Pumas look to extend Mexico’s 13-year hold of Champions League title against Seattle Sounders

April 27 – The first leg of the 2022 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League (SCCL) final kicks off tonight with the Seattle Sounders from the MLS looking to break a 13-season hold on the title by Mexico’s Liga MX clubs.

The Sounders play Pumas UNAM at the Estadio Olimpico Universitario in Mexico City, before hostsing them a week later in the second leg at Lumen Field in Seattle, WA.

Pumas beat fellow Liga MX side Cruz Azul 2-1 in the semi-finals, having beaten Deportivo Saprissa of Costa Rica 6-3 on aggregate in the Round of 16, and the New England Revolution in the quarter-finals via a 4-3 penalty shootout win.

The Sounders were 5-0 aggregate winners against Motagua of Honduras in the Round of 16, followed by a 4-1 victory against Club Leon of Mexico in the quarter-finals before defeating fellow MLS club New York City FC 4-2 in the semi-finals.

In the SCCL era, neither Pumas nor Seattle have lifted the trophy.

Concacaf are also saying that this year’s finals could break a number of attendance records.

The second leg in Seattle at Lumen Field could produce the most attended match of the 2022 SCCL, bettering the 56,094 fans who attended the semi-final second leg between Cruz Azul and Pumas at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City.

The match could also be the most attended final ever, breaking the record held by the Olympic Stadium in Montreal where 61,004 fans attended the 2014-15 Final second leg between the Montreal Impact and Club America.

If more than 66,208 fill Lumen Field in Seattle, it would break the record as the most attended SCCL match ever, set in 2014-15 at the semi-final second leg between Club America and Costa Rican club Herediano at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City.

Contact the writer of this story at moc.l1653162396labto1653162396ofdlr1653162396owedi1653162396sni@n1653162396osloh1653162396cin.l1653162396uap1653162396