The Mexican club América and the American Philadelphia Union won in their first leg duels for the second round of the Concacaf Champions League, on a Wednesday match that had the tie between Toronto FC and the Aztec León.
At the last minute, America of Mexico defeated Olimpia of Honduras 2-1 in the tournament that will qualify a team to the Club World Cup this year.
Federico Viñas and Sergio Díaz, at 41 and 44 minutes, scored the Eagles’ goals, while Yustin Arboleda at 88 marked the discount for the locals, in a match played at the National Stadium in Tegucigalpa.
Next Wednesday, the Azteca stadium will be the scene of the definition of the key.
The knockout stages of the tournament feature four American clubs (Columbus Crew, Philadelphia, Portland Timbers and Atlanta United), plus Canada’s Toronto FC also from MLS.
In addition to three other Mexican teams (Monterrey, Cruz Azul and León). Costa Rica has two representatives with Alajuelense and Saprissa; Honduras also has the Marathon and the three remaining clubs are Real Estelí from Nicaragua, Pantoja from the Dominican Republic and Arcahaie from Haiti.
– Philadelphia, a fearsome visitor –
In San José, the Philadelphia Union of the MLS beat Costa Rican Saprissa 1-0 with a goal from Pole Kacper Przybylko.
In the 24th minute, Przybylko headed in after a cross from Cameroonian Olivier Mbaizo from the right wing.
Of the four American clubs participating in this stage, two have gone through the wide door with Atlanta (1-0) the day before and now Philadelphia (1-0), while the Portland Timbers finished Tuesday with a draw (2-2 ).
– Toronto was planted in Mexico –
In Mexico, Toronto FC of Canada drew 1-1 against local León.
Fernando Navarro scored the goal for the Leonese team at minute 25. Colombian Andrés Mosquera scored his own goal, at 50, the scoring of the visiting squad.
Unsuccessfully, Toronto did their best to take the lead and subdued the Lion who, even so, scored the first goal with a spectacular shot from Navarro from outside the area.
The second leg of this tie will be played on Wednesday, April 14 at Osceola Heritage Park, in the city of Kissimmee, Florida.
This Thursday, the round of 16 will continue with the Real Estelí-Columbus Crew and Pantoja-Monterrey matches.