Pachuca: 2016/17 SCCL Finalist Résumé

Pachuca (pictured) gathers for a team photo prior to its Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League semifinal, second leg against visiting FC Dallas on April 4, 2017, in Pachuca, Mexico. (Photo: Mexsport)

After going unbeaten in the 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League group stage and quarterfinals, Pachuca responded to a 2-1 loss at FC Dallas in their semifinal opener with a 3-1 win in the second leg to secure a place in the final.

SCCL SUMMARY (2016/17 Overall Record: W-5; D-2; L-1; GF-27; GA-7)
Pachuca needed to avoid a loss by two goals or more in the final Group E match against host Olimpia to seal progression to the quarterfinals. It proved to be a wild affair, but after giving back the lead on three occasions, the Tuzos escaped Tegucigalpa with a 4-4 draw. Pachuca opened play with three straight wins by a combined 15-0 score, including a record-setting 11-0 win at Police United.

In the quarterfinal, first leg at Saprissa, Pachuca was shutout for a first-ever time in SCCL play after 25 games in a 0-0 draw. Any potential doubts, however, were erased in the second leg at the Estadio Hidalgo as the Tuzos posted a 4-0 win.

The four-time CONCACAF club champion answered FC Dallas’ challenge in the semifinals. A 2-1 first-leg loss on the road was followed by a 3-1 win at home, as Hirving Lozano’s second goal of the game in the second minute of second-half stoppage time clinched progression.

Next up: Final, First Leg – away v Tigres (April 18, 2017)

Semifinal, Second Leg Highlights: Lozano brace lifts Pachuca past FC Dallas

2016/17 SCCL Crucial Instant
There really can only be one: Hirving Lozano’s second goal in the semifinal, second leg that gave host Pachuca a 3-1 win over FC Dallas to clinch the series, 4-3 on aggregate. With the game appeared heading to extra time, Lozano fired a shot from just outside the box. Teammate Victor Guzman’s attempt to get a foot on it seemed to mislead a pair of Dallas defenders. The ball then bounced once past sprawled goalkeeper Chris Seitz and nestled into the far right corner for Lozano’s ninth career SCCL goal.

Key Player
Hirving Lozano: The 21-year-old is the competition’s top scorer with eight goals, also contributing two assists. Lozano is a difference maker of the highest order and has demonstrated an ability to step up when most needed.

Give credit to…
Franco Jara: The 28-year-old forward has been an eye-opener for the Tuzos, netting five goals, good for a tie for second on the scoring table. He has scored in three straight knockout-round matches to give Pachuca an offensive option if opponents choose to focus on Lozano.

Keep an eye on…
Omar Gonzalez: The United States international appeared in five SCCLs with the LA Galaxy, but never reached the final. Could this be the year that the 28-year-old defender brings home CONCACAF’s biggest club prize?

CONCACAF Club Honors
CONCACAF Champions Cup-3: 2002, 2007, 2008
Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League-1: 2009/10