Pumas UNAM aren't prioritizing the CONCACAF Champions League, as evidenced by their less than full strength lineup in tonight's semifinal first leg, but Monterrey couldn't care less. They're prioritizing the competition as they go in search of their second consecutive title and are more than happy with their 3-0 win over Pumas, full strength opposition or not.
Humberto Suazo was at the heart of all three Rayados goals, shining in the tournament that he dominated last year. He fed Miguel Morales for Monterrey's first goal, playing a quick free kick that put Morales in on goal for the finish. Aldo De Nigris was the beneficiary of Suazo's service for the second goal, taking Suazo's cross at the back post and nodding home to double the Rayados' lead. De Nigris also put home the third goal, again from Suazo, although this time he had to do some more of the work on his own, turning Marco Palacios around before a good strike made it 3-0.
Monterrey was just as dominant as the scoreline would suggest. In the first half, Pumas barely ever wandered forward and Monterrey probably should have been up more than a goal. Their two second half goals brought order to the match as the Rayados put themselves in a golden position with a three-goal lead heading to Mexico City.