Chivas’ SCCL conquest paves way for Almeyda honor
Matias Almeyda led his team to historic heights in 2018, as the Guadalajara club won its first ever Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League title and just its second Concacaf club title overall.
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MIAMI, Florida When a coach leads a team to a historic achievement in Concacaf, it is only logical he receives a Coach of the Year distinction.

Such was the honor given to former Chivas Head Coach Matias Almeyda as Concacaf Men’s Football Coach of the Year for 2018.

Almeyda led his team to historic heights in 2018, as the Guadalajara club won its first ever Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League title and just its second Concacaf club title overall.

Appearing in just its second SCCL, Almeyda’s squad had to overcome a number of hurdles to lift the trophy.

After an opening round 7-0 victory over Cibao FC of the Dominican Republic, Chivas had to overcome a 1-0 series deficit to eliminate the Seattle Sounders of MLS 3-1 in the quarterfinals.

In the semifinals, Ameyda’s men were once again pitted against MLS opposition in the form of the New York Red Bulls and a hard-fought 180 minutes ended with a 1-0 win.

Almeyda’s greatest coaching job would come in a Final that won’t soon be forgotten. The Argentine’s tactics paid off handsomely in a 2-1 win in the first leg in Toronto.

The nerve and character the Almeyda’s players would then get put to the test as Toronto FC evened up the series 3-3 to force a penalty shootout.

In the end, Almeyda’s men kept their cool when the pressure was at its highest and won the penalty shootout 4-2 to take home the top honor in Concacaf club football.

After such an impressive achievement, it is easy to see why Almeyda will was Concacaf’s top men’s football coach in 2018.

Men's Football Coach of the Year | Matias Almeyda