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Campeones Cup has potential but a few key flaws

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Toronto FC has turned the historic highs of 2017 into a catastrophic 2018 campaign

Taylor Twellman, Herculez Gomez and Alejandro Moreno share their varying opinions on Toronto FC's approach to the Campeones Cup following their defeat to Tigres.

If you're looking to pinpoint the lowest low in what has become a downer of a campaign for Toronto FC, it would be hard to beat the moment Eriq Zavaleta's own goal crept over the line on Wednesday night with goalkeeper Alex Bono crawling on his hands and knees in a vain attempt to keep the ball out of his net. That goal effectively sealed the inaugural Campeones Cup, giving Tigres an unassailable 3-0 lead in a match the Liga MX side ultimately won 3-1.

And if TFC wouldn't normally fret over losing...

Tigres' win over Toronto FC shows both Campeones Cup's potential and flaws

The first ever Campeones Cup is in the books, after Tigres' 3-1 win over Toronto FC on Wednesday night. But after a week in which no one quite knew what to expect from this meeting of champions of Major League Soccer and Liga MX, or just how much the trophy meant to the teams and leagues participating, Jeff Carlisle and Tom Marshall spoke to those who participated about the Campeones Cup's place in the North American game.

Toronto FC: right game, wrong time

There is plenty that is weighing heavy...

Tigres trump Toronto as Reds' woeful 2018 continues in Campeones Cup

Tigres became the inaugural Campeones Cup champions, defeating Toronto FC thanks to a pair of goals from Jesus Duenas.

Here are three points on Tigres' 3-1 Campeones Cup win over Toronto FC on Wednesday at BMO Field.

1. Tigres' quality rises to the surface

You could say that this was a classic Tigres performance. First there was a feeling-out period, and then once the weaknesses were properly identified, Ricardo "Tuca" Ferretti's men went to work.

The lack of communication on a Toronto FC back line consisting of Nick Hagglund, Michael Bradley and Eriq Zavaleta played right into Tigres' hands. The Mexican side...

Domestic struggles of Toronto, Tigres make for interesting timing of Campeones Cup

During an interview on the Max & Herc Podcast, Michael Bradley shared his view of his interaction at the weekend with Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

On Wednesday, the best of Major League Soccer and Liga MX square off in the Campeones Cup (8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN2). Toronto FC earned its place in the contest by winning MLS Cup last December, while Apertura 2017 winners Tigres claimed a spot in the match by virtue of their Campeones de Campeones win over Clausura 2018 champions Santos.

But despite both clubs' pedigrees, their Campeones Cup meeting comes amid an uncertain and vital part of each's season. Toronto sits in ninth place in the East,...

Campeones Cup an extra chance to stoke the fire of the MLS-Liga MX rivalry

Tigres and Toronto played an epic two-legged tie last year and face off Wednesday in the Campeones Cup.
Toronto edged out Tigres last year in an epic two-legged tie, but can they beat the Mexican champs in the Campeones Cup?

There's nothing that quite gets the juices flowing for soccer fans in North America than a good ol' battle between MLS and Liga MX.

For MLS, it is the never-ending search for respect and acceptance from their Liga MX counterparts, who have reigned supreme in the CONCACAF region at club level for pretty much forever.

It is usually around February or March when articles and such start trickling out about whether THIS is the year an MLS team can finally win a CONCACAF Champions League and prove...

Father vs. son: Bob, Michael Bradley put family on hold as LAFC visits Toronto

The FC guys are in agreement with Alejandro Moreno that Toronto FC do not have enough in the tank to make the MLS playoffs.

Judging from his tone of voice, it's clear which part of this weekend's trip to Toronto LAFC coach Bob Bradley is most looking forward to.

On Saturday night, he will face off against his son, Michael, TFC's captain and do-everything midfielder. Believe it or not, given their widely intersecting journeys in the highest circles of American soccer, this is actually the first time the Bradleys will go head-to-head on opposite sides of a competitive game.

LAFC and TFC played against each other...