The first matches are over and we have two different storylines. Tigres went down to Costa Rica to face Herediano as heavy favorites, while Toronto battled a league foe in Colorado.
Here’s what went down…
Tigres 2, Herediano 2
Despite not having their go-to striker and captain, Tigres were still very much favored to win in Costa Rica on Tuesday night. They lived up to that hype early on, as Fransisco Meza connected on a corner to put away the first goal in the 14th minute. The away team seemed to have control of the match, and that was evident when Lucas Zelarayán put away the second goal in the 58th minute.
Herediano was down and out, however, as they were awarded a justified penalty in the 89th minute. Yendrick Ruiz successfully converted, and only two minutes later, Herediano got the equalizer.
Tigres got a favorable result on the road, but the momentum swung towards Herediano. The question will be if they can sustain that in front of 60,000 Tigres fans at their back.
Toronto FC 2, Colorado Rapids 0
It wasn’t your usual football weather in Colorado on Tuesday, as Toronto FC and the Colorado Rapids faced off with a brisk 12 degrees at kickoff. As expected, with a horrible chill in the air, the game was very slow to find any rhythm. The first half was stale, at best.
The second half picked up a bit, and it was Jonathan Osorio who got Toronto the advantage on the road in the 58th minute. Although it was a sloppy play, the away goal was huge. Nearly twenty minutes later, Sebastian Giovinco made it 2-0 for the road team.
Colorado is in a terrible spot, especially with how powerful Toronto will be with the fans on their side next week. The talent for Toronto may just be too much for Colorado to conquer.