JAMIE HILL - Thursday, October 28, 2010
The FIFA Club World Cup draw on Wednesday revealed Pachuca's path to ultimate international bragging rights.
The Tuzos will face the African representative on December 10 in Abu Dhabi.
CAF has still not crowned a club champion in 2010; Pachuca will await the results of a two-legged final between traditional powerhouses TP Mazembe (Lubumbashi, DR Congo) and Espérance (Tunis, Tunisia).
The winner of this quarterfinal match will advance to face Brazil's Internacional.
The other side of the bracket features a preliminary match between Abu Dhabi's own Al-Wahda and the OFC champion, Hekari United out of Papua New Guinea.
The victor will compete against the yet-to-be-determined Asian champion in a quarterfinal match for the right to face Internazionale of Italy.
Despite the exclusivity of the event, Jose Francisco Torres is an old hand at Club World Cup play. Torres made three appearances -- starting twice -- in Pachuca's fourth place finish in 2008.
For Herculez Gomez and Marco Vidal, the squad's shorter-tenured Yanks, the tournament will be a completely new experience.
Pachuca will be somewhat apprehensive about their chances against their fellow continental champions after a sluggish start to the 2010 Apertura.
The Tuzos have a mere 16 points from 14 games and sit outside the playoff qualification zone in the Mexican Primera.