The CONCACAF Champions League group stage pushes over the halfway mark when Club America and Sporting San Miguelito meet on Tuesday night.
Both sides are level on points through two group stage matches. America won the first matchup between the two, 1-0, in Panama. It was a vital win since the Mexican club has its final two group stage matches at home.
This competition doesn't get much attention from American soccer fans and even less from those across the pond. That doesn't mean the Champions League isn't an exciting competition. It is the best CONCACAF has to offer and there's a place at the Club World Cup on the line.
Here's a preview of this CCL clash.
When: Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 10 p.m. ET; 3 a.m. BST
Where: Estadio Azteca, Mexico City
Live Stream: FOX Soccer 2Go
Odds (courtesy of William Hill)
Club America Win: 1/5
Sporting San Miguelito Win: 10/1
*Odds are as of 4:30 p.m. ET on Monday
Top Storyline: Which Side Can Get the Advantage in the Group?
As a result of the CONCACAF Champions League configuration, one team from each group must sit back and watch other clubs around it either strengthen or weaken their standings in the group.
All three teams in Group 4 are level on points after two matches, and they all have equal goal differentials of zero.
This is a great chance for either Sporting San Miguelito or America to build a nice lead going into their final match of the group stage. With a win, either club would go top of the group and put itself in the driver's seat to advance through to the knockout stage.
Meanwhile, Alajuelense will be left sitting back and waiting for their match against Sporting San Miguelito. A win for America would put the pressure on the Costa Rican club since it still has to travel to Mexico for its final group stage match.
What's the result of this fixture?
This is America's first home match of the group stage. They already earned three points off Sporting SM on the road, so it should be a little easier the second time around. The Azteca is one of the few true fan cauldrons left in world football. Few stadiums are as intimidating as the site of Mexico City's venue. Should the Azteca not be at capacity, it will provide America with a nice home-field advantage.
The Mexican giants have more than enough talent up top to see themselves through with a win. Luis Mendoza and Raul Jimenez form a lethal duo. Mendoza is more of the creator and tied for the club lead in assists with three in Liga MX. Jimenez is the finisher, as his five goals are the most on the club.
Score: Club America 3, Sporting San Miguelito 1