Pachuca, Gutierrez target Club World Cup berth

Pachuca midfielder Erick Gutierrez (pictured) has five career Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League goals. (Photo: Straffon Images)

PACHUCA, Mexico – With Mexico, Erick Gutierrez has competed in the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup and the 2016 Men’s Olympic Football Tournament.

The 21-year-old Pachuca midfielder can add another FIFA-related competition to his resume if Pachuca ends Wednesday evening as Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League champion. Thanks to a 1-1 draw in the first leg, his Tuzos will lift the trophy with a win or scoreless draw against visiting Tigres.

“It is a dream, but it has to be made a reality,” said Gutierrez. who has two goals and two assists in SCCL play this season. “It is a final. There is no tomorrow and we have to go out and leave everything on the field.”

If recent history is any indication, Pachuca can expect a positive performance at the Estadio Hidalgo. After all, the Tuzos have never lost a SCCL game in 14 attempts at home (13W-1D-0L).

Gutierrez says that playing at home will provide the side an extra boost against a Tigres side that fell in last year’s final to Club America, 4-1 on aggregate.

“It is going to be a very tough match,” he finished. “I think that Tigres has a great squad. They also have the hope of a Club World Cup. But I think that since we are at home, we are going to be a tough opponent, so we have an advantage. We are going to go out defending. We are going out to attack and score goals.”