The Copa Libertadores final is a showcase of world soccer, a glimpse of powerhouses, up-and-coming players, and sometimes MLS players past and future.
This year's Copa Lib final is a special one, a superclasico between Argentina's two biggest teams: Boca Juniors and River Plate. And in this unprecedented continental club final, there's also a fascinating MLS subplot.
The two managers previously played stateside, with Boca coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto turning out for Columbus Crew SC from 2007-2010, one of the smoothest playmakers in MLS during his successful stint in the league. Barros Schelotto has also been linked to MLS jobs in Atlanta and the LA Galaxy recently.
The duo, always on opposing sides in club play, even faced off in MLS while they were both in the league.
¡Guillermo Barros Schelotto de @BocaJrsOficial y Marcelo Gallardo de @CARPoficial protagonizarán una inédita final de la Copa Libertadores con innegables lazos en la #MLS! #CrewSC | #DCU pic.twitter.com/FXELEZME1o— Fútbol MLS (@futbolMLS) November 1, 2018
Saturday's Leg 1 of the Copa Lib final, at Boca's famed La Bombonera stadium, was postponed until Sunday, due to torrential rains in the area.