• Monday Aug 04, 2014

    Leon grabs first Liga MX win, Isidro Metapan next

    Miguel Sabah (green jersey), who has five career CONCACAF Champions League goals, scored in Leon's 4-0 Liga MX win over Morelia on August 2, 2014. (Photo: Mexsport)

    LEON, Mexico -- After opening the 2014 Mexican Apertura season with a pair of frustrating losses, Leon exploded for a 4-0 win over visiting Morelia on Saturday.

    The victory gave the two-time defending Liga MX champion a big lift heading into its CONCACAF Champions League debut at Isidro Metapan on Tuesday in San Salvador, El Salvador.

    “This victory fills us with great confidence, it came at the best time,” Leon goalkeeper William Yarbrough said after the match.  “We’re very happy, but we have to amend some errors that we are still committing.”

    Despite missing starters Rafael Marquez and Mauro Boselli to injury, Leon struck for four second-half goals.  Yamilson Rivera started the avalanche in the 55th minute with a rising shot from the top of the 18-yard box.

    “Well, I was very happy that it was a beautiful goal,” Rivera commented.  “Thank you all for your support and I hope not to disappoint.  The team improved and that’s what matters.”

    Carlos Peña doubled Leon’s advantage in the 73rd minute, while Jose Maria Cardenas and Miguel Sabah followed with a pair of goals in a five-minute span to put the game away.

    “Morelia played well in the first first half, generating several scoring opportunities,” Leon head coach Gustavo Matosas said.  “For the second half, they started better, but fortunately Yamilson appeared, controlled the ball, took advantage of the movement of his partner and took a good shot.  From there on, they were not as organized and we capitalized.”

    Leon, which won both the 2013 Apertura and the 2014 Clausura titles, is making its first appearance in the CONCACAF Champions League.

     

  • Champions League

    Related News



RELATED NEWS YOU'LL LIKE

Olimpia’s Elis wins Scotiabank Best Young Player Award

Olimpia forward Alberth Elis was selected Wednesday as recipient of the Scotiabank Best Young Award as the 2015/16 SCCL’s best player 21-years-old or younger.

Queretaro’s Villa captures Jarritos Golden Boot

Queretaro forward Emanuel Villa earned the Jarritos Golden Boot award after finishing as the top scorer in the 2015/16 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League with six goals.

Club America’s Gonzalez seizes SCCL Golden Glove

Hugo Gonzalez was named winner of the 2015/16 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League’s Golden Glove award after helping Club America to its second straight title on Wednesday

Sambueza named Scotiabank CCL Golden Ball winner

Consistently excellent performances throughout the competition by Rubens Sambueza lifted Club America to a second straight SCCL title and earned him the Scotiabank Golden Ball award.

Individual Awards Winners Announced for Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League 2015/16

The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) revealed today the individual award winners for the 2015/16 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League season, following Club America’s victory over two legs against Tigres UANL in the Finals.