MLS vs. Liga MX. That is the rivalry between leagues in the CONCACAF region.
But in reality, it hasn't been a real rivalry since CONCACAF Champions League started in 2008-09. Since then, Liga MX has won 12 of 14 two-legged series against MLS. That stat will not exactly put D.C. United, LA Galaxy, Real Salt Lake and Seattle Sounders fans at ease.
One of the two winners were actually the Sounders, back in 2012-13, when they defeated Tigres UANL in the quarterfinals. The other came just last year when the Montreal Impact beat Pachuca in the quarterfinals after Cameron Porter scored the series-winning goal in the 93rd minute.
Real Salt Lake and United might hold the advantage over their compatriots this go-around, as they will be facing their Liga MX opponents at home in the second leg. In the 14 series, MLS teams have hosted second legs four times. The two-series wins were two of those instances, with the other two coming in 2010-11 Finals between RSL and Monterrey and last year's finals when the Impact faced off against Club America.
Below you can find all 14 two-legged series between MLS and Liga MX since 2008-09.
|Year||MLS||Liga MX||Aggregate Score||2nd Leg Location|
|2010-11||Real Salt Lake||Monterrey||2-3||Real Salt Lake|
|2011-12||Seattle||Santos Laguna||3-7||Santos Laguna|
|2011-12||Toronto||Santos Laguna||3-7||Santos Laguna|
|2012-13||Houston||Santos Laguna||1-3||Santos Laguna|
|2012-13||Seattle||Santos Laguna||1-2||Santos Laguna|
|2013-14||Kansas City||Cruz Azul||2-5||Cruz Azul|
|2013-14||San Jose||Toluca||2-2 (4-5)||Toluca|