• Tuesday Oct 06, 2015

    SCCL Diary: Week Five

    Lamar Neagle (black jersey) scored two goals in the Seattle Sounders' win over the visiting Vancouver Whitecaps in the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League on September 23, 2015. (Photo: Jane Gershovich)

    MIAMI – It’s a Tuesday, but there’s no Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League this week. Since the competition is on an extended break and doesn’t return until October 20, CONCACAF.com wants to whet your appetite by taking a look back at the pivotal games, goals, saves and performances in Week 5.

    TOP GAMES
    Montego Bay United 3, D.C. United 3: Montego Bay got its first-ever point, as well as its first-ever goals in SCCL play, but missed out on a first win after D.C.’s dramatic second-half fightback from 3-0 down. Michael Farfan curled in the equalizer in stoppage time, helping Group H winner D.C. finish group play without a loss for the second consecutive year.

    Verdes FC 2, San Francisco 1: Belize international Deon McCaulay scored his first two SCCL goals, and the first-ever scored by a Belizean side, in a history-making, come-from-behind victory for Verdes in Group C. McCaulay’s heroics marked the first time any side from Belize has won a SCCL match and wrapped up the group title for idle Queretaro.

    Walter Ferretti 1, Motagua 2: El Ciclon Azul prolonged its slim quarterfinal hopes with a dramatic road victory to deny Walter Ferretti its first-ever SCCL points. Israel Silva’s emphatic half-volley won it deep into stoppage time. Motagua still needs to beat defending champion Club America in Honduras by a wide margin in the teams’ final Group E game.

    TOP GOALS
    Juan Martinez, Real Salt Lake:
    Martinez took Javier Morales’ through ball and chipped Santa Tecla goalkeeper Juan Cruz for a 77th minute game-winner in Salt Lake’s 2-1 Group G win. RSL secures a quarterfinal spot with a win or draw at home against Municipal on October 20. 

    Daniel Moran, San Francisco: The Panamanian side eventually fell to its elimination following a 2-1 Group C loss to Verdes F.C., but Moran’s gorgeous, long-range effort in the 13th minute gave the visitors the lead on his first career SCCL strike.

    Israel Silva, Motagua: Silva reached a loose ball and sent a blistering half-volley from 15 yards into the bottom left corner in stoppage time to give the Honduran side a lifeline in Group E. The goal was Silva’s first of the competition, helping Motagua to its first-ever SCCL away win. 

    Michael Farfan, D.C. United: In a frenetic 3-3 draw at Montego Bay United, the D.C. midfielder showed composure when needed most, engineering a clever cutback to evade defender Cordel Simpson before curling a stoppage-time equalizer inside the right post.  

    TOP SAVES
    Juan Cruz, Santa Tecla:
    In a match the Panamanian visitor needed to keep its hopes alive in Group G, Cruz reacted superbly to deny Joao Plata’s ferocious one-timer and keep the match level through halftime. 

    Jan-Michael Williams, Central FC: The Trinidad & Tobago international continued his bid for goalkeeper of the tournament with an acrobatic diving save to deny a knuckling, 30-yard free kick from the LA Galaxy’s Mika Vayrynen in the first half. 

    Benito Morreira, Verdes FC: One the strongest players in the Belize side’s inaugural SCCL appearance, Morreira helped Verdes FC to an historic 2-1 victory over San Francisco with a second-half reflex stop to deny Eduardo Jimenez’s header from close range.

    Julani Archibald, DirecTV W Connection: The Caribbean runner-up failed to defeat Santos Laguna to stay alive in Group A, but Archibald’s diving save kept Diego Gonzalez’s first-half rocket from reaching the top left corner.  

    TOP TEAM PERFORMANCE

    Seattle Sounders: Seattle sealed the Group F crown with an emphatic 3-0 win over Vancouver, but the result may echo into MLS play. The Sounders registered a shutout for the first time in its last 18 SCCL matches.  

    STANDOUT PERFORMERS:

    Lamar Neagle, Seattle Sounders: Neagle’s brace marked his second and third goals of the current competition as the Sounders posted 3-0 victory over MLS-rival Vancouver Whitecaps and secured the Group F berth in next year’s quarterfinals. 

    Deon McCaulay: The Belize forward made more history by scoring his side’s first-ever goals in SCCL play. He could have netted a third, but smashed a penalty against the crossbar. McCaulay’s 11 goals made him the joint-top scorer in 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying. He scored four in 2018 qualifying.  

    TWO LAST THINGS:
    American MLS sides
    are a point away from going four for four in terms of qualifying for next year’s quarterfinals. With D.C. United, the LA Galaxy and Seattle Sounders already there, Real Salt Lake needs only a point from its final Group G match, at home against Municipal.

    LigaMX sides could also go a perfect four for four, but have a bit more work to do. Club America needs only to guard against a blowout loss in its final Group E encounter against Motagua. Santos musto win at home against Saprissa to take Group A. Tigres requires a home win or draw against Herediano to take Group B. Queretaro has wrapped up Group C.

     

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