Five clubs have now booked their place in the quarter-finals of the CONCACAF Champions League after matchday three of the Group Stage. Seattle Sounders and Pumas UNAM had already ensured progression, and they were joined last night by LA Galaxy, Alajuelense (Costa Rica), and Columbus Crew.
Group A: Saprissa 3-1 Harbour View
Seattle Sounders had already won the group, but Costa Rican side Caprissa ensured they won’t finish bottom of the group with a win over their Jamaican rivals. Harbour View host Seattle in the final match in four weeks time.
Group B: Alianza 0-2 Los Angeles Galaxy
LA Galaxy played their fourth and final group match with a win in El Salvador to finish with 10 points out of the maximum 12 and a place in the last eight. Trinidad & Tobago champions W-Connection host Alianza next month in an inconsequential match.
Group C: Aguila 1-2 Municipal
Municipal of Guatemala’s win in El Salvador threw Group C wide open. A win at home to Chivas next month would see all three teams finish on 6 points. However – due to their superior goal difference – in order to push Chivas off top spot, Municipal would need to win by 4 goals. There isn’t a result that would see Aguila progress.
Group D: Comunicaciones 1-0 Pumas UNAM
Pumas had already qualified but will surely be disappointed with the defeat in Guatemala, especially as the hosts played for an hour with only ten men. Marathón of Honduras host Comunicaciones in the final match.
Group E: Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1 Isidro Metapán
The Canadian champions did what they had to do to stay alive in the group with a win over their 9-man opponents from El Salvador, however they require an unlikely 3-0 win for Isidro against Pachuca next month to leapfrog them on goal difference.
Group F: Alajuelense 2-0 Club América
The Costa Rican champions ensured progress at the expense of their Copa Libertadores runners-up opponents last night, wit a pair of first-half goals. Even if AS New Club of Martinique beat Alajuelense 15-0 to knock Alajuelense’s goal difference behind that of Club América’s, Alajuelense will progress.
Group G: Árabe Union 0-5 New York Red Bulls
NYRB kept their destiny in their own hands with a fantastic result in Panama. They host Honduran side Olimpia next month knowing that a win will see them through and make it 4-from-4 for the American sides.
Group H: Columbus Crew 5-0 Diriangén
8 points from 4 games will be enough for the Crew, making Diriangén’s home tie with Tauro in Nicaragua next month inconsequential in terms of the group table.