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Mexico Takes Upper Hand Over U.S. in That Other Champions League

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Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei made a save in the team’s 2-2 draw with Club América on Tuesday night.

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The United States and Mexico have one of the fiercer and most closely contested rivalries in world soccer. Among clubs in the two countries, there is a rivalry as well, but Mexican teams have had a significant edge for some time. Four Major League Soccer franchises are trying to change that this week.

The annual showdown between the two nations’ teams comes in the Concacaf Champions League. Mexican and American teams are the strongest in the competition, which includes teams from North and Central America and the Caribbean. The winner of the tournament gets a berth in the FIFA Club World Cup in December in Japan, where it would potentially face the winner of Europe’s much more well-known Champions League.

This season, four Mexican and four American teams won their three-team groups and advanced to the quarterfinals, when each of the matchups pits a…

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