Fresh off of a 5-3 win against the LA Galaxy to keep their MLS playoff hopes alive, Toronto FC prepares to take on Tigres in the inaugural Campeones Cup on Wednesday.
As if TFC’s schedule hasn’t been jam-packed enough this year, or need anything else but rest to focus on their season, they are being thrown right back into action in a midweek clash before heading on the road.
The Campeones Cup is a clash between the reigning MLS Cup Champions and the Liga MX Campeon de Campeones.
Toronto is familiar with playing Tigres. The two sides matched up earlier this season in the Concacaf Champions League. That would end by a score of 4-4 with TFC advancing on away goals.
TFC currently sit ninth in the Eastern Conference and are in pursuit of the final playoff spot, chasing their rivals the Montreal Impact. They sit nine points back of the Impact with six games remaining.
The team isn’t in the same form than they were earlier in the year. They have struggled defensively and it is one of the biggest reasons they have struggled so much.
If they do manage to beat Tigres it would be their second trophy win this season. Just over a month ago TFC defeated Vancouver in the Canadian Championship, cementing their spot in the upcoming Concacaf Champions League.
It will be interesting to see what kind of lineup TFC head coach Greg Vanney will field. Another trophy win would be a positive in a year full of negatives. But at the same time giving some of your top players a rest to get ready for an important match, which could make or break your season is also an option.
As for Mexican side Tigres, they have had some struggles to begin their season. They currently sit in seventh place after nine games. They hold a record of 4-2-3 but are only sit six points back of leaders Cruz Azul.
Kick off is 8:15 PM ET at BMO Field in Toronto. The last time these two sides met there, Toronto would win by a score of 2-1.