We are now one round closer to determining the best team in CONCACAF, and we have seen some exciting results on the way to the semifinals. There were some comebacks, as well as some dominating matches. One of the strongest teams also bowed out in disappointing fashion, giving hope to one particular team in Canada.
Take a look at how the semifinals are set for April…
New York Red Bulls vs Chivas (Leg 1 is on April 4 at Estadio Akron)
If one team earns praise for their absolute destruction of a favorite, it’s New York Red Bulls. Tijuana Xolos failed to make any significant impact during the two legs, while NYRB brilliantly picked them apart on the counter over and over again. NYRB ended up with a crushing 5-1 aggregate over the team from Tijuana. Their momentum is admirable, as they reached the semifinals as possible favorites to reach the final on one side of the bracket.
Their road match to begin their quarterfinals were disappointing, but Chivas did one powerful comeback on Wednesday night in Guadalajara. Entering the game down 0-1 on aggregate, Chivas struggled the first 45 minutes to find an answer against a Seattle wall in front of goal. It only took one goal, however, to get the floodgates opened for Chivas.
Oswaldo Alanís lined up his freekick in the 50th minute and hit the ball as good as any in the CONCACAF. The goal was the boost Chivas needed, as they ended up smashing Seattle Sounders, 3-0, which gave them the 3-1 aggregate ticket to the semis.
Club América vs Toronto FC (Leg 1 is on April 3 at BMO Stadium)
Toronto FC had a tall task of keeping Tigres off the board while they held a 2-1 aggregate lead on the road in the second leg. Although Toronto did not carry a lot of possession, an own-goal gave them a 1-0 lead in the 64th minute, putting Tigres in a huge hole.
Tigres did manage to trade goals, but a 3-2 win was not enough from the Mexican side. Toronto FC earned their ticket thanks to road goals, as Tigres will have to hang their heads in disappointment, as they failed to once again claim the crown in an international tournament.
After taking out FC Dallas, it looked like Tauro may have to be taken very seriously. After the first leg in Estadio Azteca, it was clear Club América was just too strong for the Panamanian side. Club América was able to go down to Panama and collect a 3-1 win, ending the aggregate, 7-1.
Although Tauro is not a huge opponent, Club América will have time to face some stronger opposition before April 3 to get their barrings ready for a strong Toronto FC side.