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CCL: Toronto wins; Wild Herediano comeback

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On a single-digit Tuesday that severely limited the attendance at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, where the Colorado Rapids and Toronto FC dueled in the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals.

Jonathan Osorio’s second half goal put the Reds in front and Sebastian Giovinco had a goal and an assist and the visitors take a 2-0 decision back to Ontario.

The best chance of a preseason quality first half saw Dominique Badji flub the best chance of the stage into the feet of Alex Bono.

Toronto took the lead, nabbing the away goal through Osorio’s header of a Sebastian Giovinco cross. And the Atomic Ant got on the board with a goal of his own off an Auro assist with 17 minutes to play.

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Tuesday’s other first leg saw Herediano and Tigres play to a 2-2 draw in Costa Rica, with the Liga MX visitors taking a pair of away goals but shocked by a pair of stoppage time concessions.

Francisco Meza scored in the 15th minute and Lucas Zelarayan seemingly put it to bed with 15 minutes to play.

But Yendrick Ruiz converted a 90th minute penalty kick before ex-DC United forward Jairo Arrieta did this ahead of the Feb. 22 second leg in Mexico.

Report: Houston Dynamo adds Costa Rican center back Brown

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One of Major League Soccer’s improving back lines may be getting an upgrade.

La Nacion claims that big Herediano center back Keyner Brown, 24, is off to Houston to join the Dynamo.

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According to, “The center back started in each of the 44 games he appeared in during the 2015-16 campaign, and scored two goals.”

The ninth-place Dynamo are seven points back of the West’s final playoff spot, but there’s plenty of season to play. Houston has clean sheets in three of four matches.

Earlier, the club announced that DaMarcus Beasley would miss significant time following knee surgery.

WATCH: Club America’s Benedetto nets four to set up CONCACAF Champions League final date with Montreal


The CONCACAF Champions League winner will be decided between Montreal and Mexico City.

Club America erased a 3-0 first leg deficit against Herediano with a 6-0 battering of the Costa Rican side at Estadio Azteca late Wednesday.

Dario Benedetto scored four goals for the victors, who move on to face the Montreal Impact in a two-legged final on April 22 and 29.

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His first goal was an absolute beauty, and on top of the four-goal haul he also played a part in the opener and earned a red card for Herediano by conducting an emphatic barrel roll after a first half foul.

Club America was up 4-0 in the 27th minute when Herediano’s¬†Edder Nelson picked up a questionable red card for running through Benedetto, giving the Costa Ricans an even taller task.

They wouldn’t pull it off, as Benedetto added his fourth of the night.

Club America and Montreal could hardly be more different. The Mexicans have won five CONCACAF Champions Cup honors since the competition was founded in 1996 (later renamed the CCL), and have never lost a final. The Impact have existed since 1992, but have only been in MLS since 2012.

CCL roundup: Montreal Impact pick up surprise draw, two away goals vs. Pachuca

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The Montreal Impact weren’t supposed to be here, and they sure as heck weren’t supposed to be showing so well in the quarterfinals¬†of the 2014-15 CONCACAF Champions League (CCL).

Pachuca 2-2 Montreal Impact

The Impact, who finished dead last in points won in MLS 2014, shocked the CONCACAF region once again on Tuesday night as the Frank Klopas’s side went into Estadio Hidalgo and nabbed two away goals in a 2-2 draw with heavily favored Mexican side¬†Pachuca.

What’s even more unbelievable about Tuesday night, the Impact were unlucky to draw 2-2, not to win 2-0.

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Dilly Duka scored both Impact goals (25th and 53rd minutes) to give his side a 2-0 lead shortly after halftime. The first was a well-worked bit of play from the Impact, which ended with Duka sending Pachuca goalkeeper Oscar Perez one way and calmly rolling the ball the other, into the back of the net. The second came off the rebound of Justin Mapp shot, which Duka was first to and hit home.

The two-goal lead was short-lived, though, as Pachuca pulled one back through Heriberto Olvera’s free kick in the 56th minute. Olvera skipped the ball off the top of the Impact wall, creating lots of top spin and movement that Evan Bush couldn’t quite reach. Pachuca’s second was the result of a lightning-fast counter attack that finished with¬†Ariel Nahuelpan bundling the ball over the line with his midsection.

After winning Group 3, which featured the New York Red Bulls and C.D. FAS (Honduras), in the fall, the Impact are one of two MLS teams still alive in CCL (D.C. United). Each quarterfinal tie’s second leg will be played next week.

CD Olimpia (El Salvador) 1-1 Herediano (Costa Rica)

Tuesday night’s other CCL quarterfinals matchup saw CD Olimpia, winners of Group 5 over the Portland Timbers and Alpha United (Guyana), draw 1-1 with Herediano, winners of Group 7, over Leon (Mexico) and Isidro Metapan (El Salvador).

Javier Estupinan gave the hosts a 1-0 lead on the stroke of halftime with a shot from just outside the penalty area, but Cristhian Lagos pulled the Costa Ricans level and grabbed a vital away goal in the 58th minute.

Wednesday’s CCL schedule

Saprissa (Costa Rica) vs. Club America (Club America) ‚ÄĒ 9 pm ET

Thursday’s CCL schedule

Alajuelense (Costa Rica) vs. D.C. United ‚ÄĒ 8 pm ET