Hirving Lozano (left) lifts the trophy after Pachuca overcame Tigres to win the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League title on April 26, 2017, in Pachuca, Mexico. (Photo: Mexsport)
PACHUCA, Mexico – Although teammate Franco Jara earned the Golden Ball award for his play in the 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League, there was perhaps no player more important to Pachuca’s title-winning success than Hirving Lozano.
The 21-year-old attacker scored a tournament-leading eight goals – including two in the crucial 3-1 semifinal, second-leg win over visiting FC Dallas – and registered two assists. And while he didn’t score in the final, his shot from distance in the second leg was spilled by Tigres goalkeeper Nahuel Guzman, allowing Jara to swoop for the game’s only goal.
Speaking with reporters following the match, Lozano expressed his joy at becoming a CONCACAF club champion for the first time.
“It is very important,” said the Mexico international. “We were very focused on the Champions League. Thank God that the result came through.
“We are champions and it is the most beautiful thing in the world.”
Due to his impressive SCCL performances, Lozano won the Scotiabank Best Young Player Award.