There were just two matches in the CONCACAF Champions League on Thursday night, with just one more round of games before we’re down to the final eight teams in the competition.
Puerto Rico Bayamon 0-2 Comunicaciones
Bayamon earns a measure of respect for their performance. After being smoked in their first three matches of the competition, manager Francisco Arias’ side allowed a goal in each half en route to its slimmest defeat. Guatemalan national team veteran Jose Contreras took a red card in the match after scoring in the first half, and both teams finished with 10 men. Puerto Rico’s American trio all played, including former UNC defender Caleb Norkus.
Chorrillo 1-1 Alajuelense
An even match saw two goals scored within five minutes; The Panama side got a headed goal from Sergio Moreno in the 18th minute before Kenner Gutierrez equalized for the visitors in the 23rd. Alajuelense was the only non-Mexican side to make it to the final four of last year’s CCL,
There’s one more round of matches remaining, though four groups are decided. Herediano (Costa Rica), DC United (USA), Pachuca (Mexico) and Montreal (Canada) are through to the championship stage.
There will still be plenty of jockeying for position amongst the already-clinched sides. If the group stage ended right now, the final eight would be the four above mentioned names, plus Sporting KC (USA), Portland Timbers (USA), Alajuelense (Costa Rica) and Club America (Mexico).
— Group 2: Saprissa (Costa Rica) hosts Sporting KC on Oct. 23. KC won the first match between the two teams by a 3-1 score. They’ll advance if they win, draw or lose by 1. If they lose by two, it goes to away goals between the two teams. If that remains even, Sporting KC wins on group goal differential.
— Group 5: Portland Timbers travel to Olimpia (Honduras) on Oct. 21. Portland won the first match between the two teams by a 4-2 score. They’ll advance if they win, draw or lose by 1. If they lose by two, it goes to away goals between the two teams. If that remains even, Portland wins on group goal differential.
— Group 6: Alajuelense hosts Cruz Azul on Oct. 21. A win or draw for Alajuelense gets them through, while Cruz Azul needs the win.
— Group 8: Club America hosts Comunicaciones on Oct. 21. The clubs drew 1-1 in Guatemala, so a winner would advance to the championship stage. If they draw 0-0 or 1-1, Club America advances. If they draw by a higher score, Comunicaciones goes through.