Toronto FC picked up a 3-1 victory against América in the first leg of their 2018 CONCACAF Champions League semifinal series on a cold, rainy night at BMO Field.
The hosts opened the scoring early on from the penalty spot. In the 8th minute, Edson Álvarez was called for bringing down Sebastian Giovinco in the box, and the Italian stepped up to take the ensuing penalty kick. He sent Agustín Marchesín the wrong way to give Toronto the 1-0 lead.
Tigres UANL beat Toronto 3-2 in tonight’s quarterfinal second leg, but the resulting 4-4 aggregate draw saw the universitarios knocked out of the 2018 CONCACAF Champions League due to the away goals tiebreaker.
Tigres came into this game needing to overturn a 2-1 first-leg deficit. The hosts enjoyed 65% of possession and had 19 shots throughout the game as they looked to do just that, but they ultimately fell just short.
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.
Hérculez Gómez, who has played in Mexico since 2010, has left Liga MX for Major League Soccer. The 33-year-old striker has signed for Toronto FC, with the Canadian club announcing the move on Twitter this morning.
Gómez, who has won both an MLS Cup and a Liga MX title, has had a long-running public feud with MLS due to the league’s unusual rules regarding player movement. In order to acquire Gómez from Tijuana, Toronto had to pay allocation money to Sporting Kansas City, who held the right of first refusal for Gómez.
The move will hopefully give Gómez more stability, as he bounced between clubs in Mexico, playing for Puebla, Pachuca, Estudiantes Tecos, Santos Laguna, Tigres, and Tijuana.