Not content with dispatching the best teams on offer in Major League Soccer, Toronto FC has now taken to beating the top clubs from Mexico’s Liga MX.
TFC earned a historic 1-1 draw against Club America at the iconic Estadio Azteca in Mexico City on Tuesday night to advance to the CONCACAF Champions League final for the first time in franchise history.
Canadian Jonathan Osorio was the hero of the night, scoring in first half, while TFC goalkeeper Alex Bono made a number of stellar saves. Toronto earned a 3-1 win in the first leg at home last week, and won this series 4-2 on aggregate.
Toronto becomes only the third MLS team to reach the Champions League final, joining Real Salt Lake (in 2011) and Montreal Impact (2015). Mexican clubs have won every Champions League since the inaugural tournament in 2008-09, and seven of the nine finals have been all-Mexican affairs.
A two-time winner of the Champions League, Club America is the second marquee Mexican outfit to fall at the feet of the Reds in this year’s tournament. TFC beat Monterrey-based Tigres, Champions League runners-up in the past two seasons, in the quarter-finals.
TFC will meet another Mexican side, Club Deportivo Guadalajara, in the two-legged final. Toronto hosts the opener next week, with the return match scheduled for the following week in Mexico. Guadalajara beat MLS outfit New York Red Bulls in the other semifinal 1-0 on aggregate.
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Source:: Sportsnet.ca – Sports news