• Monday Mar 10, 2014

    North American Recap: March 10, 2014

    Raul Nava, the 2013-14 CONCACAF Champions League top scorer with six goals, strikes from the penalty spot in Toluca's 3-0 Liga MX win over Puebla on March 7, 2014. (Photo: Mexsport)

    Just days after Major League Soccer opened the 2014 season, the CONCACAF Champions League (CCL) resumes this week with the start of the knockout stages.  CONCACAF.com takes a look at how the six North American quarterfinalists fared this past weekend, plus other news and notes from around the continent.

    LIGA MX

    League-leading Cruz Azul (25 points) suffered its first defeat of the season, falling to 10-man Tigres (11 points), 3-0, on Saturday night.  Brazilian Juninho scored from the penalty spot to give the host an eighth-minute lead, while Alan Pulido doubled the advantage 20 minutes later.  United States international Jose Francisco Torres completed the scoreline seven minutes from full time.

    Club Tijuana (14 points) snapped a three-game winless streak with a 2-0 win over visiting Guadalajara, which played the last 11 minutes with only 10 players after Nestor Vidrio’s ejection for a second bookable offense.  Dario Benedetto (23’) and Jaime Ayovi (73’) scored in each half to spark the Xolos. 

    On Friday, second-place Toluca (22 points) bounced back from a loss to Cruz Azul with a 3-0 triumph over Puebla.  Wilson Tiago Mathias (27’), Raul Nava (55’ pen) and Carlos Esquivel (77’) were on target in a winning effort.  The Red Devils are unbeaten at home in the Clausura (4 wins, 1 draw), posting four consecutive shutouts at the Estadio Nemesio Diez.  Nava is the 2013-14 CCL’s top scorer with six goals.

    WEEKEND NOTES

    • Atlante (15 points) extended its unbeaten run to four straight games as Michael Arroyo netted three goals in a 4-2 win over Queretaro (10 points).

    MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

    Sporting Kansas City opened its season with a 1-0 loss at the Seattle Sounders on Saturday before 39,240 fans at CenturyLink Field.  Chad Barrett, who has three career CCL goals, scored the game-winner four minutes into second-half stoppage time on an assist from United States international Clint Dempsey.

    Joao Plata struck in the 80th minute to lift visiting Real Salt Lake to a 1-0 win over the LA Galaxy at the StubHub Center on Saturday night.

    The San Jose Earthquakes were idle.

    WEEKEND NOTES

    • Will Bruin had two goals and one assist in the Houston Dynamo’s 4-0 win over the visiting New England Revolution.  Honduras international Oscar Boniek Garcia struck for the third goal in the 23rd minute.
    • Federico Higuain (27’, 90’) netted a brace and Costa Rica international Jairo Arrieta added another to give the Columbus Crew a 3-0 win over host D.C. United.
    • Panama international Blas Perez scored in the 24th minute to help FC Dallas to a 3-2 victory over the Impact de Montreal.

     

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