REVIEW | First legs of the CONCACAF Champions League semi-finals

It was a mixed week for the MLS teams in the semi-finals of the CONCACAF Champions League. Toronto got a big win at home to Club America, while the Red Bulls will have to overturn a one-goal deficit, after a narrow defeat in Mexico.

 

Guadalajara 1 (Brizuela 26’)

NY Red Bulls 0

Just a single goal was scored in the game, as Guadalajara took a vital win from the home leg of their tie against the NY Red Bulls. Isaac Brizuela scored the only goal of the game, giving the home side the lead before the half hour mark. The Red Bulls had chances, but could not get past Rodolfo Cota in the Guadalajara goal. The visitors went down to ten men late on, as Aurelien Collin was sent off for a second yellow card. Both he, and Alex Muyl, will be suspended for the second leg in a weeks’ time.

 

Toronto FC 3 (Giovinco pen 9’, Altidore 44’, Morgan 58’)

Club America 1 (Ibarguen 21’)

Toronto took apart the seven time winners of the CONCACAF Champions League, scoring three times in the first leg at BMO Field. Sebastian Giovinco was brought down in the box to give the hosts an early penalty. The Italian fired helm from twelve yards to give Toronto the lead. The game was level twelve minutes later, when Andres Ibarguen scored a wonderful individual effort, but Toronto had the lead at the break. Jozy Altidore scored on a breakaway to make it 2-1 at the half.

Before the hour mark, the reigning MLS Cup Champions took a two goal lead for the first time in the game. Ashtone Morgan scored his first goal of the season to make it 3-1 after 58 minutes, a scoreline which stayed the same until the final whistle. The Canadian side are in a wonderful position to go through to the final after this first leg performance.

 

Both second legs will be played on Wednesday, with the deciding game between the Red Bulls and Guadalajara first, followed by Toronto’s trip to face Club America.

  • NY Red Bulls v Guadalajara (Thursday 1am, UK time)
  • Club America v Toronto FC (Thursday 3am, UK time)

 

 

Written by @MattJColes

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