MLS entered the 2021 Concacaf Champions League without a win in 11 series when its teams traveled to Mexico tied with or trailing their La Liga opponents.
That streak continued on Wednesday as both the Portland Timbers, the 2020 MLS is Back champions, and Columbus Crew, the 2020 MLS Cup winners, exited. The Timbers fell to Club America, 3-1, to go out 4-2 on aggregate. The Crew lost to Monterrey, 3-0, falling, 5-2, on aggregate.
Portland was in the game in the 64th minute when it was awarded a penalty kick five minutes after Club America went ahead 2-0 on a penalty kick of its own. Diego Valeri converted the spot to draw the Timbers to within one goal of going ahead on away goals, but America pulled away with a third goal six minutes later.
The Crew fell behind in the 3rd minute on the first of two goals by Maximiliano Meza and never recovered in Monterrey. It was playing without suspended star Lucas Zelarayan.
For both teams, the quarterfinal runs were their deepest in three appearances in the regional competition.
May 5 in Mexico City
Club America 3 Portland Timbers 1. Goals: Vinas 21, pen. 64, Suarez 70; Valeri pen. 64.
Club America -- Ochoa, J.Sanchez, Valdez, Caceres, Fuentes, Aquino, Suarez (Medina 89), R.Sanchez, Fidalgo, Lainez (Escoboza 90+1), Vinas (Martin 68).
Portland Timbers -- Attinella, Van Rankin (McGraw, 83), Mabiala, Tuiloma, Bravo (Loria 89), D.Chara, Williamson, Y.Chara (Polo 83), Valeri, Asprilla (Ebobisse 72), Mora.
May 5 in Monterrey
Monterrey 3 Columbus Crew 0. Goals: Meza 3, 26, Layun 72.
Monterrey -- Cardenas; Layun, Montes, Sanchez, Vegas, Gallardo; Rodriguez (Pabon 81), Ortiz (Kranevitter 77), Gonzalez; Meza (Funes Mori 69), Janssen (Loba 77).
Columbus Crew -- Room; Afful (Abdul-Salaam 55), Mensah, Williams, Francis; Diaz, Artur (Matan 55), Nagbe (Parente 68), Etienne, Santos (Berry 74), Zardes (Wright-Phillips 46).