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CONCACAF Champions League Final: TFC Hungry to Make History

CONCACAF Champions League Final: TFC Hungry to Make History

Odds are courtesy of Bodog.

Toronto FC (-145) vs. Chivas Guadalajara (+400)

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Toronto FC can make history this week when the defending MLS Cup title holders take on Chivas Guadalajara in the CONCACAF Champions League Final. The first leg of the final kicks off on Tuesday at BMO Field in Toronto as TFC prepares for its biggest two-match set in franchise history. If Toronto FC knocks off the Mexican powerhouse, the club can become the first MLS team in history to capture the CONCACAF Champions League title.

“I think it’s pretty clear that an MLS team hasn’t won this competition since the change in format, since it became CONCACAF Champions League so to be the first to do that would be huge,” the Toronto FC midfielder told reporters this week prior to the opening leg against Chivas. “I think for it to really change soccer both in the States and Canada, MLS clubs will have to continue to win this tournament because the Liga MX guys have a big history, have a head start of winning this tournament. It starts with us.”

Toronto FC vs Chivas Games Lines - Final First Leg

Toronto vs Chivas Game Lines at Bodog

Actually, it starts on Tuesday night for TFC, which head into the opening match as the -145 favourites at BMP Field despite kicking off the MLS season with 1 win and 3 losses. It’s not the start the defending champions have been looking for as the club has managed to score just 3 goals through that stretch. Star midfielder Sebastian Giovinco has yet to find the back of the net but leads. The club with 18 shot attempts. Jozy Altidore has picked up his torrid scoring pace with 2 tallies in 3 matches played. TFC will need its two superstars at the top of their games is they stand any chance of coming out on top against Chivas.

The Mexican side will make the trip north of the border as intriguing +395 underdogs having allowed just 1 goal through 6 CONCACAF Champions League contests. The good news for TFC is that Chivas has also struggled in league play, sitting 16th overall in Liga MX with a record of 3 wins, 6 draws and 6 losses.

“I think the two best teams have gotten into the final,” Chivas manager Matias Almeyda told ESPN.

One single piece of bad news facing TFC is the fact that Mexican teams have won every single CONCACAF Champions League title since the inaugural tournament in 2008. In fact, only two MLS teams have ever made it to this stage — Real Salt Lake in 2011 and the Montreal Impact in 2015.

The spread for Tuesday night’s CONCACAF Final opener is set at 1.5 in favour of TFC, but expect a tighter, closely defended match in weather that is supposed be cold and rainy at BMO Field. The projected goals total mark is set at 2, with the under is "even". Toronto FC will come out on top in a low-scoring affair.

There’s a lot at stake for both teams, but in particular TFC, who with a victory in the CONCACAF Champions League final can earn a berth in the FIFA Club World Cup — an annual tournament that features six club champions from each continent.

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