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Toronto FC down 1:2 after opening leg of Concacaf Champions League Final

Posted on 18 April 2018 in FIFA Club World Cup

Toronto FC will head to Mexico down for the first time in their 2018 Concacaf Champions League campaign suffering a 1:2 loss to Club Deportivo Guadalajara. After a second minute opener, Chivas earned a first leg victory with a free kick goal midway through the second half and will head home with the lead for the second leg of the Concacaf Champions League Final 25 April.  
 
Canadian International Jonathan Osorio pulled Toronto FC even with his fourth goal of the competition early in the first half while Ashtone Morgan played a strong 90 minutes. Tosaint Ricketts and Jordan Hamilton were unused Canadian subs on the bench for Toronto FC.  

Toronto FC earned Canada’s sole spot in 2018 Concacaf Champions League by defeating Montréal Impact in the 2017 Canadian Championship. It marked Toronto's sixth Canadian title and fifth qualification to Concacaf Champions League. Since the debut of both competitions in 2008, three Canadian winners have reached the Quarter-final stage or further in Concacaf Champions League: Toronto FC once (Semi-finals in 2011-12), Montréal twice (Quarter-finals in 2008-09 and Grand Final in 2014-15), and Vancouver Whitecaps FC once (Semi-finals in 2016-17).

From 16 finalists in 2018 Concacaf Champions League, only the Concacaf winner will advance to the FIFA Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates from 12 to 22 December.

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