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CONCACAF will have a Mexican champion again

CONCACAF CL: Liga MX sides destroy MLS clubs in tournament's Quarter finals

March 3, 2016 By Oscar Rojas
Santos, Querétaro, Club América and Tigres will battle to become the winner of this tournament, which will represent the region in the 2016 Club World Cup.

Mexican clubs have extended their dominance in CONCACAF one more year, as four Liga MX sides hardly broke a sweat to defeat their MLS counterparts in the CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinals.

Since 2006, no team away from Mexico has been able to win the regional tournament. Costa Rican side Saprissa was the last club not playing in the Liga MX to play for CONCACAF in the Club World Cup.

The second legs of the first Quarter final series were held on Tuesday. First off, Club Querétaro finished what they started at home by ousting D.C. United after a one-all draw. Querétaro had a two-goal lead from their first game, and Angel Sepúlveda's early goal gave Los Gallos forced the red-and-black to score four goals. Goalkeeper Thiago Volpi saved a penalty, only to have Julian Buscher scoring the equalizer with six minutes to go on the clock.

Next off, Los Angeles Galaxy travelled to Torreon in order to battle Santos Laguna for a spot in the semis. Gerrard, De Jong & Co. were no match for Los Guerreros, who scored three times in the first 45 minutes to seal the deal for them. Martin Bravo capped a good performance by completing his brace in the second half of the game, sealing Santos' place in the next round.

Wednesday's games delivered the same outcome, as Club América extended Liga MX's dominance over American clubs, as Las Aguilas defeated Seattle Sounders 3-1 at Azteca Stadium. Seattle went ahead thanks to an own goal by Pablo Aguilar, but the current CCL holders immediately cancelled Sounders' lead with goals by Darwin Quintero and Oribe Peralta. Five minutes after the 2nd half started, Andrés Andrade ended Seattle's hopes with an well-placed shot, giving América the chance to emulate what Pachuca and Monterrey did years ago, winning back-to-back trophies in this tournament.

The last match of the Quarter finals saw reigning Mexican champion Tigres struggle to win their place in the semis. Real Salt Lake came close, but after Joao Plata's goal, the Claret and Cobalt missed a penalty kick that would've sent the game to overtime. French striker Andre-Pierre Gignac sealed the deal for Los Tigres with a late goal, which will see the team from the North reach the semi-final stage of the tournament for the first time.

The semi-final matchups have already been revealed, with Club Querétaro facing Tigres and Santos fighting for a spot in the final against Club América. The first leg of each series will be played on March 15-16, while the second leg will be celebrated on April 5th.

 


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