TOLUCA, México.- Juniors Tampico of Mexico and Los Angeles FC of the United States will meet in the final of the Under-13 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League after claiming semifinal wins on Monday.
A strong second half in which it scored three goals powered the U.S. side against a difficult Montreal Impact team. Diego Ceja opened the scoring in the 38’, before Alexander Salas and Robert Willcot tacked on late scores in the 51’ and 55’, respectively.
Juniors Tampico became the first team to ground high-flying Plaza Amador of Panama in the Under-13 SCCL, delivering a defensive masterclass and registering a 2-0 win against a team that had scored 16 goals heading into Monday’s semifinal.
In attack, the Mexican side was led by Emiliano Beltran Rodriguez, who bagged a brace in the triumph.
The Shield Tournament also had its fair share of drama. A day after scoring a tournament-high four goals Cantera Yucatan’s 6-2 over Aguilas Del Uagro, Hector Parra Aguilar scored a minute from full-time to send the Mexican side to the Shield Tournament final, where it will face El Salvador’s Santa Ana, who downed Olimpia 2-1.
2018 Under-13 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League
Results and goalscorers, August 20
Semifinals – Winners’ Division
Montreal Impact (CAN) 0
Los Angeles FC (USA) 3 Diego Ceja 38’, Alexander Salas 51’, Robert Willcot 55’
Juniors Tampico (MEX) 2 Emiliano Beltran Rodriguez 10’, Emiliano Beltran Rodriguez 19’
CD Plaza Amador (PAN) 0
Juniors Tampico will meet Los Angeles FC in the final on August 22.
Semifinals – Shield Tournament
Alajuelense (CRC) 0
Cantera Yucatan (MEX) 1 Hector Parra Aguilar 59’
Santa Ana (SLV) 2 Steven Antonio Guerra Tejada 23’, Salvador Alexander Portillo Sibrian 60+1’
Olimpia (HON) 1 Fernando Josue Guzman Jacome 11’
Past champions of the Under-13 SCCL are: Toluca of Mexico in 2015, Santa Ana of El Salvador in 2016 and Universidad Cantera Norte of Mexico in 2017.