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CONCACAF Champions League, Quarterfinals: Metapan Down Pumas, 2-1

Seattle gave up an away goal to Santos, but still won 2-1, while Landon Donovan scored in the 88th minute to earn the Galaxy a 2-2 draw in Toronto.

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Toronto FC Vs. LA Galaxy, 2012 CONCACAF Champions League: Late Landon Donovan Goal Earns LA 2-2 Draw

The 47,658 fans who packed Rogers Centre for Wednesday's CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal first leg sure got money's worth. For 90 minutes they watched Toronto FC and the LA Galaxy play a high-paced match that had plenty of chances for both sides, some bad blood develop and in the end, all that was missing was a winner, not that the Galaxy will complain. An 88th minute goal by Landon Donovan leveled things up for the visitors and sent the match to a 2-2 draw, a result that LA is sure to be happy with as they head home for the second leg level and with two away goals in hand.

Toronto opened up the scoring after just 11 minutes when they flashed the pace that makes them such a threat on the counter-attack. A long ball into the path of Joao Plata opened up the Galaxy defense and forced them to retreat. Eventually, the ball went off of Plata and over the endline, but the referee gave a corner kick anyways and Toronto took advantage. LA couldn't clear Torsten Frings' corner and the ball fell to Ryan Johnson, who hit a good left-footed volley to put Toronto in front.

Five minutes later, that Toronto lead doubled, this time through Luis Silva. Once again, the Reds struck on the break as they found Danny Koevermans in the right. LA was retreating and struggling to mark the Toronto players rushing up field so Silva got free at the penalty spot. Koevermans hit him with a perfect cross and Silva's header was perfect, sending the home fans into raptures.

Just before the half-hour mark, LA was able to cut into the Toronto lead. Donovan and Sean Franklin combined down the right and got Franklin space to cross. His ball went all the way to the back post, but not before Stefan Frei tried to come out and collect it, only to fail. When the ball got to Mike Magee, Frei was well out of position and Magee had a nearly open goal to finish in.

The rest of the first half and then the entire second half was full of chances. The Galaxy were on the ball for most of the time and created chances, with Robbie Keane wasting several opportunities and Donovan just missing on another.

Even if they didn't have the ball, Toronto was right in the match and very dangerous on the counter-attack. They almost scored themselves a few times and on one occasion it looked like Silva would be able to make it a brace, but David Beckham intervened at the last second.

Throughout the match, Beckham was pelted with streamers whenever he went to take a corner kick. In the 88th minute, he also had a beer can thrown at him and was clearly upset, but he would get the last laugh just a few seconds later. When Beckham finally did take the corner kick, it came down in the six-yard box where it was scrambled about before making its way to Donovan, who poked it into the net for the all-important equalizer. The Galaxy celebrated and several were sure to incite the fans in the corner where the beer can had come from.

The final whistle went and Toronto left dejected, knowing that, in all likelihood, they would need to win in Los Angeles next week to advance. Meanwhile, LA were still on a high from their late equalizer and more than happy with their draw, knowing that not only had they gotten a result, but two vital away goals to boot.

For more on Toronto FC and their Champions League run, check out Waking The Red.


Monarcas Morelia Vs. Monterrey, 2012 COCNACAF Champions League: Monterrey Grab 3-1 Win Away In First Leg

It may have not been the prettiest of victories for Monterrey, but they will take it. Monarcas Morelia had their chances early, but they didn't take them, while Monterrey made the most of their few opportunities and finished strong. Toss in some help from the referee and the visitors came away 3-1 winners at Morelia in the first leg of their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal tie.

Morelia brought early pressure and had chances at goal, but they began a nasty habit of missing the frame. They finally did get a good chance when Edgar Lugo came flying in with a good header, but a fantastic kick save by Jonathan Orozco denied him.

Despite 27 minutes of near one-way traffic, Monterrey took the lead thanks to a referee's mistake. Angel Reyna was taken down Mauricio Reyna for a clear foul, but the referee didn't just blow the whistle. The referee also pointed to the spot and replays confirmed the initial fears that he had made a mistake because the foul occurred outside the box. Humberto Suazo wasn't going to complain about the referee's error, though, and he blasted home the penalty for the lead.

Just before the half, it looked like Morelia would equalize, but as quickly as that happened, they saw their deficit double. Aldo Ramirez let a shot rip and after a deflection, Orozco was on the ground and hopeless with the ball making its way towards goal, but it just went over the bar. Monterrey came firing back the other way and Suazo scored a second goal to give the visitors a 2-0 halftime lead.

The match was more even in the second half and Morelia did cut the Monterrey lead in half. Lugo's cross floated to the far post and Orozco could not decide whether to come out on it or not. Eventually he chose not to, but by then he was caught in no-man's land and Joel Huiqui's header lofted over him and in.

Once Morelia equalized, they lost control of the match. Monterrey then got on the gas pedal and Suazo almost made it a hat trick, but his shot hit the bar. It proved to be no problem, though, because Darrio Carreno added a third goal in extra time to give Monterrey a 3-1 win that looks nearly insurmountable going to the second leg in Monterrey.


Monarcas Morelia Vs. Monterrey, CONCACAF Champions League: Rayados Face Mexico's Form Side

The Championship phase of the 2011-12 CONCACAF Champions League will kick off Tuesday with Mexican Primera side Monarcas Morelia hosting fellow Mexican Primera side Monterrey (10:00 pm ET, Galavision). As the defending champions of the CCL, Monterrey will garner most of the attention heading into the match, but this should be an exciting and even tie. Both teams are near the top of the standings in the Mexican Primera, with Morelia currently sitting atop the standings, after beating Queretaro over the weekend 3-0, and Monterrey in 6th, but only five points off first place.

After winning the CCL last year, Monterrey went into something of a dip in form, but never an all-out crisis. Unlike most Mexican clubs, they stood by manager Victor Manuel Vucetich, with whom they have also won two domestic titles. Although star striker and Chilean international Humberto Suazo sought a transfer this past January, another event that unsettled the club, no transfer came through and he has recently been reintegrated back into the squad. Alongside Mexican international Aldo de Nigris, the pair make a fearsome tandem up top. Additionally, younger players like Cherokee Perez and Jesus Zavala, both recently capped by Mexico, have stepped up and become vital members of the Rayados squad.

Meanwhile, Morelia are a team that can flatter to deceive at times, but their recent form has been outstanding. Led by veteran forward Miguel Sabah, who has scored seven goals in eight matches in the 2012 Clausura tournament, Morelia has been able to control possession and take early leads on opponents and overpower them on the attack. Mexican international Rafael Marquez Lugo is another important component of Morelia's attack, and they will hope their current standing in the domestic table will help them get by the defending champions.

As is often the case with match-ups between two very good teams, the goals may be harder to come by than normal and the tie will probably be won or lost in the midfield. While both teams boast good midfields, their stars primarily play as forwards, and it will be up to the respective midfielders to control the tempo of the match and get the ball to the strikers. Monterrey will likely try to pass the ball through channels and keep the game on the ground, while Morelia will probably try to play the ball over the top of the Monterrey defense. Both defenses can step up and have a banner day, but they are also prone to mistakes, and if one defense is unable to meet the challenge on the night, it could be catastrophic.

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