Wednesday night had two very anticipated matches in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals, and the games did not disappoint. We saw something very rare happen, and that is the MLS sides took home wins against Liga MX sides in back-to-back games.
Here’s how the games went down…
Leg 1: Toronto FC 2, Tigres 1
Of all the matches in the quarterfinals, Tigres v Toronto FC was the one everyone circled on their schedule. It was a cold night in Toronto FC and that showed during the first half. Both teams were “feeling” things out, and the score remained, 0-0, at half.
The second half opened up, to the fans enjoyment. Eduardo Vargas got Tigres on the board in the 52nd minute, as he shot from an angle to put the ball away. The lead, however, was short-lived, as Toronto equalized in the 60th minute. Jozy Altidore beat the Tigres defense and got Toronto back in the game.
Tigres had quite a few chances to score after that point, but it was Toronto FC who walked away happy. Jonathan Osorio put away a slow rolling backheel to give Toronto the 2-1 victory, which will be very important next week in Monterrey.
Leg 1: Seattle Sounders 1, Chivas 0
After two Liga MX teams fell on Tuesday and Wednesday, it was down to Chivas to restore some order. Seattle, though, had other plans in mind. Chivas was in a better rhythm in the first half, even coming very close to an opening goal when Alan Pulido failed to convert on a 1 v 1.
The Sounders were gaining confidence the longer the match went 0-0, and in the 78th minute, Clint Dempsey put away the dagger for the home side. Chivas scrambled for an answer but there was nothing coming from their effort on Wednesday night.