Category: Leagues: CONCACAF Champions League

Dallas rally for win in CONCACAF Champions League

Dallas (AFP) – Kellyn Acosta scored off a second half free kick as FC Dallas rallied for a 2-1 win over Mexican side Pachuca in the first-leg semi-finals of the CONCACAF Champions League. The 21-year-old homegrown Dallas product, who was also called up to the US national team on Wednesday, curled a shot into the top half of the net in the 58th minute to beat a divingĀ Alfonso Blanco. The red-hot Acosta now has four goals in five competitive games this year. The teams meet again on April 4 in Pachuca for the second leg of the semi-final. Franco Jara ... Read more

Club America advance as Mexicans seal clean sweep against MLS

Photo credit: AFP Holders Club America advanced to the semi-finals of the CONCACAF Champions League on with a 3-1 victory over the Seattle Sounders as Mexican sides clinched a clean sweep over their Major League Soccer rivals. With DC United and Los Angeles Galaxy losing their quarter-finals on Tuesday, Seattle had arguably the best chance of progressing to the last four as they traveled to Mexico City after a 2-2 draw in the first leg. For a brief moment towards the end of the first half at the iconic Azteca Stadium, the Sounders’ small band of traveling fans dared to ... Read more

LA Galaxy coach Bruce Arena wants schedule review after thrashing

Photo credit: AFP Los Angeles Galaxy coach Bruce Arena believes the scheduling of the CONCACAF Champions League needs to be reviewed after his expensively assembled team suffered a one-sided quarter-final exit. A Galaxy side bristling with foreign talent led by Steven Gerrard, Robbie Keane and Nigel De Jong were trounced 4-0 by Mexican outfit Santos Laguna on Tuesday, sealing a 4-0 aggregate defeat. Galaxy’s thrashing followed a pattern of under-achievement by Major League Soccer sides in the competition, which often arrives at the business end of the Champions League in the off-season, before the MLS has kicked off. Asked if ... Read more

Change in CONCACAF Champions League schedule will benefit the whole region, including MLS

Since almost nobody can get information out of CONCACAF legitimately, why not let a coach inadvertently slip an announcement into a mundane post-game press conference? Ben Olsen did just that this week, perhaps letting the cat out of the bag on a major move that will hugely benefit MLS teams. In 2017, it appears the CONCACAF Champions League could move from its August-April schedule to a March-November one. Currently, the knockout stages of the competition begin before MLS teams begin their regular seasons, while the rest of CONCACAF has already begun their spring seasons, putting MLS teams behind the eight ... Read more