The Seattle Sounders made their home-field advantage count as they picked up a 1-0 victory against Chivas de Guadalajara in the first leg of their 2018 CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal series.
The game was an end-to-end affair in the early stages as both teams looked to open the scoring. Alejandro Mayorga forced an early save out of Stefan Frei before Clint Dempsey tested Rodolfo Cota at the other end.
Tigres UANL took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Toronto FC came back for a 2-1 win in the first leg of their 2018 CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal series.
It was a frigid night in Canada and the field wasn’t in the best condition, but both teams nevertheless came out attacking as they looked to take control of the game. Sebastian Giovinco was dangerous for the hosts, but Tigres created threats of their own with Javier Aquino and Lucas Zelarayán.
The New York Red Bulls earned a surprise 0-2 away win against Tijuana in the first leg of their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal series. The visitors put just three shots on target throughout the game – compared to 13 on target for Tijuana – but they made their opportunities count as they picked up two valuable away goals.
The night started off brightly for the Red Bulls, who took the lead in just the 9th minute. Damián Pérez attempted to cut out a cross, but only managed to send the ball into the path of Bradley Wright-Phillips, who made it 0-1.
América took a commanding 4-0 lead in the first leg of their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal series against Tauro FC.
The Panamanians came to the Azteca to defend, and it took América a little time to find the breakthrough. But in the 19th minute, Joe Corona gave the hosts the lead with a left-footed shot from the top of the box.
The 2018 CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals begin this week. This round is an aggregate goals series and away goals are tiebreakers.
All four of Mexico’s entrants made it through the Round of Sixteen and will now look to advance to the semifinals. América starts the quarters off on Tuesday when they host Panama’s Tauro FC, with Tijuana hosting the New York Red Bulls later that night.
The Apertura 2017 Gran Final is a historic affair, with regional rivals Monterrey and Tigres UANL directly contesting the Liga MX title for the first time. Although there have been Clásico Regios in the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds of the playoffs before, this is the first time the Rayados and the universitarios will go head-to-head in the final.
Tigres finished the regular season in second and advanced past 7th-seeded León in the quarterfinals and 3rd-seeded América in the semis, while Monterrey was the superlíder and beat 8th-seeded Atlas and then 4th-seeded Morelia.
Tigres will host the first leg of the Gran Final on Thursday, while Monterrey will host the decisive second leg on Sunday.
Monterrey earned a 0-1 away win against Monarcas Morelia in the first leg of their semifinal series thanks to a first-half penalty.
Monarcas started the game well in front of their home fans, who packed the Estadio Morelos. The hosts had the first good chance of the game in just the 3rd minute, when Rodrigo Millar saw his shot hit the crossbar with the goalkeeper beaten.
A controversial penalty kick gave Tigres UANL a 0-1 away win against América in the first leg of their semifinal series.
The visiting universitarios put the pressure on from the start, with André-Pierre Gignac forcing a good save out of Agustín Marchesín in the third minute. Marchesín was then called into action against Eduardo Vargas, with the keeper making a fingertip save to keep Tigres off the board in the 12th minute.