Concacaf Champions League: Portland romps, Atlanta United also advances

The Portland Timbers moved into the quarterfinals of the Concacaf Champions League for the first time with a 5-0 win over Honduran club Marathon, advancing, 7-2, on aggregate.

Portland was eliminated in the group stage in its two previous appearances in the Champions League (2014 and 2016).

Yimmi Chara led the Timbers with a hat trick while Diego Valeri added a goal and an assist.

The match marked the Timbers' first match since March 8, 2020, at which fans were allowed to attend.

April 13 in Portland, Ore.
Portland Timbers 5 Marathon 0. Goals: Y.Chara 18, 36, 78, Valeri 66, Loria 89.
Portland Timbers -- Clark, Van Rankin, Mabiala, Zuparic (Tuiloma, 88), Bravo, D.Chara, Williamson, Y.Chara (Bodily, 80), D.Valeri (Paredes, 80), Asprilla (Jome, 88), Mora (Loria, 68).
Marathon -- Torres, Crisanto (Hoyos, 46), Perdomo, Techera, Vega, Garrido, Arriaga (Garcia, 63), Izaguirre, Solano (Suazo, 70), Ramirez (Calix, 46), Castillo (Palermo, 46).

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Atlanta United beat Costa Rica's Alajuelense, 1-0, to complete its first series sweep in three years in the Concacaf Champions League.

But the Five Stripes, who also won, 1-0, in Costa Rica, made it more difficult than it should have been, waiting until the first minute of stoppage time to get the winner on a goal by Jurgen Damm. Alajuelense was missing most of its starters due to COVID-19 protocols that prevented them from traveling to the United States.

Atlanta United became just the third MLS team to reach the quarterfinals three years in a row after the LA Galaxy (2011-13) and New York Red Bulls (2017-19).

April 13 in Kennesaw, Ga.
Atlanta United 1 Alajuelense 0. Goal: Damm 90+1.
Atlanta United -- Rios Novo; Walkes, Bello, Robinson, Lennon; Sosa, Ibarra (Damm 46); Moreno, Barco, Hyndman; Martinez (Lopez 66).
Alajuelense -- Vargas; Faerron, Arreola, Diaz; Roman (Castro 84), Salvatierra (Gamboa 70), Cubero, Aguilera (Suarez 76), Alfaro, Alonso, Batista; Montenegro.

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