Santos Laguna and Monterrey will meet in a final once again after the pair set up a CONCACAF Champions League final rematch. The two legs will take place on April 24 and May 1.
Monterrey has won two CCL trophies in a row. Last season, it defeated Santos in the final. The two teams also faced each other in the Liga MX 2012 Clausura final, which Santos won. In the last five meetings between the two teams, each has won two and drawn one.
Both Mexican sides dispatched U.S. opposition in the semifinal round. Monterrey beat two-time reigning MLS Cup champion LA Galaxy 3-1 on aggregate, with Aldo De Nigris scoring a goal in each leg. Santos Laguna edged out the Seattle Sounders 2-1 on aggregate after drawing 1-1 at home on Tuesday.
Since the competition rebooted as the CONCACAF Champions League in 2008, only one non-Mexican team has reached the final -- Real Salt Lake in 2011.
"Football in the United States is growing, getting better each year," Los Angeles coach Bruce Arena said. "Our league is still behind the Mexican league. The Mexican league has greater resources to build better teams at this point."
The only team to win the regional championship three times in a row was Cruz Azul, from 1969-1971.
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