CCL Quarterfinals Recap: Dallas, Vancouver Advance

CCL Concacaf Champions League

by RYAN BRISTER

Four teams remain in the CONCACAF Champions League: two from MLS and two from Mexico’s Liga MX: FC Dallas vs. Pachuca and Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Tigres. In the past, the latter stages of the tournament have not gone well for teams from north of the Mexican border.

Vancouver Whitecaps 2-0 (3-1) New York Red Bulls

A teenager and a newcomer sent Vancouver through to the semifinals. From the beginning, it was not New York’s night. The impressive Alphonso Davies, 16, put the Whitecaps in front in the fifth minute. Shortly thereafter, Gonzalo Verón left the game with an injury. The Red Bulls had chances to equalize, but were denied by goalkeeper David Ousted, last-ditch defending and the offside flag. At the other end, Fredy Montero came on as a substitute and scored the insurance goal in the 77th minute.

Arabe Unido 2-1 (2-5) FC Dallas

FC Dallas moves on to the semifinals for the first time in club history after seeing off Arabe Unido. The work for Dallas was done in the first leg, which they won 4-0, but an own goal in the first half made sure of the result. Earlier this week, the visitors from MLS may have taken their foot up off the gas a little bit at the end, when Arabe scored twice in the final few minutes to win the second leg.

Tigres 3-0 (4-1) Pumas

Tigres came out on top of their Liga MX rivals thanks to a dominant away performance. Jurgen Damm scored twice for the visitors, one goal in each half, as they buried Pumas. Luis Quinones added a late goal for good measure. Tigres will play Vancouver in the semifinals.

Pachuca 4-0 (4-0) Saprissa

Liga MX side Pachuca will be waiting for Dallas in the semis after defeating Saprissa. The two sides played to a scoreless draw in Costa Rica, but the return leg was lopsided. Victor Guzmán opened the scoring in the 29th minute, followed quickly by a goal from Jonathan Urretaviscaya. The hosts scored two more in the second half, and finished the match up a man after Daniel Colindres was sent off late.