MIAMI, Florida – Familiar foes Alianza of El Salvador and Honduran side Motagua will square off in the Round of 16 of the 2020 Scotiabank Concacaf League on Wednesday night at the Estadio Cuscatlan in San Salvador, El Salvador.
The two sides met in last season’s tournament in the semifinals with Motagua pocketing a 4-1 victory on aggregate, yet their first leg encounter in San Salvador proved an even affair in a 1-1 final and could be a harbinger of things to come in Wednesday’s affair.
Alianza are appearing in their third SCL after qualifying as the 2019 Apertura champion in Salvadoran football and will be looking to take a step closer to a fifth Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League participation.
The Cuscatleco club boast many familiar faces, including star striker Rodolfo Zelaya, who scored three goals in four matches in the 2017 SCL, plus MFs Marvin Monterroza and Narciso Orellana, who have a combined 23 SCL appearances between them.
Motagua reached this phase of the tournament in the most dramatic of circumstances, as they outlasted Guatemalan side Comunicaciones 15-14 in an epic 18-round penalty shootout in the Preliminary Round.
The Catrachos rallied from a 2-0 second half deficit to force a 2-2 draw thanks to goals from Matias Galvaliz and Kevin Lopez, two players that will need to once again come up big for the 2018 and 2019 SCL finalists.
In their two previous SCL appearances, Alianza were eliminated by Honduran sides, 3-2 to Olimpia in the 2017 quarterfinals and last season’s 4-1 semifinal loss, which also serves as Motagua’s lone encounter with a Salvadoran side in either SCL or SCCL play.
Kick-off is scheduled for 10:30 PM ET and can be seen via TSN.ca/TSN App (Canada), TUDN (USA-Spanish), FS1 (USA-English), ESPN 2 (Central America) and Fox Sports 2 (Mexico).