The second legs of the CCL quarter finals took place this week, with three MLS teams looking to get through to the final four. It was not to be for Seattle, who fell to defeat, but both Toronto and the NY Red Bulls advanced to the semi finals, and could face off in the final at the end of April.
Guadalajara 3 (Alanis 50’, Lopez 55’, Godinez 81’)
Seattle Sounders 0
(Guadalajara won 3-1 on aggregate)
It was a bad night in Mexico for the Seattle Sounders, as they conceded three second half goals to bow out of the tournament. The MLS side came into the game holding a 1-0 lead from last week’s first leg, and at half time, they still held that slender margin. However, goals from Oswaldo Alanis and Javier Eduardo Lopez in the space of five second half minutes turned the tie around, giving Guadalajara a 2-1 lead. As the Sounders pressured in the latter stages, the Mexican side grabbed a third to seal the tie, with Jose de Jesus Godinez scoring the clinching goal.
NY Red Bulls 3 (Adams 28’, Rzatkowski 70’, Gamarra 76’)
Tijuana 1 (Mendoza 10’)
(NY Red Bulls won 5-1 on aggregate)
It looked ominous at one point in the second leg, but the NY Red Bulls came from behind on the night to secure their qualification to the semi finals. Having won 2-0 in Mexico last week, the Bulls were the favourites, but conceded an early goal. A tenth minute strike from Luis Angel Mendoza brought Tijuana into the game. From there, though, it was all with the MLS team. Tyler Adams levelled on the night on the half hour mark, before second half goals from Marc Rzatkowski and Alejandro Romero Gamarra sealed both the match, and the tie. A comfortable 5-1 scoreline for the Red Bulls, who advance to the final four for the first time in their history.
Tauro 1 (Sanchez 70’)
Club America 3 (Martin 6’, 19’, Diaz 67’)
(America won 7-1 on aggregate)
Having won by four goals in the first leg, Club America went to Panama and won another four-goal game to easily move through to the last four. This time, they won 3-1, mainly thanks to a Henry Martin brace inside the opening twenty minutes. The seven time winners of the CONCACAF Champions League scored a third on the night through Alejandro Diaz Liceaga to make it 7-0. Tauro did finally score a goal in the tie after 160 minutes of play, with Julio Sanchez scoring the consolation goal, but Club America are in the semi finals once again.
Tigres UANL 3 (Vargas 69’, Gignac 84’, pen 90+3’)
Toronto FC 2 (Carioca o.g. 64’, Giovinco 73’)
(4-4 on aggregate, Toronto qualify on away goals)
Toronto narrowly held on to go through to the semi finals, thanks to the away goals rule, having scored twice in Mexico this week. The MLS Cup Champions led 2-1 after the first leg, and the scoreline was the same after 45 minutes of the second game. They doubled their lead in the tie through a Rafael Carioca own goal, before Eduardo Vargas brought Tigres back into it five minutes later. Sebastian Giovinco then made it 4-2 on aggregate, before Andre-Pierre Gignac scored twice late on to make it 4-4 in the tie. However, Toronto held on to what was a 3-2 defeat on the night, to go through on away goals.
The final four are set, with two Mexican sides and two MLS sides. It could be an all-MLS final, should both Toronto and the NY Red Bulls beat their respective opponents in the semi finals. The Red Bulls face Guadalajara, with the away leg coming first. For Toronto to make it through to the final, they will have to beat Club America over two legs, the most decorated club in the history of the CCL. Toronto host the first leg, with those ties to be played at the start of April.
Written by @MattJColes