[CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Tuesday]
The success of MLS teams in CCL group play continued Tuesday as Sporting Kansas City and Portland posted big victories.
Sporting KC beat Real Esteli of Nicaragua, 3-0, to move into first place atop Group 2 with seven points (two wins and a tie), and the Timbers' 6-0 thrashing of Alpha United of Guyana lifted them into
the top spot of Group 5.
Tuesday, September 23
Sporting KC 3 Real Esteli (NCA) 0
Portland Timbers 6 Alpha United (GUY) 0
Sporting Kansas City beat Real Esteli of Nicaragua, 3-0, to move
into first place atop Group 2 with seven points (two wins and a tie), and the Timbers' 6-0 thrashing of Alpha United of Guyana lifted them into the top spot of Group 5. The MLS representatives hold
three-point leads and can advance to the quarterfinals even if they lose the group finales to be played next month against the second-place teams.
Portland beat Olimpia, 4-2, in their first
meeting and because head-to-head results are the first tiebreakers, a one-goal loss would be enough. SKC will be in the same situation when it heads to Costa Rica to play Deportivo Saprissa by virtue
of its 3-1 victory at Sporting Park in their first meeting.
Dom Dwyer’s consistent goalscoring has often pushed Designated Player Claudio Bieler to the bench, but
the Argentine took advantage of head coach Peter Vermes’ decision to rest Dwyer by scoring twice. He tucked away a cross from Seth Sinovic in the 13th minute and struck again in the
second half just as the fans were getting nervous about the narrow 1-0 lead.
Bieler trapped a pass while twisting between between two defenders and drew a foul from one of them, Elmer
Mejia. He slammed home the penalty kick to double the lead. Eight minutes later substitute Sal Zizzo netted the third goal by heading a Toni corner kick over the keeper and inside the far
Sept. 23 in Kansas City, Kan.
Sporting Kansas City 3, Real Esteli 0. Goals: Bieler (Sinovic, Feilhaber) 13, Bieler pen. 70, Zizzo (Toni)
Sporting KC -- Kronberg; Igor Juliao, Palmer-Brown (Claros 60), Besler, Sinovic; Olum, Nagamura (Medranda 84), Feilhaber (Zizzo 46); Dovale, Bieler,
Real Esteli -- Lorente; Rodriguez, Kardek, Praes, Rosas (De Almeida 87); Barrera, Valiente, Mejia, Wilson; Figueroa (Lopez 77), Da Silva (Calero
Defender Norberto Paparatto scored twice and four teammates each collected a goal in the Timbers’ rout of Alpha
United. Jack Jewsbury opened the scoring in the 13th minute and Michael Nanchoff bagged a goal and two assists.
Two more MLS teams play CCL matches Wednesday. D.C. United hosts
Tauro FC of Panama and New York faces a tough test in El Salvador against FAS. Sept. 23 in Portland, Ore.
Portland 6, Alpha United 0.
Jewsbury (Harrington) 13,
Fernandez (Urruti) 36, Nanchoff Zemanski 49, Paparatto (Nanchoff) 61, Adi (Wallace) 75, Paparatto (Nanchoff) 88.
Gleeson; Harrington, Paparatto, McKenzie, Peay, O’Rourke, Zemanski, Jewsbury (Wallace, 62), Nanchoff, Fernandez (Fochive, 79), Urruti (Adi, 72). Alpha
- Williams; Murillo, Oliveria, Duckworth, Madramootoo (Moffat, 59), Jacobs (Ellis, 81), Jack, Camacho, Vargas, Paredas, Peters (Wilson, 60).Att.:
WEEK 5, Schedule: Wednesday, September 24 8 p.m. ET
Pachuca (MEX) vs. Municipal
D.C. United vs. Tauro FC (PAN) 10 p.m. ET
FAS (SLV) vs. New York Red Bulls
Herediano (CRC) vs. Leon (MEX) Thursday, September 25 8 p.m. ET
Bayamon FC (PUR) vs. Comunicaciones (GUA) 10 p.m. ET
Chorrillo FC (PAN) vs. Alajuelense (CRC) Standings:
Pachuca 6; Municipal 4; Real Espana 1. Group 2:
Sporting KC 7; Saprissa 4; Real Esteli 2. Group 3:
Montreal Impact 9; New York Red Bulls 3; FAS 0. Group 4:
D.C. United, Waterhouse 6; Tauro FC 0. Group 5:
Portland Timbers 9; Olimpia 6; Alpha United 0. Group 6:
Alajuelense, Cruz Azul 4; Chorrillo 3.
Herediano 7, Leon 4; Isidro Metapan 0.
Club America 7; Comunicaciones 4; Bayamon FC 0. WEEK
6, Schedule: Tuesday, October 21 8 p.m. ET
Tauro FC (PAN) vs. D.C. United
Club America (MEX) vs. Comunicaciones (GUA) 10 p.m. ET
Alajuelense (CRC) vs. Cruz Azul (MEX)
Olimpia (HON) vs. Portland Timbers
Wednesday, October 22 8 p.m. ET
New York Red Bulls vs. Montreal Impact 10 p.m. ET
Real Espana (HON) vs. Pachuca (MEX) Thursday, October 23 8 p.m. ET
Leon (MEX) vs. Isidro Metapan (SLV) 10 p.m. ET
Saprissa (CRC) vs. Sporting KC WEEK 1, Results: Thursday, August 7
Comunicaciones (GUA) 5
Bayamon FC (PUR) 0
Tauro FC (PAN) 1 Waterhouse (JAM) 2 Wednesday, August 6
Pachuca (MEX) 4 Real Espana
Real Esteli (NCA) 1 Saprissa (CRC) 1 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 WEEK 2, Results: Thursday, August 21
Real Espana (HON) 1 Municipal (GUA) 1
Herediano (CRC) 4 Isidro Metapan (SLV) 0 Wednesday, August 20
D.C. United 1 Waterhouse FC 0
FAS 2 Montreal Impact 3
Tuesday, August 19
Alpha United (GUY) 1 Portland Timbers 4
Club America (MEX) 6 Bayamon FC (PUR) 1
Chorrillo (PAN) 1 Cruz Azul (MEX) 0
Real Esteli (NCA) 1 Sporting KC 1 WEEK 3, Results: Thursday, August 28
Waterhouse (JAM) 4 Tauro FC (PAN)
Alajuelense (CRC) 1 Chorrillo (PAN) 0
Olimpia (HON) 6 Alpha United
(GUY) 0 Wednesday, August 27
Leon (MEX) 1 Herediano (CRC) 1
Municipal (GUA) 3 Pachuca (MEX) 7 Tuesday,
New York Red Bulls 2 FAS (SLV) 0
Comunicaciones (GUA) 1 Club America (MEX) 1
(CRC) 3 Real Esteli (NCA) 0 WEEK 4, Results: Thursday, September 18
Sporting KC 3 Saprissa (CRC) 1
Metapan (SLV) 2 Herediano (CRC) 4 Wednesday, September 17
Bayamon FC (PUR) 1 Club America (MEX) 10
Montreal Impact 1 New York Red Bulls
Municipal (GUA) 3 Real Espana (HON) 0 Tuesday, September 16
Waterhouse (JAM) 1 D.C. United 2
Cruz Azul (MEX) 3 Chorrillo 0
Portland Timbers 4 Olimpia (HON) 2