CCL Quarterfinals, Leg 1 Recap: Dallas Wins Big


By Ryan Brister

The first leg of the quarterfinals in the CONCACAF Champions League produced  three draws and a big winner in FC Dallas. It’s now probable that two of the four semifinalists will be MLS sides, a boost for the league. In the last eight years, only five MLS clubs have reached the semis.

FC Dallas 4-0 Arabe Unido

Dallas routed Arabe Unido in their first leg, and looks set for the semifinals. FCD took control of the match from an early stage, and had a goal called back for offside in the 16th minute. It would not be denied, however. Cristian Colman, in his Dallas debut, got in behind the defense and put Dallas in front on the half-hour mark. Dallas kept up the pressure after the break, and was rewarded with a beauty of a goal by Kellyn Acosta. Arabe Unido was nearly washed away entirely in the second half,.

Dallas let several chances slip away in the second half, but kept at it. Acosta added a third goal late, and Michael Barrios scored in stoppage time . Both of those goals were assisted by Tesho Akindele, who came on as a substitute.

New York Red Bulls 1-1 Vancouver Whitecaps

New York and Vancouver fought to a 1-1 draw at Red Bull Arena on Wednesday night. It was the first competitive match of the year for both sides, and in many ways they played like it. The first half was affair that ended with the Whitecaps in front. Kekuta Manneh headed in a vital away goal in the 39th minute.

The Red Bulls had a chance from the penalty spot to tie the match early in the second half, but Sacha Kljestan’s attempt was right down the middle, and saved by David Ousted. Minutes later, Bradley Wright-Phillips did tie the score with a hard shot into the roof of the net. Cristian Techera was sent off for a wild follow-through that caught Sal Zizzo high, but the hosts were unable to capitalize on their advantage in the final 20 minutes.

Saprissa 0-0 Pachuca

Pachuca went to the Monster’s Cave in Costa Rica and came out with a scoreless draw. Saprissa would have been hoping to take a win with them to Mexico, but if nothing else they didn’t allow an away goal.

Tigres 1-1 Pumas

Two Liga MX sides played to a draw on Wednesday night. Tigres took the lead just before halftime, with a goal from the Chilean forward Eduardo Vargas. The hosts’ lead would not last. Matias Britos leveled the match in the 62nd minute. Having scored an away goal, Pumas take an advantage into the second leg.

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