• Monday Dec 11, 2017

    CONCACAF Weekend’s Best (December 11, 2017)

    Action from the Liga MX Apertura final, second leg between visiting Tigres (left) and Monterrey on December 10, 2017, in Guadalupe, Mexico. (Photo: Mexsport)

    CONCACAF.com takes a look at the best performances and most interesting stories in CONCACAF Weekend’s Best.

    TIGRES -- LIGA MX APERTURA CHAMPION
    In the 115th edition of the Clasico Regiomontano, Tigres defeated host Monterrey, 2-1, in the second leg of the 2017 Liga MX Apertura final on Sunday at the Estadio BBVA Bancomer to capture the series 3-2 on aggregate. Read about it here.

    TORONTO FC MAKES HISTORY, CAPTURES MLS CUP TITLE
    In a rematch of the 2016 final, host Toronto FC became the first team from Canada to earn the MLS Cup, defeating Seattle Sounders, 2-0. Read about it here.

    ALIANZA, SANTA TECLA TO MEET IN SALVADORAN APERTURA FINAL
    Top-seeded Alianza and No.2 Santa Tecla needed only for their respective 2017 Salvadoran Apertura semifinal series to end level on aggregate in order to advance to the final and that’s what happened, with both progressing by virtue of having regular-season records superior to their opposition.

    On Sunday, at the Estadio Cuscatlan, host Alianza fell behind 0-1 to FAS on Moises Xavier Garcia’s 19th-minute header. The visitor, though, was reduced to 10 players in the 62nd minute thanks to Juan Carlos Moscoso’s ejection for a foul on Rodolfo Zelaya. Nine minutes later, Zelaya clinched advancement for the Albos, converting a penalty kick after Jorge Moran was whistled for a handball in the area and leveling the score at 1-1 (agg: 2-2).

    The same day, Santa Tecla clinched a berth in the decider on the strength of a 2-1 win over visiting Isidro Metapan (agg: 2-2). The host went ahead 1-0 on Lorenzo Frutos’ brilliant, left-footed shot from eight-yards out as he was falling to his right. Eight minutes into the second half, an unmarked McKauly Jimmy Tulloch knotted the score with a right-footed shot from nine yards. Kevin Reyes, however, struck for the game-winner and series-clinching goal in the 64th minute as what appeared to be a cross from the right looped over goalkeeper Óscar Pleitez and into the back of the net.

    The final will be contested on December 17 at the Estadio Cuscatlan.

    OLIMPIA ADVANCES TO HONDURAN APERTURA SEMIFINALS
    Brayan Moya (30’) and Roger Rojas (84’) scored a goal each as Olimpia defeated UPNFM on Saturday, 2-0, to secure 4-2 aggregate victory in a playoff for a semifinal berth. The final-four match-ups are: No. 1 Marathon v No. 4 Real Espana and No. 2 Motagua v No 3 Olimpia.

    PEREZ ZELEDON RETURNS TO TOP OF COSTA RICAN INVIERNO QUADRANGULAR TABLE
    Perez Zeledon (3W-0D-1L, 9 points) regained the top spot in the 2017 Costa Rican Invierno Quadrangluar thanks to a 3-2 win over visiting Saprissa (2-1-1, 7) on Sunday. Off a short pass from Anthony Mata, late-substitute Anthony Lopez spectacularly broke a 2-2 draw in the third minute of second-half stoppage time with a left-footer from 24-yards out for his first goal of the postseason.

    Josue Mitchell (27’) and Lauro Cazal (57’) also scored for the host at the Estadio Municipal de Perez Zeledon, while Henrique Moura (4’) and Jonathan Moya (49’) struck for Saprissa, which entered the encounter in first place.

    A day earlier, regular-season champion Herediano (2-0-2, 6) posted its second straight win, defeating Santos de Guapiles, 2-0, at the Estadio Eladio Rosabal Cordero. Elias Aguilar (13’) and Luis Landin (43’) struck for the host before halftime.

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