For the 11th year in a row, a Mexican team will win the Concacaf Champions League. This time, it will be Monterrey or Tigres, the winner of the Clasico Regio.
Monterrey joined in the
final with a 5-2 win at Sporting KC to advance to the final, 10-2, on aggregate. Sporting KC led 1-0 and 2-1 before Monterrey pulled away at the Children's Mercy Park.
Despite the 5-0
deficit after the first leg, Sporting KC manager Peter Vermes
played his first team.
"I think that it's an important competition and we should play it to our fullest," he said. "I
think we were in the game other than that we gave up two very soft goals early. That was the difference in the game, for sure. After the first goal went in, you could see that we were deflated."
Vermes said poor defending doomed Sporting KC.
"First off, you can't put yourself in the deficit that we did going down there," he said. "Number two is you have to be much tougher
in that you don't give away soft goals like we did. We gave away soft goals there and we gave away soft goals here tonight. The first two were just ridiculous. When you do that and you're playing
against a team that's good, they're going to score. It's simple." April 11 in Kansas City, Kan. Sporting Kansas City 2
Goals: Fernandes 6, 29; Funes Mori 20, 91+, Pizarro 29, Layun 61, Hurtado 82. Sporting KC --
Melia; Zusi, Fontas (Barath 56), Besler, Sinovic; Ilie, Espinoza (Busio 57),
Gutierrez; Russell, Nemeth (Salloi 64), Fernandes. Monterrey --
Barovero; Medina, Montes, Vasquez (Vangioni 60); Layun, Ortiz, Rodriguez, Gallardo (Meza 64); Hurtado, Funes Mori, Pizarro
(Pabon 61). Att.: