Coming into the second legs, it was all to play for in the majority of the Round of 16 ties. Club America were the only team that had almost guaranteed their qualification through to the last eight, thanks to a 5-1 win in the first leg over Saprissa. Elsewhere, it was all to play for for the five MLS teams, though one of them was bound to be exiting the competition at this stage. Toronto had a 2-0 lead over Colorado coming into the second leg of their tie.
In the end, only three MLS teams would go through, with the Seattle Sounders, New York Red Bulls and Toronto FC all safely advancing to the quarter finals. The big shock of the round would see Panamanian side Tauro defeat FC Dallas on away goals, becoming the only team from the second tier of seeding to move through to the last eight of the tournament. We will start with the teams from the MLS.
FC Dallas 3 (Urruti 32’, Diaz 50’, Colman 90+2’)
Tauro 2 (Aguilar 15’, Gonzalez 44’)
(3-3 on aggregate, Tauro advance on away goals)
Tauro came into the second leg holding a one goal lead from their home tie, but knew it would be difficult to get a result in Dallas. However, they took an early lead, as Edwin Aguilar, the goalscorer from last week, put the Panamanian side in front after quarter of an hour. Maxi Urruti got one back, before Jesus Gonzalez put Tauro two goals ahead on aggregate before the break. Second half goals from Mauro Diaz and Josue Colman levelled the tie, but it was not enough, as Tauro would go through on away goals, after a 3-3 finish on aggregate.
Toronto FC 0
Colorado Rapids 0
(Toronto win 2-0 on aggregate)
The reigning MLS Cup Champions came into their second leg against the Colorado Rapids with a two goal lead, and that would be how it stayed after the second batch of 90 minutes. Neither side could get on the scoresheet in the game, with the Canadian side going through to the quarter finals.
Seattle Sounders 4
Santa Tecla 0
(Seattle win 5-2 on aggregate)
After losing in El Salvador last Thursday evening, Seattle knew they needed to play much better if they were to make it through to the last eight of the competition. They did. After a goalless first half, the Sounders scored four after the break to safely see them through. Will Bruin, Nicolas Lodeiro, Chad Marshall and Maguns Wolff Eikrem got the goals to secure a quarter final spot for the 2016 MLS Cup Champions.
NY Red Bulls 2
(Red Bulls win 3-1 on aggregate)
The Red Bulls got a 1-1 draw against Olimpia last week, but crucially, they came away with that goal on the road. It would not matter in the end, as two goals in ten second half minutes would see them through to the last eight. Bradley Wright-Phillips and Sean Davis scored either side of the hour mark to give the New York side a 2-0 victory on the night, seeing them through on aggregate with a 3-1 scoreline.
Club America 1
(Club America win 6-2 on aggregate)
After winning 5-1 in Costa Rica last week, Club America already had their quarter final spot in the books. It looked like it could have been another battering for Saprissa early in the second leg, as Darwin Quintero opened the scoring for the Mexican side in the first minute of the match. Mariano Torres made it 1-1 on the night, but it finished 6-2 on aggregate, with the seven-times CCL Champions comfortably through to the final eight of the tournament.
(Guadalajara win 7-0 on aggregate)
Cibao still had a chance on their debut in the competition, despite losing 2-0 at home to Guadalajara in the first leg. The side from the Dominican Republic were still in the game just before the break, but a goal on the stroke of half-time killed off all hopes of a miraculous comeback. Oswaldo Alanis made it 3-0 on aggregate, before the Mexican side scored four second half goals to make it a rout. Carlos Ernesto Cisneros made it two on the night, before Jose Juan Macias got his second of the tournament. Alan Pulido and Alejandro Mayorga made it a five goal victory in the second leg. It finished 7-0 on aggregate.
Tigres UANL 3
(UANL win 5-3 on aggregate)
After a 2-2 draw in the first leg, the tie was evenly-balanced, especially with Herediano having scored twice in the final few minutes to salvage a draw at home. Former West Ham and Everton forward, Enner Valencia scored two second half goals for Tigres, though, to effectively put the tie out of reach. Jairo Arrieta did score his second of the tournament for the Costa Rican side, but a stoppage time goal from Ismael Sosa made it 3-1on the night for UANL, and a comfortable 5-3 victory on aggregate.
(Tijuana win 2-1 on aggregate)
The lowest-scoring tie of the round was between Tijuana and Motagua. The Mexican side had won by a single goal in the first leg, and took the lead early in the second encounter to double their lead in the tie. Jose Alberto Garcia put Tijuana in front after just three minutes. They were comfortable until the last few minutes when Walter Joel Martinez equalised for Motagua on the night. They only needed on more goal to go through on the away goals rule, but Tijuana held on for a 2-1 aggregate victory.
So seven of the sides through to the quarter finals hail from either Liga MX, or the MLS. The underdog in the competition is Panamanian side Tauro, who will face Club America, the most decorated side in the competition’s history. Elsewhere, it is MX vs MLS. Seattle host Guadalajara in their first leg, while the Red Bulls travel to Tijuana. Toronto will host Tigres UANL in the second leg of their tie, which is the tie of the round.
Quarter Final Ties:
- Seattle Sounders (USA) v Guadalajara (MEX)
- Tijuana (MEX) v New York Red Bulls (USA)
- Toronto FC (CAN) v Tigres UANL (MEX)
- Club America (MEX) v Tauro (PAN)
Written by Matt Coles. (Twitter, @MattJColes)