04 April, 2012

CCL Semifinals Preview

Wednesday night, the two finalists for the CONCACAF Champions League will be decided. Toronto FC could only manage a draw against Santos Laguna at home last week, with Herculez Gomez continuing his scoring streak in a 1-1 draw. April 4 the two teams will meet in Torreon, Mexico, and Santos Laguna should kick butt, despite missing their other great forward, Colombian Carlos Quintero, who will be suspended because of this red card received after the final whistle in Toronto:

If you missed it, Quintero head-butted TFC defender Ashtone Morgan after the ball was cleared away to earn the ejection. The referee didn't see it but the linesman did. Herculez Gomez claims that Morgan hit Quintero in the face first, but no one except Gomez seems to have seen that. Gomez has promised a "dogfight" in Torreon tonight.

As you can see, the other finalist will most likely be Monterrey, who defeated UNAM Pumas at home 3-0 in the first leg. Last year's superstar of the CCL, Chilean Humberto Suazo, assisted all three goals and was clearly the best player on the field last week. It is unlikely Pumas will be able to make up their 0-3 hole on April 4, so your finalists are almost certainly going to be Santos and Monterrey, which is a rematch of the 2010 Torneo Apertura final, nicknamed "Duelo del Norte" featuring the two northernmost teams in the Mexican League (excluding newcomers Club Tijuana, who joined the Primera the follwing year for the 2011 Apertura.

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1 comment:

  1. UPDATE:

    Monterrey tied UNAM Pumas 1-1 at Estadio Olimpico Universitario to win the series 4-1 aggregate. Santos Laguna defeated Toronto FC 6-2 in Torreon to win 7-3 aggregate, but more importantly, Herculez Gomez scored two more goals to become the tournament's leading goal scorer, with six goals. USA! USA!

    The CCL final is an all Mexican affair for the third time in the past 4 years. But, at least Herculez Gomez will represent the USA.


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