigalpa with a 4-4 draw in what was one of the SCCL’s best group-stage encounters. Victor Guzman, Franco Jara, Jonathan Urretaviscaya and Erick Guzman scored for the then-Mexican champion on a wet night, which featured torrential rain and a 30-minute delay for electricity malfunction. Pachuca opened play with three straight wins by a combined 15-0 score, including a record-setting 11-0 at Police United.
Hirving Lozano’s play in the 2016/17 SCCL group stage formed part of the reason why the attacker was a candidate for the 2016 CONCACAF Player of Year award. The 21-year-old is the competition’s joint-top scorer with five goals, also contributing two assists. Lozano is a difference maker of the highest order and the SCCL has provided an international platform on which his talents can shine brightly.
Hirving Lozano (5); Ruben Botta, Joaquin Esquivel, Mateus Goncalves, Erick Gutierrez, Franco Jara, Jonathan Urretaviscaya (2); Erick Aguirre, Victor Guzman, (1)
Franco Jara (3); Erick Gutierrez, Raul Lopez, Hirving Lozano (2); Mateus Goncalves, Omar Gonzalez, Victor Guzman, Oscar Torres, Jonathan Urretaviscaya (1)