Club Tijuana and FC Motagua to clash in Round of 16 matchup
By Bryan Ramos
he 10th season of the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League (SCCL) is slated for kickoff where Club Tijuana and FC Motagua will clash in the first leg of their Round of 16 matchup at H-E-B Park on Wednesday Feb. 21, continuing the trend of bringing big-time soccer to the Valley in 2018.
The two teams will meet at 9 p.m. at H-E-B Park in hopes of advancing to the quarterfinals and moving one step closer to being crowned 2018 SCCL champions and qualifying for the FIFA Club World Cup.
Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente, commonly referred to as Xolos de Tijuana or Xolos, are a member of Liga MX from Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. Club Tijuana will be without its best player Juan Iturbe, a 24-year-old right wing who plays for the Paraguay National Team, as he recovers from a knee injury. The Xolos have 17 international players and four who suit up for their country’s senior national teams.
Futbol Club Motagua is a Honduran soccer club located in Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras, where the play in Liga Nacional de Futbol Profesional de Honduras. Leading FC Motagua is 26-year old forward Eddie Hernandez, who suits up for the Honduran National Team. FC Motagua earned its way into the SCCL by winning the Apertura in December.
Motagua is winless in four all-time SCCL games against Mexican opposition, but picked up a 1-1 draw against Club America in the 2015-2016 group stage, that year’s eventual champion.
Club Tijuana has scored 15 goals in the SCCL with 12 of those coming at home where Club Tijuana is a perfect 4-0-0.
The second leg between Club Tijuana and FC Motagua is scheduled to be played Feb. 27 at 9 p.m. at Estadio Caliente in Tijuana.