The first legs of the CONCACAF Champions League gave fans quite a few reasons to believe the remaining fixtures would be equally intense, and now, with all four teams having legitimate chances of making it to the final, we can anticipate each tie to be as nerve-wracking as ever.
If you need to catch up on the tournament's format, the final of the competition will be played by one MLS side and one Liga MX club, which will extend the rivalry between these leagues. So far, Mexican sides had dominated the tournament before last year's edition, when the Seattle Sounders claimed the title over Liga MX's Pumas. Now, León or Tigres UANL (who won the tournament in 2020) will try to give Liga MX its pride when they face either the Philadelphia Union or Los Angeles FC.
It is important for fans to know that away goals are still considered as a tiebreaker. Once both ties have concluded, the winner of each semi-final will get ready to play for the title, with those legs being scheduled to be played on May 31 and June 4.
Here's a glimpse on what to expect from this week's games.
2023 CONCACAF Champions League - Short preview for all games
Los Angeles FC vs Philadelphia Union - The 2022 MLS champions came close to losing the first fixture of this tie, but a late strike by Kellyn Acosta leveled the game in stoppage time. Now, with everything to play for, the LAFC have the upper hand in terms of the away goals rule, meaning that a goalless draw and a win would see them through to their second CCL final in four years. Meanwhile, the Union seem determined to turn things around after a slow start in the 2023 season of the MLS, which means they will try to leave it all at Banc of California Stadium to reach the title clash.
León vs Tigres UANL- León and Tigres lock horns for the third time in a week, with each fixture giving us many things to discuss. The first one (in this tournament) saw Tigres claim a 2-1 lead at home, while the second fixture concluded with León winning three-nil against a Tigres team full of youngsters and players who are not frequent starters. A 1-0 win for León would see them through because of their away goal, but it seems unlikely to see a team coached by Nicolás Larcamón playing to score once and kick back to defend their lead. With that in mind, and given their history in past games, we can anticipate a high-intensity match from both clubs, especially with León trying to reach their first CONCACAF CL final ever.
2023 CONCACAF Champions League: Semi-finals broadcast info (2nd leg)