This week sees the second legs of the quarter final ties in this year’s CONCACAF Champions League. All four ties had different results in the first legs, with Club America being the team to be closest to securing their qualification, yet again. In the other ties, all three MLS sides take a lead going into the second leg matches of their clashes.
Guadalajara (0) v (1) Seattle Sounders
The Seattle Sounders will take a one goal lead into their second leg against Guadalajara this week, knowing a draw would send them through to the final four of the CONCACAF Champions League for the second time in their history. They overcame a first leg deficit in the Round of 16 against Santa Tecla to make it this far.
Guadalajara had never made it past the group stage in the old format of the tournament, so this has been a success for the Mexican side. They beat Cibao 7-0 on aggregate to make it this far, but thanks to a Clint Dempsey goal last week, they will need to win the second leg to have any chance of going through.
The game will be played at Estadio Akron on Wednesday night. It is the last of the four games, with a 3am kickoff time for British fans on Thursday morning.
NY Red Bulls (2) v (0) Tijuana
Bradley Wright-Phillips was the hero in Mexico last week. The Red Bulls’ striker scored twice to give his side a comfortable victory in the first leg of their quarter final clash with Tijuana. He is the joint top-scorer in the tournament, having also bagged one in the second leg of their Round of 16 tie against Olimpia. He will be looking to add to his three this week.
Tijuana will need a monumental performance on American soil if they are to go through to the semi finals of the tournament. However, they have not scored more than a single goal in each of their three matches, having won 1-0 and drew 1-1 in their two games against Motagua in the first round of the competition.
The second leg f this tie will take place at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NY, and is the first fixture to take place this week. It is a 1am kick off in the UK on Wednesday morning, with a Tuesday evening start of 9pm in New York.
Tauro (0) v (4) Club America
The biggest result of the first legs came in Mexico, as Club America hit four past Panamanian side Tauro. The underdogs surprised everyone by beating FC Dallas in the Round of 16, but will need a miracle if they are to advance any further.
The Mexican side are the most decorated in the tournament’s history, and are well on their way to lifting an eighth title come the end of April. Joe Corona, Henry Martin, Cecilio Dominguez and Andres Ibarguen got the goals to give Club America a 4-0 victory last week.
They travel to Estadio Rommel Fernandez, in Panama City, for the second leg. The game will kick off at 9pm on Wednesday evening in Panama, a 1am start on Thursday in the UK.
Tigres UANL (1) v (2) Toronto FC
The juiciest tie of the round is between Tigres UANL, the runners-up for the last two years, and Toronto FC, the first team to complete a domestic treble in the MLS. The tie is poised nicely going into the second leg, thanks to goals from Jozy Altidore and Jonathan Osorio, giving Toronto a come-from-behidn win in the first leg.
Tigres will be confident going into the second leg, having grabbed an away goal at BMO Field last week, and they will be looking to get to the final for the third year in succession. Eduardo Vargas got their goal in the first leg, giving them a shot in the second leg this week.
UANL will play host on Tuesday evening. The game kicks off at 9pm at Estadio Universitario, in San Nicolas de los Garza, with UK fans seeing a 3am kick off time on Wednesday morning.
- NY Red Bulls v Tijuana (Wednesday 1am, UK time)
- Tigres UANL v Toronto (Wednesday 3am, UK time)
- Tauro v Club America (Thursday 1am, UK time)
- Guadalajara v Seattle (Thursday 3am, UK time)
Written by Matt Coles (@MattjColes)