After losing its first two games, the USL-1's Puerto Rico Islanders needed to beat Mexico's Cruz Azul if they hoped for a repeat of last year when they qualified for the knockout stage of the
Concacaf Champions League. A 3-3 tie was a major disappointment for Puerto Rico, not the least because it led, 3-1, at the half and had three shots hit the woodwork ...
ahead, 3-1, at the end of the first half, Puerto Rico conceded goals in the 67th and 86th minutes but still had a chance to win in stoppage time. Cristian
hit the crossbar with a free kick from 27 yards.
Jonathan Steele had struck the woodwork earlier in the match -- the first time in the match's opening minute.
Arrieta, Fabrice Noel
and Nicholas Addlery
scored for the Islanders, but Cruz Azul rallied on goals by Pablo Cevallos
, his second of the game, and Alejandro Vela
Cruz Azul leads Group B with seven points four ahead
of the Columbus Crew and Saprissa, which meet Wednesday in Costa Rica (delayed on FSC at 2 a.m. ET Thursday).
In Group A, Arabe Unido of Panama defeated Metapan of El Salvador, 1-0, and
leads the group with seven points, pending the result of Wednesday's Pachuca-Houston Dynamo game (live on Fox Soccer Channel, 10 p.m. ET).