Toronto FC head to Monterrey with a 2:1 lead in Concacaf Champions League Quarterfinal
Posted on 8 March 2018 in FIFA Club World Cup
2017 Canadian Championship winners Toronto FC earned a 2:1 victory in the opening match of their Concacaf Champions League Quarterfinal matchup with Mexico's Tigres UANL. Toronto went down 1-0 early in the second half as Eduardo Vargas scored for Tigres in the 52', but, Jozy Altidore pulled Toronto even in the 60'. Canadian International Jonathan Osorio put the home side ahead with a clever flick in the 89' to take a lead in the two-legged series heading to Monterrey for the second leg 13 March.
Osorio started his third straight Champions League match for Toronto FC and showed a spark for the home side leading to chances late in the first half and early in the second half, nearly getting Toronto's second midway through the second before netting the winner. Canadian Tosaint Ricketts was poised to replace Altidore late in the game, however, an injury forced a switch in defence for Toronto FC.
Toronto FC earned Canada’s sole spot in 2018 CONCACF 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.