With CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying also taking place this week, the Champions Cup squads were left without some of their more talented young players. However, the show must go on, and the more experienced players took to the pitch once again to defend their club’s honor in the second leg of the quarter finals.
DC United (USA) 5 v 0 Harbour View FC (Jamaica) (1-0)
A number of things contributed to the downfall of the Jamaicans in this match. The big ones are called Luciano Emilio and Devon McTavish (DC’s first leg goal-scorer, now with three in the Champions Cup), who scored twice each, along with a single tally from Fred. Another contribution was four of Harbour View’s players being denied entry into the US because of visa problems. For the full story, see this page. On the pitch, a combination of poor offside traps and lackluster attacking left the Jamaicans to fly home and focus on their domestic efforts. DC United will look forward to the start of the MLS season, as they are in excellent form.
Houston Dynamo (USA) 3 v 1 CSD Municipal (Guatemala) (2-1)
This match was considerably more exciting than the first leg, which was a boring 0-0 draw. Municipal could have taken the lead several times in the first half, but the teams went in goal-less at the break. As team leaders do, Dwayne De Rosario brought his team back from a possible defeat by scoring, just a minute into the second half. Then a questionable penalty, put away by De Rosario, put Houston up by two. The third Houston goal was an easy tap-in off of a great cross by Cory Ashe. Municipal pulled one back with a penalty of their own, but they will rue their missed chances in the first half, and Houston will move on to the semi finals.
CF Pachuca (Mexico) 1 v 0 CD Motagua (Honduras) (3-0)
Luis Montes scored the only goal to lead the Mexicans on to the semi finals just minutes before the half time break. Motagua had several good chances in the second half, but they failed to find the back of the net on those occasions. Nonetheless, the home fans went home happy with the victory and another match-up with an American team beckoning in the semi finals.
Deportivo Saprissa (Costa Rica) 3 v 0 CF Atlante (Mexico) (1-1)
In perhaps the most shocking result of the quarter finals, two own goals from Atlante allowed Saprissa to move on to the semi finals by a 4-2 aggregate score. The first and third goals were own goals, in the 19th and 67th minutes, and Armando Alonso scored the only goal by a Saprissa player from a long ball on the 40 minute mark. Saprissa moves on to play Houston, while Atlante will be left to reconcile their current mid-table position in the Primera División de México Clausura.
My predictions: 3 correct results, 1 wrong result; 0 correct scores.
Once again, a mediocre performance on my part. Although I did manage to get all but one result correct, I got no scores right. Hopefully I will improve as the season goes on.
As soon as the semi final schedule is set, I will be back to preview the ties. I will also be around to preview the beginning of the MLS season. As things heat up all over the continent, with the US qualifying for the Olympics once again and our domestic season starting up, it is obvious that we are in for quite a summer.