Head coach Greg Vanney and his Toronto FC players may be in a playoff dogfight with six matches remaining in MLS, but they're not about to back down with a trophy at stake in the inaugural Campeones Cup on Wednesday night against Tigres UANL (8 pm ET on Univision, UDN; 8:30 pm ET on ESPN2, TSN, TVA Sports).
The event is the first annual meeting between the defending champions from MLS and Liga MX.
"We’ve got to find our moments to be aggressive and try to win the game," Vanney told ExtraTime Radio host Andrew Wiebe. "We’ll approach it the same way we did the Champions League and try to be the aggressors."
Toronto FC tasted victory against Tigres at BMO Field back in March, capturing a 2-1 triumph in the 1st leg of their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal series. The 2017 MLS Cup champs then held on to advance on away goals after a narrow 3-2 defeat in the 2nd leg played in Monterrey.
The two teams will renew hostilities in a brand new event that Vanney projects will turn into a marquee matchup over time.
"I think over the next five to 10 years, this is going to become an important event," Vanney said.
"What we're seeing is the top teams in MLS are closing the gap on the top teams in Liga MX ... and they are capable of competing against those teams."