Action from the Liga MX Clasura match between host Atlas (left) and Toluca on April 19, 2014, in Guadalajara, Mexico. (Photo: Mexsport)
Liga MX leader Cruz Azul suffered a 5-1 loss, while Sporting Kansas City celebrated a 4-0 win over the Impact de Montreal in Major League Soccer.
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)
With the critical second leg of the CONCACAF Champions League final on Wednesday, Cruz Azul (33 points) rested multiple starters for Friday’s domestic tilt at Morelia (21 points) and suffered a 5-1 setback. Hector Mancilla (25’, 44’ pen), who scored nine CCL goals for Toluca (2009-11), struck for a first-half brace, after Aldo Ramirez (17’) gave the host a 1-0 lead.
Duvier Riascos (76’) and Oscar Fernandez (87’) netted in the final quarter hour for the Monarcas, while Achille Emana (41’) tallied the lone goal for Cruz Azul, which remains atop Liga MX table following 16 rounds.
Also playing without many regulars ahead of the CCL final, Toluca (31 points) failed to gain ground on Cruz Azul, losing 1-0 to host Atlas (21 points) on Saturday. Rodrigo Millar scored the lone goal in the 70th minute for the Rojinegros, who kept their playoff aspirations alive.
- Defending champion Leon (20 points) kept its playoff hopes alive with a 3-0 win over Tigres (18 points) thanks to a two-goal performance by Miguel Sabah (49’, 78’).
- Humberto Suazo scored two goals as host Monterrey (20 points) extended its unbeaten streak to five consecutive games with a 4-1 win over Veracruz (15 points).
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
(2014-15 CCL qualifiers in BOLD)
Dom Dwyer struck for a second-half brace to lift Sporting Kansas City (11 points) to a 4-0 win over the visiting Impact de Montreal (3 points) and into a tie for first place in the Eastern Conference with the Columbus Crew.
Sporting Kansas City, which had a 1-0 lead following an own goal by Calum Mallace (31’), netted three goals in the final 20 minutes. Aurelien Collin (71’) opened the floodgates in the 71st minute and Dwyer (74’, 86’) followed with two more for Sporting, which is unbeaten in five straight matches.
The New York Red Bulls (7 points) had the weekend off after snapping a six-match winless streak with a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Union (8 points) on Wednesday. Thierry Henry (57’) and Lloyd Sam (67’) scored 10 minutes apart for the in the second half.
D.C. United (8 points) nearly pulled off a third consecutive win, but settled for a 1-1 draw with the 10-man Columbus Crew (11 points) thanks to Hector Jimenez’s 90th minute equalizer on Saturday.
Fabian Espindola (31’) capitalized on a defensive miscue to put D.C. ahead, but Jimenez made up for an earlier miss with the equalizer. The Crew’s Bernardo Anor was sent off with a straight red card late in the second half.
The Portland Timbers (4 points) remain in search of their first win of the season, losing 1-0 to host Real Salt Lake (13 points) on Saturday. Ned Grabavoy scored the lone goal of the game in the 78th minute.
- Panama international Blas Perez broke a 1-1 deadlock in the 88th minute with his third goal of the season to give host FC Dallas (16 points) a win over Toronto FC (9 points). Dallas has won four of its last five matches.