This week sees the second leg matches of the first round ties in this year’s CONCACAF Champions League. Only 21 goals were scored in the eight first leg matches last week, with six of those coming in one game.
It is still all to play for in the majority of the contests, with Club América looking like the only team that have already secured their qualification to the quarter finals of the competition.
Tigres UANL (2) v (2) Herediano
The Mexican side thought they had this tie wrapped up with just a few minutes to go in the first leg. However, Herediano weren’t finished, scoring twice in the final three minutes to make it a 2-2 draw in Costa Rica. Yendrick Ruiz and Jairo Arrieta got the goals to keep Herediano in the tie going into the second leg.
Tigres UANL will come into the game as the favourites, having reached the final in the last two seasons, and with home advantage in the second leg. However, the Costa Rican side will fancy themselves. They will need to beat their hosts, though, as Tigres have two crucial away goals from the first leg.
The second leg of this one is one of the first games of the week, with kickoff at 1am in the UK, on Wednesday morning. It will be a 7pm kickoff in Mexico, with the game being played at the Estadio Universitario, with a capacity of over 41,000.
Toronto FC (2) v (0) Colorado Rapids
The all-MLS tie finished the way most expected in the first leg, with the reigning MLS Cup Champions taking a comfortable two goal victory in Colorado last week. Jonathan Osorio and Sebastian Giovinco scored second half goals to give the Canadian side the advantage.
This will be the seventh meeting between these sides in the last six years, as they play each other once a year in the MLS. Toronto will be huge favourites, especially with the two goal lead from the first leg. Those goals are also away goals, meaning Colorado may need to score at least three to have a chance this week.
BMO Field will play host to the match on Wednesday morning, which is on at the same time as the Tigres-Herediano clash. The 30,000 seat stadium will see the game kick off at 8pm EST on Tuesday evening, another 1am Wednesday start for British fans.
Tijuana (1) v (0) Motagua
There was just a single goal in the first leg of this game, with the favoured Tijuana grabbing victory against the Honduran side. The game, which was played in the United States due to the political and social situation in Honduras, was won thanks to an Ignacio Rivero second half strike.
The teams travel back to Mexico for the second leg, with the hosts certainly favourites now. They come into the game with the away goal in their pocket, as well as the lead. Motagua will need to score twice to secure victory on their travels
The game will be played at the 27,000 capacity Estadio Caliente on Tuesday night, the third tie of the week. The game kicks off at 7pm PST, in Mexico, with a kick off time of 3am on Wednesday morning back in the UK.
FC Dallas (0) v (1) Tauro
Despite being the seeded team, FC Dallas fell to defeat in Panama, with Tauro taking victory last week by just a single goal. Edwin Aguilar got the all-important strike just before the hour mark in Panama City, giving them the advantage coming into the second leg.
FC Dallas have it all to do as they welcome Tauro to Frisco, knowing they will need at least two goals to advance to the quarter finals of the CCL. Tauro will probably look to sit back and let the hosts come to them, before trying to hit them on the counter attack.
Toyota Stadium will play host to the game, with a possible 20,000 supporters there on Wednesday evening. The game kicks off at 8pm in Texas, a 1am kickoff on Thursday morning for the British viewers.
Guadalajara (2) v (0) Cibao
On their first appearance in the competition, Cibao did not disgrace themselves. However, Guadalajara took a comfortable two goal victory away from the first leg in the Dominican Republic. Jesús Sánchez García and José Juan Macías scored the goals to give the Mexican side victory last week.
Cibao’s first away trip in the CONCACAF Champions League will be to Mexico, where they will look to overturn the deficit in Guadalajara. However, the hosts have the two away goals from the first leg, and they will be heavy favourites.
The game kicks off at 7pm in Mexico on Wednesday night, another 1am start for British fans on Thursday morning. The Estadio Akron will play host, with the 46,000 stadium ready for a big night in the continental competition.
Club América (5) v (1) Saprissa
The biggest result of the first legs came in Costa Rica, as Club América scored five past Saprissa last week. Cecilio Domínguez and Mateus Uribe scored twice, with Renato Ibarra adding to the punishment for the Costa Rican side. Ariel Francisco Rodríguez got one for Saprissa, but they were beaten heavily.
The Mexican side play host in the second leg, with a four goal lead in hand. They also have five away goals in their pocket, with Saprissa knowing they will have to bring their absolute best to have any chance of going through to the last eight.
Estadio Azteca, the Mexican national stadium, will play host to the game, with a capacity of 87,000. The game will kick off at 9pm on Wednesday evening in Mexico, with a late start of 3am for British fans on Thursday morning
New York Red Bulls (1) v (1) Olimpia
Last week, the New York Red Bulls travelled to Costa Rica to face Olimpia, with the game having been moved from Honduras due to the political and social situation in the country. Daniel Royer had given the visitors a first half lead, but Olimpia equalised in the second half, with Bryan Moya salvaging a draw for the Honduran side.
The second leg will be played in New York, where the Red Bulls have struggled in recent times. However, they will be favourites thanks to the away goal, and they know that a win will send them through to the quarter finals of the competition.
The Red Bull Arena will play host to the game on Thursday evening, with an 8pm kick off at the 25,000 seat stadium. The game will start at 1am for British fans, an early start on Friday morning.
Seattle Sounders (1) v (2) Santa Tecla
The surprise result of the first legs came in El Salvador, as Santa Tecla beat the Seattle Sounders 2-1. The 2016 MLS Cup Champions, and last season’s finalists, opened the scoring through Nicolas Lodeiro, but a second half double from Gerson Mayen turned the game around.
Seattle will still be confident, however, thanks to the away goal they picked up on their travels last week. The Salvadoran side come into the game with the lead, though, and will look to sit back and defend their single goal lead.
CenturyLink Field will play host to the game on Thursday evening, with a 7pm kickoff time on the West Coast of America. That is a 3am start for British fans, watching the game take place at the 40,000 seater stadium.
British Kick-Off Times:
- Tigres UANL v Herediano: 1am, Wednesday
- Toronto v Colorado: 1am, Wednesday
- Tijuana v Motagua: 3am, Wednesday
- FC Dallas v Tauro: 1am, Thursday
- Guadalajara v Cibao: 1am, Thursday
- Club América v Saprissa: 3am, Thursday
- NY Red Bulls v Olimpia: 1am, Friday
- Seattle v Santa Tecla: 3am, Friday
Written by Matt Coles. (Twitter, @MattjColes)