CCL Review, Highlights: Earthquakes, Sporting KC bow out

TOLUCA EARTHQUAKES CCL

It was the dark horse MLS side that nearly advanced to the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals as a depleted San Jose Earthquakes team pushed Toluca to the limits, dropping a decision in a dramatic penalty kick finale.

Toluca edged the Earthquakes 5-4 on penalty shots after Shea Salinas slammed the crossbar in the sixth frame of action. The erred shot capped off a night that saw San Jose put in a competitive performance, particularly as the Earthquakes began the match without starters Chris Wondolowski, Alan Gordon, Clarence Goodson and Victor Bernardez.

While Toluca had the better of the goal scoring opportunities, it would be San Jose that struck first as defender Ty Harden leaped towards a feed in the box and nailed a header in the 56th minute to give his side the lead. Toluca would equalize just over ten minutes later thanks to an impressive strike from Isaac Brizuela.

Controversy struck in extra time. Alan Gordon managed to find the back of the net, but his goal was called back on what appeared to be an errant offside.

Both teams missed their penalties in the first frame, and would remain tied through the sixth round, where Salinas shanked his shot to give Toluca the victory.

Here are the match highlights:

PAV-OWNED

Mariano Pavone led his team with a hat trick as Cruz Azul demolished the defending MLS Cup Champion Sporting KC 5-1 (5-2 agg.)

Pavone struck two minutes into the match, erasing KC’s aggregate lead. He doubled the lead just over 20 minutes later before Benny Feilhaber pulled up some magic of his own with a low screamer in on frame to tie the aggregate at two a piece.

The Kansas City defense fell apart in the second. Pavone added his third for the natural hat trick in the 55th and teammates Mauro Formica and Christian Gimenez scored to put the game out of question — and out of reach.

With their loss, MLS teams once again made an early exit from CONCACAF Champions League competition.

Here are the match highlights:


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  • At least it seems MLS have a good shot getting past the group stages and W Connection history aside, RBNY should get past it as well this coming summer/fall.

  • rafael

    Would be nice if MLS teams played their “A” squad from the opening minutes.


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