[CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE] Two goals by Joao Plata in the second half gave Toronto FC a 2-1 win over Real Esteli of Nicaragua in the first leg of their Concacaf Champions League preliminary round series.
A goal by Alesandro Calero -- courtesy of a goalkeeping blunder by Milos Kocic -- gave Real Esteli hope for the second leg, which will be played on Aug. 2.
Kocic was playing in place of the injured Stefan Frei.
July 27 in Toronto
Toronto FC 2 Real Esteli (Nic.) 1. Goals: Plata 56, 72; Calero 80.
Toronto FC -- Kocic, Iro, Henry, Morgan, Johnson (Martina 78), Koevermans, Stinson (de Guzman 73), Soolsma, Frings, Eckersley, Zavarise (Plata 49).
Real Esteli -- Mendieta, Mejia, Garcia, Zeledon, Franklin Lopez, Rosas, Lopez, Wilson (Sanchez 90), Rodriguez, Ruiz (Medina 88), Flores (Calero 62)
Referee: Ricardo Salazar