The first leg of the SCCL semifinal has concluded, and we are set up with a great second leg in the upcoming week. Both games were a joy to watch, and the push for the final ticket should bring us a grand finale.
Here is how the first leg went down…
Tigres 2, Vancouver Whitecaps 0
Tigres are no laughing matter when they play at home, and the Vancouver Whitecaps found that out on Tuesday night. Completely dominant in the possession (79%), Tigres dictated the game. Although no goals showed up in the first half, fans could feel the bunker eventually wearing down.
In the 66th minute, André-Pierre Gignac won the ball in the area and took a shot which deflected off of Kendall Watson, giving Tigres the 1-0 lead.
The lack of time on the ball clearly hurt Vancouver, and the 1-0 lead looked heavier as time went on. It was in the 87th minute when Eduardo Vargas saw the ball fall to his feet on a deflection, giving it a left footed hit. The ball was out of reach for a save, and Tigres took the 2-0 victory at home.
Unfortunately for Vancouver, this may be the end of their SCCL run. However, the result of the FC Dallas – Pachuca match might give them a spark to take down the CONCACAF giant.
FC Dallas 2, Pachuca 1
After a cruising victory in their SCCL quarterfinal matchup, FC Dallas then came back to host Pachuca. News that Hirving Lozano would be out one month slightly bolstered the MLS side, but the game did not start well for them off the bat. Franco Jara flicked the ball in the net in only the third minute, making this game look lopsided early.
Yet, late in the first half, a poor save by Alfonso Blanco planted the ball right to Maxaimiliano Urruti who hit home the equalizing goal.
Running off the momentum of the equalizer, it took only 12 minutes into the second half for Dallas to take advantage of a Pachuca error. Kellyn Acosta took a free kick and hit the ball home in the right corner of the net, giving the home team the 2-1 lead.
Despite several dangerous attacks, Pachuca looked flat the rest of the way, and will have to dig their way out of a hole in their home next week. FC Dallas will look to hold on, as the barrage of offense will be coming their way, but, it may not be too much of a task looking at Wednesday’s result.