CONCACAF Champions League Preliminary Round Recap

ThomasSenior Writer IAugust 27, 2008

The first matches of the inaugural CONCACAF Champions League are over. After the dust settled, there were some surprises in who came out the winners and losers.


CHIVAS USA—TAURO FC:  Chivas USA went down faced off against Tauro FC in Panama. The seven-time Panamian champions easily defeated Chivas 2-0. From the outset of the match, Tauro looked like they were in control.

Panamian international, Edwin Aguilar became the first player to score in the tournament when he scored in the seventh minute to put Tauro ahead. Later in the 67th minute, Aguilar struck again when he chipped the ball past the Chivas goalkeeper. The second match in the series will be at the Home Depot Center on September 2nd.

NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION—JOE PUBLIC FC:  While Chivas was being defeated by Tauro, the Revs weren't doing much better. The Revs went to Trinidad to face Joe Public FC in what was supposed to be an easy win.

Unfortunately, Joe Public managed to get a convincing win 2-1. On the bright side though, Joe Public wasted many chances. Six minutes after half time, Gregory Richardson scored to put Joe Public up 1-0.

Substitute Jamal Gay came on for Joe Public and scored another goal in the 70th minute putting the home side up, 2-0. Six minutes later, Sharlie Joseph from the Revs was brought down in the penalty box.

That allowed Mauricio Castro to take a cool penalty for the Revs bringing the final score, 2-1. The second match in the series will be at the RFK Stadium on September 2nd.


Other Results:

Cruz Azul 6 - Hankook Verdes 0

Montreal Impact 1 - Real Estali 0

LD Alajuelense 1 - Puerto Rico Islanders 1