• Monday Apr 14, 2014

    North America Recap: April 14, 2014

    Gabriel Velasco (pictured) celebrates after scoring in Toluca's 2-1 Liga MX win over visiting Leon on April 13, 2014. (Photo: Mexsport)

    Cruz Azul rallied from a two-goal deficit to tie Pachuca 2-2 and remain atop the Mexican Clausura, while D.C. United made it two wins in a row for the first time since October 2012, beating the rival New York Red Bulls. 

    CONCACAF.com recaps the weekend’s domestic action from the Mexican finalists in the 2013-14 CONCACAF Champions League as well as the Major League Soccer teams in the 2014-15 competition.



    (2013-14 CCL semifinalists in BOLD)

    First-place Cruz Azul (33 points) scored a pair of goals in the final six minutes to secure a 2-2 draw with Pachuca (21 points) and remain atop the Mexican Clausura, two points clear of Toluca, its opponent in the CONCACAF Champions League final.

    Enner Valencia (57’, 62’) struck twice in a five-minute span early in the second half to give Pachuca a two-goal lead.  La Maquina leveled the score late in the game, when Christian Gimenez (84’) followed his own saved penalty kick to slot home the rebound and Michael Farfan tapped in a rebound one minute into second-half stoppage time.

    Toluca (31 points) kept pace and gained one point on Cruz Azul with a come-from-behind 2-1 win over Leon (17 points) on Sunday.

    Mauricio Castaneda (19’) gave Leon a 1-0 lead, but Gabriel Velasco equalized with a long-distance blast in the 41st minute.  The Red Devils claimed all three points thanks Oscar Rojas’ (56’) game-winner from 22 yards out.

    Weekend Notes

    -  Carlos Darwin Quintero (18’, 32’, 88’), the CCL’s second all-time leading scorer with 17 goals, struck for a hat-trick to lead third-place Santos (24 points) to a 4-3 win over Atlante (18 points).



    (2014-15 CCL qualifiers in BOLD)

    A fourth-minute goal by Davy Arnaud led D.C. United (7 points) to a 1-0 win over the rival New York Red Bulls (4 points) on Saturday at RFK Stadium.  A week after snapping a 15-game winless streak, United has now won back-to-back games for the first time since October 2012.

    Arnaud followed Bobby Boswell’s glancing header toward the far post and beat goalkeeper Luis Robles with a diving header, stretching the Red Bulls’ winless streak to six games. 

    For a second consecutive week, the Portland Timbers (4 points) conceded a late equalizer at home and settled for a draw, tying Chivas USA, 1-1, on Saturday at Providence Park.

    Canadian international Will Johnson (7’) put the host ahead, but Erick Torres leveled the match in the 79th minute to extend the Timbers winless streak to six games.

    Sporting Kansas City (8 points) had a bye and will host Montreal on Saturday at Sporting Park.

    Weekend Notes

    - United States international Clint Dempsey struck for a brace for a second consecutive week, leading the Seattle Sounders to a 3-2 win over FC Dallas.

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