My favorite Mexican side, Rayados de Monterrey, have finally won another title after dispatching Cruz Azul 6-4 on aggregate. This is their third title overall and their first since 2003. Perhaps Cruz Azul should have won the second leg after dominating possession for long stretches. However, they couldn’t top the Monterrey manager Víctor Manuel Vucetich’s magic (he’s taken 4 teams to the final and won 4 times).
Aldo de Nigris scored the decisive goal for Monterrey. He played with a heavy heart after his brother, Antonio, died in Greece last month of a heart attack. Keeper Jonathan Orozco explained that it was team unity that drove Rayados: “The way this team hung together is the key. We have always stayed united despite everything. That’s the strength of this team.”