FC Dallas (pictured) will attempt to become the first U.S. club to beat a Mexican one in a Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League semifinal, when it hosts Pachuca in a first-leg encounter on March 15, 2017, in Frisco, Texas, USA. (Photo: Mexsport)
FRISCO, Texas – FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja knows that if his team is to get beyond the 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League semifinals, it must capitalize on the home-field advantage in Wedensdays first leg at Toyota Stadium.
The math is simple: Pachuca has never lost as host in 13 all-time SCCL games at the Estadio Hidalgo, posting a 12W-1D-0L record, while scoring 34 goals and conceding a paltry five.
“It's crucial, it's our leg,” Pareja said in a press conference on Tuesday. “What I mean by that is it’s our leg that belongs to us at home and we have to take advantage of our ground, our fans, our stadium and our city. We want to be strong, for sure.”
Besides attempting to conquer a Pachuca side that currently sits second in the 2017 Liga MX Clausura table, FC Dallas must also overcome the history of U.S. clubs against Mexican ones in the SCCL.
In 54 all-time meetings between them, teams from Liga MX hold a 32-10 advantage in win over their American counterparts from MLS. Additionally, a U.S. squad has never defeated a Mexican unit in semifinal play (0W-1D-3L).
Regardless of the statistics, though, defender Maynor Figueroa is confident that FC Dallas can alter the course of the USA’s SCCL history.
“They're two games that are going to be very intense,” said the Honduras international. “The first is at home and we have to strike first. From there, we have to prepare for the next in the best way possible.
“Like every player, we have a dream, we have hope, and we hope to achieve the dream.”