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Toronto FC, Tigres announce strong rosters for Campeones Cup

Greg Vanney has almost everyone to choose from tomorrow night.

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Ahead of Wednesday night’s inaugural Campeones Cup match at BMO Field, both Toronto FC and Tigres UANL announced the squads they’ll be drawing from to contest the trophy’s first-ever edition. It seems neither team is dismissing this clash between MLS and Liga MX, since they’ve both revealed that pretty much all the available stars for either team could be in the mix.

For TFC, all of Sebastian Giovinco, Jozy Altidore, and Michael Bradley, as well as many other first-team regulars, are on the squad list. Indeed, the only starter missing from the group is centre-back Chris Mavinga, who is still nursing an injury. Perhaps surprisingly, Auro Jr. (who hasn’t played in weeks due to a hamstring injury) is listed on the Reds’ roster.

Tigres manager Tuca Ferretti has also named a pretty much full-strength squad, with Andre-Pierre Gignac, Enner Valencia, Eduardo Vargas, and most other starters making the trip from Mexico to Toronto. It’s interesting that Tigres have sent such a loaded team to Canada, especially with a local derby against Monterrey coming up on Sunday.

The Reds and Tigres made it to the Campeones Cup by winning their leagues’ championships in 2017 — MLS Cup and the Campeon de Campeones final, respectively. Neither club is finding quite the same success at the moment, with TFC well outside of a playoff spot and Tigres sitting seventh in Liga MX at the moment.

The two sides met back in the spring for a dramatic CONCACAF Champions League quarter-final tie, which TFC won on away goals.

Toronto FC Squad:

G - Alex Bono
G - Clint Irwin
D - Auro
D - Nick Hagglund
D - Jason Hernandez
D - Ashtone Morgan
D - Justin Morrow
D - Eriq Zavaleta
D - Gregory van der Wiel
M - Michael Bradley
M - Jay Chapman
M - Marky Delgado
M - Liam Fraser
M - Jonathan Osorio
M - Ryan Telfer
M - Victor Vazquez
F - Ayo Akinola
F - Jozy Altidore
F - Jon Bakero
F - Sebastian Giovinco
F - Lucas Janson
F - Tosaint Ricketts

Tigres UANL Squad:

G - Nahuel Guzman
G - Eduardo Fernandez
G - Miguel Ortega
D - Israel Jimenez
D - Juninho
D - Hugo Ayala
D - Jorge Torres Nilo
D - Juan Sanchez
D - Luis Rodriguez
D - Eduardo Tercero
M - Rafael de Souza
M - Lucas Zelarayan
M - Eduardo Vargas
M - Guido Pizarro
M - Jesus Dueñas
F - Andre-Pierre Gignac
F - Enner Valencia
F - Rafael Duran
F - Victor Sosa
F - Jurgen Damm
F - Julian Quiñones