• Monday Jan 02, 2017

    SCCL Review: Five of the Best … Group-Stage Moments

    Honduras Progreso's Victor Moncada (pictured) celebrates after scoring one of his two goals in a Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League win over visiting Pumas on September 15, 2016, in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. (Photo: Mexsport)

    MIAMI – A lot happens during the 48-game flow of a Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League group stage.  There are moments to remember and savor, but when the action comes fast and heavy, it’s easy to miss something.

    To help clarify the picture, CONCACAF.com took the time to review the video and make a list of five of the best moments from the 2016/17 group stage:

    August 3, 2016 (Providence Park – Portland Oregon, USA)

    Valeri nets late, Portland Timbers edge Dragon

    In one of the most exciting finishes to a 2016/17 SCCL group-stage match, Diego Valeri followed his own shot off the woodwork to score the game-winner in the 90th minute, lifting the Portland Timbers to a 2-1 win over visiting Dragon to open Group B play.  Valeri headed Jack Jewsbury’s back-post cross against the crossbar.  An attempted clearance by Dragon defender Marcelo Posadas went to Valeri, whose second shot slipped just over the goal line for the dramatic winner.  The Timbers improved to 3W-0D-0L in SCCL home games.

    August 17, 2016 (Estadio BBVA Bancomer – Monterrey, Mexico)

    Arabe Unido notches historic victory at Monterrey

    A Panamanian side earned a first-ever win after 12 all-time SCCL games in Mexico, when Jose Gonzalez, Fidel Cesar and Edgar Yoel Barcenas all scored to lift visiting Arabe Unido to a historic 3-2 victory over three-time champion Monterrey.  Barcenas’ 50th-minute goal proved to be the game-winner.  It was the Expreso Azul’s second victory over Liga MX side in seven attempts, but it had lost five straight since a 4-1 home victory over Pachuca on August 19, 2009.  Edwin Cardona scored twice for Monterrey, which conceded three goals for first time in its SCCL history and saw its unbeaten run in the tournament snapped at 11.  Arabe Unido goalkeeper Miguel Lloyd made seven saves.

    September 13, 2016 (Children’s Mercy Park – Kansas City, Kansas, USA)

    Davies, 15, sends Vancouver Whitecaps to quarterfinals

    The Vancouver Whitecaps became the first team to clinch a spot in the 2016/17 SCCL quarterfinals, earning a 2-1 victory over host Sporting Kansas City.  Fifteen-year-old midfielder Alphonso Davies set up Vancouver's first goal and scored the dramatic game-winner three minutes into stoppage time, his first-ever in SCCL play.  After a two-hour weather delay, Davies helped to put Vancouver ahead 1-0 in the 41st minute, setting up Erik Hurtado’s close-range strike.  Diego Rubio Kostner leveled in the 55th minute, but Davies would have the final say.  Three minutes into stoppage time, he received a pass from Kyle Greig and unleashed a shot from 22 yards that deflected off midfielder Ualefi Rodrigues, before hitting the back of the net.  It will be the Whietcaps’ first appearance in the knockout rounds in two attempts.

    September 13, 2016 (FFB Stadium – Belmopan, Belize)

    Record-setting Pachuca pour in the goals

    Of the 24 teams that participated in 2016/17 SCCL group-stage play, only five scored 11 goals or more.  Pachuca, however, netted that many in one game – topping Police United, 11-0 to set new single-game tournament marks for most goals scored and the largest margin of victory.  Club America set the previous goal record on September 17, 2014, when it outdistanced host Puerto Rico Bayamon FC, 10-1.  The Aguilas scored their 10th goal in the 88th minute of that encounter, while Pachuca needed one minute more for its 11th, when Erick Gutierrez controlled Hirving Lozano’s pass from the left and rolled a shot beyond a beleaguered goalkeeper Keith Allen.  Lozano led the way with four goals – two in each half.

    September 15, 2016 (Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano – San Pedro Sula, Honduras)

    Moncada makes them count for Honduras Progreso

    Victor Moncada scored twice from direct free kicks to lift Honduras Progreso to its first-ever SCCL victory, a 2-1 Group A triumph over Pumas.  With his team trailing 1-0, the 26-year-old midfielder replaced center-back Raimundo Calix in the 55th minute to boost the attack.  He hit for the equalizer in the 57th minute, before curling the match-winner inside the right post in the first minute of stoppage time.  Jose Alfonso Nieto scored early for the visitor, but that goal couldn’t prevent Pumas from losing for the second time in six matches against Honduran opposition in SCCL play.

     

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