The first leg of the round of 16 is completed and we witnessed some truly bizarre matches. Liga MX teams, for the most part, did their job on the road, while MLS sides had problems with some Central American foes.
Take a look at how the teams did…
Tijuana Xolos 1, Motagua 0
It was not a pretty match by any standards, but Tijuana walked away with a victory against the Honduran side Motagua. The match was held in Texas and the poor weather that night ended up delaying the game in the second half. When the game resumed, the lone goal was scored by Ignacio Rivero in the 71st minute.
The next leg will be held in Tijuana, where the Xolos have a chance to advance with as little as a draw.
Club América 5, Saprissa 1
One of the few CONCACAF sides not from Mexico or U.S. which seemed to have a chance was Saprissa of Costa Rica. However, that all ended quickly on Wednesday night. It only took three minutes for América to get on the board thanks to a goal from Cecilio Domínguez. From there, the floodgates opened.
Expect some experimentation in the second leg by Club América due to such an overwhelming lead in their round of 16 series.
Tauro 1, FC Dallas 0
FC Dallas entered the heavy favorite over Tauro, yet, Tauro stood tall at the end of 90 minutes. The side from Panama will be heading to Dallas with a 1-0 advantage over FC Dallas thanks to a goal from Edwin Aguilar, who took advantage of an error from Jesse González.
Chivas 2, Cibao 0
The Mexican side didn’t roll over Cibao of the Dominican Republic as easy as expected, but it was enough to get the victory. Jesús Sánchez got Chivas on the board in the 40th minute and youngster José Macías got one in the 90th minute.
Chivas should have a comfortable time at home, as Cibao is not as experienced as other teams in this tournament.
Santa Tecla 2, Seattle Sounders 1
On Thursday night, we saw one of the most shocking upsets in recent CONCACAF Champions League history. The Salvadorian side Santa Tecla took on Seattle and walked away with a 2-1 victory. Thanks to a brace from Gerson Mayen, Santa Tecla will be heading to Seattle with confidence. Things don’t get easier for Seattle, as Jordan Morris has been diagnosed with an ACL tear.
Olimpia 1, New York Red Bulls 1
New York faced Olimpia is an empty stadium and got on the board in the 31st minute. Despite having a lead for a long period of the match, Olimpia’s Brayan Moya converted a penalty in the 70th minute and held that the final 20 minutes of the match.
Unlike Seattle and FC Dallas, New York looks to be the most likely to turn things around in the second leg.