Concachampions 2022 Final Preview: Pumas UNAM Wants Fourth, Seattle Sounders First

Concachampions 2022 Final Pumas UNAM Seattle Sounders
Mexico's Pumas celebrate at the end of a CONCACAF Champions League soccer match against Mexico's Cruz Azul in Mexico City, Tuesday, April 12, 2022. Pumas tied 0-0 with Cruz Azul and qualified to the final. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

The Concachampions 2022 is about to come to an end. This Wednesday, the first game of the Grand Final will be played between Pumas UNAM and Seattle Sounders.

This Wednesday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. (Pacific time), the Estadio Olímpico Universitario will host the first game of the final of the Concachampions 2022, where a team from Liga MX and another from MLS will face each other.

This match marks the return of Pumas to an international final after a 17-year absence since the last time they reached this stage in the Concacaf-organized tournament they lost 3-2 to Saprissa of Costa Rica in the 2005 final.

Although Pumas has been far from the international limelight for many years, they already experienced what it is like to be champion of this tournament and will be seeking its fourth title in Concachampions 2022 they will be looking for their fourth title.

Their best period in the CONCACAF tournament was in the 1980s, when they won their three titles: 1980, 1982 and 1989, respectively.

In an attempt to reach the final of the Concachampions 2022, the university team won 2-1 on aggregate against Cruz Azul in the semifinals. Now, they will try to maintain the hegemony of Liga MX teams over MLS teams.

Concachampions 2022 - Pumas vs Seattle
Mexico’s Pumas celebrate at the end of a CONCACAF Champions League soccer match against Mexico’s Cruz Azul in Mexico City, Tuesday, April 12, 2022. Pumas tied 0-0 with Cruz Azul and qualified to the final. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

Concachampions 2022: Unprecedented Final between Pumas and Seattle

Seattle Sounders are in their first CONCACAF Champions League final and will try to become the third MLS club to be champions, as so far only Los Angeles Galaxy and D.C. United have achieved it.

In their 15-year history, the Seattle franchise has been crowned twice in MLS Cup, in 2016 and 2019, and was runner-up in 2017 and 2020.

To reach the Concachampions 2022 final, the Sounders defeated reigning MLS champion New York City FC 4-2 on aggregate.

Concachampions 2022 - Pumas vs Seattle
Seattle Sounders celebrate after a 1-1 tie against New York City FC during the second leg of a CONCACAF Champions League soccer semifinal Wednesday, April 13, 2022, in Harrison, N.J. The Sounders won 4-2 on aggregate. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)

It is no coincidence that these teams have made it this far. They overcame all the adversities they encountered on their way here and they have a dream: to be crowned champions. For Pumas it would be their fourth victory, while for Seattle it would be their first, and they would become the first MLS team to snatch the trophy from a Liga MX team.

Concachampions 2022: Possible Pumas vs Seattle Sounders Formations

Pumas UNAM: Alfredo Talavera; Alan Mozo, José Galindo, Nicolás Freire, Efraín Velarde; Diogo de Oliveira, Higor Meritao, Leonel López, Washington Corozo; Juan Dinneno and Favio Álvarez.

Seattle Sounders: Stefan Frei; Alex Roldán, Jackson Ragen, Xavier Arreaga, Nouhou Tolo; Joao Paulo, Albert Rusnak, Cristian Roldán, Nicolás Lodeiro; Jordan Morris and Raúl Ruidíaz.

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