Pumas UNAM were responsible for losing the dominance of Mexican teams in the CONCACAF Champions League, after being defeated by the Seattle Sounders 5-2 on aggregate. The hegemony lasted 16 years and ended with the loss of the Felinos.
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Since 2016, Mexican teams dominated the competition and won the trophy 16 times in a row, a situation that came to an end in the 2022 edition after the MLS outfit, Seattle Sounders, led by Brian Schemtzer, beat the Auriazules in the final.
It's not the first time the Pumas have lost
As a fun fact, Pumas were the last Mexican club to lose a CONCACAF Champions League final, as in 2005 they were defeated by Costa Rican side Saprissa, who won the competition 3-2 on aggregate.
In the first leg in Costa Rica, Saprissa won 2-0 with goals from Christian Bolaños and Gabriel Badilla. In the second leg at the Olímpico Universitario, Pumas won 2-1, but it was not enough due to the away goal scored by the Costa Ricans.
Joaquín del Olmo and Leandro Augusto scored the goals for the felines and gave their fans hope, but Ronald Gómez's goal left the Mexicans lying on the field.
After the felines' defeat, the Mexican clubs dominated the zone and were constant in the Club World Cup, a competition that awards a place to the champion of each confederation in the world.
Winningest Mexican teams
In the regional competition, Pachuca and Monterrey are the most winning teams, with five titles since the new format was implemented in 2002. América follows with three championships, while Chivas, Cruz Azul, Tigres, Atlante and Toluca have one.
Now, after 17 years and after returning to an international final, the felines lost again, this time to the Seattle Sounders of the MLS.