Champions Cup Semi-Finals (Almost) Set

Champions Cup Semi-Finals (Almost) Set

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On March 20, 2008
  • 4 Comments

D.C. United will face defending champion Pachuca, which edged visiting Motagua (Honduras), 1-0, on Wednesday night. Houston advanced with a 3-1 victory over Municipal and now awaits the Atlante-Saprissa winner tonight. Atlante currently has a 2-1 advantage in that series.

Right now I don’t have the dates of these match-ups. Though they are tentatively set for April 1st through the 3rd, and the return leg on April 8th through the 10th.

Over the past couple years, the semi-finals have not been very nice to the MLS clubs. It all comes down to if the clubs have the home advantage, meaning they actually play the road leg first and then return home for the second games just like they both had in their quarterfinal series.

DC has a tough challenge with Pachuca. That is a club that has been a thorn in the side of the MLS in competitions in recent years. My bet it will be just like last year with Atlante winning their series to face Houston to make it a MLS-MFL type of semi-finals again. As we all remember, last year, the MFL clubs beat the MLS clubs in the semi-finals. Its those games in Mexico that clubs just haven’t gotten over the hump yet in terms of winning.

DC looks like a good candidate to win it all this year but Houston wouldn’t surprise me one bit winning it. I know the league would dream of an all-MLS final, but winning those semi-final series must be a prority first for the clubs before we can start to think of a MLS club winning this tournament.

Any of you think that DC or Houston can win in Mexico if needed to win this tournament?

  • AmericanDust

    I believe I heard somewhere that no American club team has EVER won a game in Mexico. I think Houstan could do it this year. It will not be easy. Likewise, I think DC United could do it in the Champions League North America this fall–they look loaded, but it's just too early in the MLS season for that team with a lot of turnover from last year to pull that off.

  • Tom

    Goff is saying that the DC games are April 1st (@ Pachuca) and the 9th (@ home). Personally, I liked what i saw vs Harbor View, and I think United will go far. <br />
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    And to AmericanDust:<br />
    I believe DC in 97 or 98 and the GalPals of 03 beat Mexican teams in Mexico. Not sure tho, you could check it out if you want.

  • I believe I heard somewhere that no American club team has EVER won a game in Mexico. I think Houstan could do it this year. It will not be easy. Likewise, I think DC United could do it in the Champions League North America this fall–they look loaded, but it’s just too early in the MLS season for that team with a lot of turnover from last year to pull that off.

  • Tom

    Goff is saying that the DC games are April 1st (@ Pachuca) and the 9th (@ home). Personally, I liked what i saw vs Harbor View, and I think United will go far.

    And to AmericanDust:
    I believe DC in 97 or 98 and the GalPals of 03 beat Mexican teams in Mexico. Not sure tho, you could check it out if you want.