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The 2021 CONCACAF Champions League started on the sixth of April this year and for two days straight, the first leg of the round 16 matches was played. The second leg for round 16 was between the 13th and 15th of April.
After that, the quarter-finals were on the 27th and 28th of April (first leg) and the 4th and 5th of May (second leg). The four teams that qualified for the semi-finals were America, Philadelphia Union, Cruz Azul, and Monterrey.
The first matches of the semi-finals will be on the 12th of August and the second leg matches will be on the 15th and 16th of September. The final is set to be played on the 28th of October 2021 and the host will be the finalist that had a better performance in the precious CONCACAF matches.
America is a Mexican football club with a record of thirteen Liga MX titles, six Copa MX titles, and seven CONCACAF Champions League titles under their belt. At the semi-finals, they are paired with MLS club Philadelphia Union and they will be aiming for another title because it’s been five seasons since their last CONCACAF title.
Cruz Azul is another Mexican club that qualified for the CONCACAF semi-finals and they will be facing Monterrey in August and September. They have six CONCACAF titles and most recently in the 2013-2014 season. Most recently, they won the Torneo Guardianes 2021. Cruz Azul’s record transfer is forward Jonathan Rodríguez, and the eleven million fees aren’t anything like an Arsenal or Manchester United transfer, but Rodriguez is still one of their best players.
Monterrey won the 2019-2020 Copa MX and has four CONCACAF titles (the most recent one was in 2019). They will play against Cruz Azul, who have been their competitors in Liga MX for many years. Monterrey is one of only four teams that have successfully defended the CONCACAF trophy in the past. America and Cruz Azul have also defended it in the past.
Philadelphia Union is the last MLS club left in the top four of the CONCACAF. They have had a successful season, so far and are currently ranked at third place in the Eastern Conference of the MLS with only four points behind the headliners. They will be facing Mexican club America at the semi-finals and they have never played against each other before, so it will be an exciting match.
Our Final Conclusion
The semi-final between Cruz Azul and Monterrey will be quite competitive this year considering that the last two head-to-head games ended with the team’s trading wins. America is a champion with many CONCACAF titles under their belt, but Philadelphia Union is a fairly new team, for which being at the semi-finals itself is an achievement.