• Friday Mar 17, 2017

    Alonso cites importance of Pachuca away goal

    Pachuca head coach Diego Alonso (pictured) yells out instructions during a Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League semifinal game at FC Dallas on March 15, 2017, in Frisco, Texas, USA. (Photo: Mexsport)

    FRISCO, Texas – Although Pachuca head coach Diego Alonso was disappointed after his team’s 2-1 loss to FC Dallas in the first leg of their 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League semifinal, the Uruguayan believes that his side’s away goal could prove decisive in the series.

    The Tuzos went ahead 1-0 in the third minute through Franco Jara’s fourth goal of the competition, but FCD netted on either side of halftime to rally for the win.

    “The first objective was to score, it was important,” said Alonso. “What was not in our plans was to lose, because scoring and not losing, the series would be in our favor in the return leg. So half the job is done with the away goal.”

    Despite the defeat, Alonso was satisfied by the Tuzos’ overall effort at Toyota Stadium.

    “I have nothing for which to rebuke my players from an attitude standpoint, of effort, of sacrifice, but I do believe we could have played a better match,” the 41-year-old remarked.

    Pachuca’s unbeaten streak (4W-4D-1L) in the SCCL was snapped at eight games. A more important run, however, endures – the four-time CONCACAF champion has never lost at home in the competition (12W-1D-0L).

    A 1-0 win in the second leg on April 4 will see Pachuca advance to the final on the away-goals rule, but Alonso remains wary of the FC Dallas threat.

    “They are a great team and had the capacity to comeback,” he finished. “Now we should look to win at home.”

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