Kempin saves Sporting KC, Timbers romp in Guyana

[CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE] MLS champion Sporting Kansas City was on familiar ground when it opened Concacaf Champions League play in the Nicaraguan city of Esteli, but it could not repeat its win of last year in its CCL debut, settling for a 1-1 tie with Real Esteli in a match that required a huge game from young keeper Jon Kempin. The Portland Timbers had better luck in Guyana, winning in their first CCL match with a 4-1 defeat of Alpha United.

WEEK 2, Results:
Tuesday, August 19
8 p.m. ET
Alpha United (GUY) 1 Portland Timbers 4
Club America (MEX) 6 Bayamon FC (PUR) 1
10 p.m. ET
Chorrillo (PAN) 1 Cruz Azul (MEX) 0
Real Esteli (NCA) 1 Sporting KC 1
 
WEEK 2, Schedule:
Wednesday, August 20
8 p.m. ET
D.C. United vs. Waterhouse FC (JAM)
10 p.m. ET
FAS (SLV) vs. Montreal Impact

Thursday, August 21

10 p.m. ET
Real Espana (HON) vs. Municipal (GUA)
Herediano (CRC) vs. Isidro Metapan (SLV)

An own goal by Honduran Jorge Claros in the 6th minute dug a hole that Sporting KC got out of 10 minutes later when Spaniard Toni Dovale equalized.

On the Esteli goal, Kempin -- playing his third consecutive match following injuries to Eric Kronberg and Andy Gruenebaum -- slid low to make the initial save on Daniel Da Silva's shot but the rebound ricocheted off Claros' body and went into the goal. Dovale's equalizer came on a left-footed free kick that was bent inside the near post.

Esteli had a chance to go ahead later in the first half but Eduardo Praes' header struck the outside of the post. In the second half, Kempin made big saves on Da Silva and Juan Barrera to preserve the draw.

In 2013, Sporting KC had won, 2-1, in Nicaragua and tied Esteli, 1-1, at Sporting Park.



Aug. 19 in Esteli
Real Esteli 1 Sporting KC 1. Goals: own goal 6; Dovale 16.
Real Esteli -- Lorente; Rodriguez, Praes, Kardek, Rosas; Wilson (Figueroa 73), Mejia, Valiente (de Almeida 70), Da Silva (Chavarria 83); Barrera, Rudel
Sporting KC -- Kempin, Ellis, Collin, Besler, Sinovic, Claros, Olum, Zusi (Feilhaber 67), Saad (Dwyer 73), Sapong, Dovale (Zizzo 57).

The Timbers got goals from four different players, two in each half at Providence Stadium, a local cricket ground, in Georgetown. Steve Zakuani, Maximiliano Urruti, Fanendo Adi and Alvas Powell each scored goals as the Timbers started 11 different players from the team that started Saturday at New England in MLS play. Only Adi, Urruti, Zakuani and midfielder Rodney Wallace saw action against the Revs.



Aug. 19 in Georgetown
Alpha United 1 Portland Timbers 4. Goals: Murilo 45; Zakuani 18, Urruti 34, Adi 65, Powell 83.
Portland -- Weber, Powell, McKenzie, Kah, Villafana, Zemanski, Alhassan, Jewsbury, Nanchoff (Peay, 82), Urruti (Adi, 56), Zakuani (Wallace, 64).
Alpha United -- Williams, Ellis, Oliveira, Murilo, Jack, Peters, Dos Santos, Paredes, Vargas (Jacobs, 52), Bain (Primo, 57), Richardson (Holder, 83).

Elsewhere ...

Defending champion Cruz Azul is now winless in two games after falling to Panama's Chorrillo FC, 1-0, on Yustin Arboleda's rebound of his saved penalty kick in the 70th minute at the Estadio Maracana. American Ventura Alvarado was among the scorers as Mexico's Club America hammered Bayamon FC, 6-1, in the Puerto Rican club's regional debut. Its goal was scored by Trinidadian Nicholas Walker, on loan from FC Dallas.

WEEK 1, Results:
Tuesday, August 5
Alpha United (GUY) 0 Olimpia (HON) 1
Cruz Azul (MEX) 1 Alajuelense (CRC) 1
Montreal Impact 1 FAS (SLV) 0
Isidro Metapan (SLV) 2 Leon (MEX) 4
 
Wednesday, August 6
Pachuca (MEX) 4 Real Espana (HON) 1      
Real Esteli (NCA) 1 Saprissa (CRC) 1
 
Thursday, August 7
Comunicaciones (GUA) 5 Bayamon FC (PUR) 0
Tauro FC (PAN) 1 Waterhouse (JAM) 2
 
WEEK 3, Schedule:
Tuesday, August 26
8 p.m. ET
New York Red Bulls vs. FAS (SLV)
10 p.m. ET
Comunicaciones (GUA) vs. Club America (MEX)
Saprissa (CRC) vs. Real Esteli (NCA)
 
Wednesday, August 27
8 p.m. ET
Leon (MEX) vs. Herediano (CRC)
10 p.m. ET
Municipal (GUA) vs. Pachuca (MEX)
 
Thursday, August 28
8 p.m. ET
Waterhouse (JAM) vs. Tauro FC (PAN)
10 p.m. ET
Alajuelense (CRC) vs. Chorrillo (PAN)
Olimpia (HON) vs. Alpha United (GUY

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