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What to watch on match day 1 of the final round of the 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League group stage

The CCL games to keep an eye on tonight.

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There are three match-days in the final round of the 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League. The first brings three games, of which one is completely irrelevant to anyone not specifically interested in either Antigua GFC or Alianza.

But the other two will have a bearing on group winners and knockout round seedings, and therefore may be of interest to New York Red Bulls fans.

CCL 2016-17 Group Stage, Final Round, Match Day One: October 18

Group D: Arabe Unido vs Don Bosco

8:00 pm, Eastern; @ Estadio Maracana, Panama City, Panama

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TV: Univision Deportes

Online:; CONCACAF Facebook page

The first game on the docket will produce the first result of significance to the final standings for the knockout rounds. Arabe Unido has already won Group D, but this match will decide if it will be seeded above or below Vancouver Whitecaps.

Arabe Unido is expected to win. Anything less is a major upset and Don Bosco will deserve praise for standing up to the team that took down Monterrey in this group.

The primary question - barring an unexpected upset by Don Bosco - is how much Arabe Unido wins by: it will take a win by three goals or more for the Panamanian club to claim a higher seed than the 'Caps in the knockout rounds.

Group F: Antigua GFC vs Alianza

10:00 pm, Eastern; @ Estadio Doroteo Guamuch Flores, Guatemala City, Guatemala

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TV: nope

Online: CONCACAF Facebook page

Unless you have a particular interest in either team, skip it. This is the dead-rubber match from the group the New York Red Bulls have already won. Nothing to see here.

Group G: UANL Tigres vs Herediano

10:00 pm, Eastern; @ Estadio Universitario de Nuevo Leon, San Nicolas de los Garza, Mexico

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TV: Galavision

Online:;  CONCACAF Facebook page

Maybe, just maybe, an upset to be seen here; insofar as a top Costa Rican team making the CCL quarterfinals can be considered an upset.

Herediano is currently top of the standings in Costa Rica's top flight. Tigres aren't doing badly in Liga MX - third in the table at the moment - but they have lost their last three games, including a surprising loss to Plaza Amador in the last round of CCL.

Tigres beat Herediano, 3-1, in Costa Rica earlier in this group stage. But that was then. Herediano has played a few more games since and found a bit of form. The odds are against the Costa Rican club because it needs the win to top Group G. But Tigres have lost their way recently and may prove vulnerable to a capable opponent.

From RBNY's perspective, a win for Herediano would be interesting: it would guarantee a lower-ranked quarterfinalist than the Red Bulls. A draw sends Tigres through, seeded below RBNY. A win for Tigres puts the Liga MX club at a higher seed than the Red Bulls.