Major League Soccer is still looking for its first CONCACAF Champions League title in over a decade.
It’s still very early, but both Portland and DC United have looked solid in group play, as both earned wins against good teams in impressive fashion.
Portland Timbers 4, C.D. Olimipa 2
A 2-2 match at the half, Maxi Urruti picked up a brace as the home side fought off a pair of comebacks by the Honduran club. Will Johnson also scored to help pick up Portland’s second win in the competition in as many matches.
Urruti’s second goal was a peach, as a brilliant one-touch release by Will Johnson over the top of the defense sprung the striker, and Urruti chipped the goalkeeper before latching on the back end and crashing home into the empty net.
Portland were deadly at the front, as even Rashuwan McKenzie scored – his first professional goal in seven years – with a fabulous set-piece header from a decent way out.
The win sticks Portland into a tie for the Group 5 lead with Olimpia with a game in hand.
Waterhouse 1, DC United 2
Another day, another Fabian Espindola. The Argentine has gone relatively quiet in MLS play – largely thanks to a knee injury – with just one goal since June 8, but he exploded back onto the DC United scene, bagging a brace including a brain-asploding chip goal after beating three defenders. Watch:
HE WASN’T EVEN LOOKING. Anyways, Espindola bookended the halftime break with his two scores, and it was enough to beat Jamaican side Waterhouse FC out of Kingston. Hughan Edwards Grey scored the only Waterhouse goal on a free kick in the 71st minute to make things interesting, but it was DC United’s day.
The win gives DC complete control of Group 4, with the max six points through two matches, both against Waterhouse. The Jamaican side also has six, but they’ve played four matches.
Cruz Azul 3, Chorrillo 0
Cruz Azul jumpstarted its CONCACAF CL journey after a comprehensive win over Panamanian club Chorrillo. Mauro Formica, Ismael Valadez, and Mexican international Marco Fabian were all on target as Luis Fernando Tena’s side picked up its first win in Group 6 play.
It could have been even worse had defender Rogelio Chavez not missed a pair of penalties, both wide right of the net.
Chorrillo finished with 10 men after goalkeeper Junior Torres picked up his second yellow card in stoppage time allowing Cruz Azul snatch its third goal, a penalty converted by Fabian.