Champions League semifinal tickets now on sale as Sporting meets Mexican giants Monterrey

Single-game tickets for the second leg of the 2019 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League Semifinals between Sporting Kansas City and Mexican giants Monterrey at Children’s Mercy Park are now on sale at SeatGeek.com. Tickets for the monumental showdown, which will take place between April 9-11, are included in Sporting Kansas City Season Ticket Member packages.

Sporting will visit Monterrey for the first leg at Estadio BBVA Bancomer between April 2-4 before hosting the Mexican side in the decisive return fixture the following week. Concacaf will announce exact dates, kickoff times, streaming and broadcast details for both semifinal matches in the near term.

Schedule: Champions League Semifinals

  • April 2-4: Sporting at Monterrey
  • April 9-11: Sporting vs. Monterrey at Children’s Mercy Park (tickets here)

The other semifinal matchup features Liga MX rivals Santos Laguna and Tigres UANL. The victors of both series will meet in the two-legged Concacaf Champions League Finals, slated for April 23-25 and April 30-May 2.

Sporting has advanced to the semifinal stage of the Concacaf Champions League for the first time in club history after claiming a 4-2 aggregate victory over Panamanian outfit Independiente in the quarterfinals, overturning a 2-1 deficit with a dominant 3-0 win in Thursday’s second leg at Children’s Mercy Park.

Led by Manager Peter Vermes, Sporting are the last Major League Soccer club remaining in the 2019 Concacaf Champions League. No MLS team has won the prestigious tournament since the modern era of the Champions League began in 2008. Mexican sides have won each of the last 13 continental titles, including Monterrey’s run of three straight from 2011-2013.

The Concacaf Champions League involves the best teams from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. The 11th edition of the heralded championship features a two-legged, home-and-away format with a fixed bracket from the Round of 16 through the Finals.

Sporting are one of five MLS teams that entered the 2019 competition alongside 2018 finalists Toronto FC, Atlanta United FC, the Houston Dynamo and the New York Red Bulls. Toronto bowed out in the Round of 16 against Independiente, while Atlanta, Houston and New York were ousted by Mexican foes in the quarterfinals.

Coming off a record-breaking MLS campaign that saw the club finish atop the 2018 Western Conference regular season standings, Sporting qualified for the 2019 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League as winners of the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Monterrey, currently third in the Liga MX standings with an unbeaten 6-0-4 record, punched their ticket as 2017 Apertura (fall season) runners-up in Mexico’s top division.

In addition to pursuing Major League Soccer’s first Champions League title, Sporting stand the chance to win $500,000 in prize money and a potential berth in the 2019 FIFA Club World Cup should they win the tournament.

Sporting has made four Champions League appearances under Vermes’ guidance. The club reached the 2013-14 quarterfinals, falling to eventual champion Cruz Azul, and exited in the group stage in 2014-15 and 2016-17.

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