[CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE]
Two days after the Portland Timbers, needing as little as a one-goal loss to advance, fell at Olimpia of Honduras to exit Concacaf
Champions League, Sporting Kansas City exited when it lost to Saprissa of Costa Rica, 2-0. Only two MLS clubs survived the group stage, the fewest since 2011, and only one U.S. entrant, No. 1 seed
D.C. United, is still alive, the fewest since 2010. Quarterfinal Pairings: D.C. United
vs. Alajuelense (CRC)
(MEX) vs. Saprissa (CRC)
Herediano (CRC) vs. Olimpia (HON) Montreal Impact
vs. Pachuca (MEX)
Like the Timbers, Sporting Kansas City was unbeaten heading into
its group finale and could afford a one-goal defeat, or even any two-goal defeat except 2-0. And that's what happened as Saprissa won on goals by Heiner Mora
and Ariel Rodriguez
Like UEFA, Concacaf uses head-to-head, not goal differential within the group, as the first tiebreaker. Saprissa's 2-0 win
left it tied with Sporting KC on points with seven. Goal difference in the two head-to-head matches was tied at 3-3, but Saprissa advanced thanks to its away goal in the 3-1 loss at Sporting Park.
Sporting KC's loss was compounded by injuries to midfielder Benny Feilhaber
(ankle) and right back Igor Juliao
(hamstring), both regular starters. WEEK 6,
Thursday, October 23
Leon (MEX) 4 Isidro Metapan (SLV) 1
Saprissa (CRC) 2
Sporting KC 0 Wednesday, October 22
New York Red Bulls 1 Montreal Impact
Real Espana (HON) 3 Pachuca (MEX) 2 Tuesday, October 21
Tauro FC (PAN) 0 D.C. United 1
Club America (MEX) 2 Comunicaciones (GUA) 0
Alajuelense (CRC) 1 Cruz Azul (MEX) 1
Olimpia (HON) 3 Portland Timbers 1
Saprissa's win gives Costa Rica three teams in the final eight, the most of any country in Concacaf. Mexico has two
quarterfinals, while the USA, Canada and Honduras have one apiece.
The provisional dates for the two legs of the quarterfinals are February 24-26 and March 3-5 -- likely before the start
of the MLS season. Standings: Group 1: *Pachuca
9 (17-8); Municipal 4; Real Espana 4. Group 2: *Saprissa 7
; Sporting KC 7; Real Esteli 2.
Note: Head-to-head tied 3-3; Saprissa wins on away goals 1-0. Group
3: *Montreal Impact
10 (6-3); New York Red Bulls 5; FAS 1. Group 4: *D.C. United
12 (6-1); Waterhouse 6; Tauro FC 0. Group 5: *Olimpia 9
(12-5); Portland Timbers 9; Alpha United 0.
Note: Head-to-head tied 5-5; Olimpia wins on away goals 2-1. Group 6: Alajuelense
6 (4-3); Cruz Azul 5; Chorrillo 4. Group 7: *Herediano
10 (11-4); Leon 4; Isidro Metapan 0.
Group 8: *Club America
10 (19-3); Comunicaciones 7; Bayamon FC 0.