Cruz Azul paid a heavy price for resting their best players in last Friday's Liga MX encounter against Morelia.
Morelia destroyed an understrength Cruz Azul side, 5-1 thanks to a pair of goals from Hector Mancilla. La Maquina had chosen to rest a number of their key players in advance of Wednesday's CONCACAF Champions League final against Toluca, though the league leaders still wouldn't have expected to be humiliated in such comprehensive fashion.
Sporting Kansas City announced Monday it has waived 23-year-old defender Mechack Jerome, freeing up a third roster spot.
The Haitian signed with Sporting KC in February 2013 and appeared in 16 matches, 12 of those coming in MLS play. Jerome also appeared in three CONCACAF Champions League matches â€” the most recent being the club's 5-1 loss to Cruz Azul on March 19 â€” and one Lamar Hunt U.
After beating them 1-0 in the first leg, MLS side Sporting KC thundered out of the CONCACAF Champions League last night by losing 5-1 against Cruz Azul in the second leg, with the Mexican side rubbing salt into the wound by scoring one of the finest team goals we've seen in a good long while their fifth and final goal of the evening.
KC headed into Estadio Azul with a 1-0 aggregate advantage against Cruz Azul, but were taken apart tonight by a much better Mexican team. Sporting held the lead heading into the break but were thoroughly embarrassed in the second half as they bowed out of the Champion's League.
KC suffered from the Galaxy's defensive disease at the beginning of the game as Joao Rojas cut inside on Josh Gardner, played the ball into the box to Mariano Pavone who turned Kevin Ellis and fired past Eric Kronberg.
Ok, here we go, folks. I'm missing Jeopardy for this, so it had better be good. I have to confess that before I had to go journalistically objective, Cruz Azul was my favorite team in Mexico growing up. I mean, Cle Kooiman! Who wouldn't love that squad? He was a local hero.
Sporting KC continues it's busy start to the season with a trip south of the border to Mexico City where tomorrow they'll take on Cruz Azul. Sporting KC travel to the capital with a 1-0 lead on aggregate thanks to the Kevin Ellis goal last week. This time though KC travel into a hostile environment at altitude looking to advance to the CCL semifinals.
After a rough few months, Joe Corona is starting to turn things around at Club Tijuana.
Corona has moved past his recent spell of inactivity with Xolos and strung together a few solid performances, with his freshest outing coming in Wednesday's 1-0 CONCACAF Champions League loss to the LA Galaxy.
In the opening leg of the CONCACAF Champions League quarter-finals last night, Kevin Ellis scored for Sporting Kansas City against Cruz Azul to help the MLS side take a commanding lead into the second leg.
Ellis scored the goal in the 17th minute in only his fourth career start.
Here are several exclusive photos from a memorable night in Kansas City courtesy of World Soccer Talk photographer Mark Shaiken:
Sporting Kansas City's next game in its MLS schedule is against FC Dallas on Saturday, which will be shown live on MLS Live at 8:30pm ET.
Sporting KC return home and return to the CONCACAF Champions League for their first game in the quarterfinals against Mexican side Cruz Azul. The home and away series will see KC head to Mexico next Wednesday for the second leg. Sporting will look to head to Mexico with a couple goal advantage in their hopes of advancing.
OTF's CONCACAF editor Austin Fido brings you most of what you need to know about the upcoming CCL quarterfinals...Eight teams and six weeks left in our regional showpiece tournament. Here's a look at the quarterfinal match-ups, including a reminder of how each club got to this stage, and an update on what they've been doing while CCL has been on hiatus.
Vie 28 de Mar de 2014 Queretaro 2-1 Tijuana 19:30 hrs
Santos 2-1 UNAM 21:30 hrs
Sab 29 de Mar de 2014 Cruz Azul 1-3 Atlas 17:00 hrs
Veracruz 3-1 Pachuca 17:00 hrs
Monterrey 3-2 Atlante 19:00 hrs
Toluca 2-1 Tigres 19:00 hrs
Chiapas FC --- Morelia 21:00 hrs Los sentimos video no disponibleDom 30 de Mar de 2014 Puebla --- Leon 12:00 hrs Los sentimos video no disponible Guadalajara --- America 17:00 hrs Los sentimos video no disponible Gracias por tu visita EstadÃsticas de FÃºtbol
Cruz Azul drew 2-2 with Pachuca in the Estadio Azul, after battling back from two goals down in dramatic fashion. The free-flowing and open game saw both sides rack up fifteen shots each, providing an engaging and entertaining spectacle for both sets of fans and the neutrals alike.
Club America slumped to their fourth home defeat of the season as league leaders Cruz Azul emerged from the Estadio Azteca as 2-1 winners on Saturday evening.
A fast paced game saw its opening goal just before the twenty minute mark. Mauro Formica beat America's Luis Gabriel Rey to Alejandro Castro's cross and he powerfully headed the ball past the helpless Moises Munoz.
After Wednesday evening's thrilling 2-2 draw between Mexico and the USA, players return to their clubs this weekend to compete in Week 14 of the Liga MX. There are just four games remaining, and the battle for both playoff places and top flight survival appears to be going to the wire.
Cruz Azul suffered their first defeat of the season as ten-man Tigres UANL took a deserved 3-0 victory on Saturday evening in Monterrey.
The visitors found themselves behind within the first ten minutes. Cruz Azul defender Manuel Madrid hauled down Alan Pulido in the penalty area, and the Brazilian Juninho made no mistake from the resultant spot kick.
First-placed Cruz Azul extended their lead at the top of the Liga MX to six points following a comprehensive 1-0 over Toluca in Mexico City. For the home side it was a sweet revenge for last's season's 4-1 Liguilla defeat to Cardozo's men.
Cruz Azul's attacking quartet of Fabian, Formica, Rojas and Pavone were dangerous throughout, and each of them could consider themselves not to get on the score-sheet at some point.
In sore need of boosting his quickly-fading World Cup chances, Jose Torres enjoyed a goal-scoring performance that just might grab the attention of U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann ahead of next month's friendly vs. Mexico.
Torres netted his first league goal since joining Tigres UANL in 2012 on Saturday, capping the scoring in the club's surprise 3-0 triumph over Liga MX leaders Cruz Azul.
Sporting KC continue their busy start to the 2014 season tomorrow in their MLS home opener against FC Dallas. KC is coming into the game after an intense, hard fought game against Cruz Azul. They must now find a way to get up for this game before traveling to Mexico City for the second leg.
Dallas comes into the game after topping the Montreal Impact 3-2 last weekend at home.
Sporting KC started their series against Cruz Azul in the CONCACAF Champions League tonight on the right foot riding Kevin Ellis' first professional goal to a 1-0 win over the Mexican giants. Whether that single goal will be enough to see Kansas City through to the semifinals or not remains to be seen.
It's becoming a bad habit for Sporting KC, allowing the Seattle Sounders to get a win on late goals. For the sixth time today Sporting allowed a goal in second half stoppage time that allowed the Sounders to take all three point. This time the goal came from Chad Barrett as he poked a shot home after a scramble in front of goal.
Former Union midfielder comes on late for Cruz Azul, salvages tie for Los Cementaros.
Ex-Philadelphia Union midfielder Michael Farfan had a dream Liga MX debut on Saturday, coming on for Sergio Saucedo in the 79th minute and scoring the game-tying goal against Pachuca in stoppage time. Pachuca took a 2-0 lead in the 65th minute on a brace from Ecuadoran Enner Valencia.
Let's go, let's go! Well, actually, there's a bit of time to go yet, because it's still the second half of Toluca - Alajuelense. I lived in Alajuela for six months, so sorry, Toluca, go Alajuelense! Anyway, it's scoreless in that match.
Prediction for Xolos - Cruz Azul? I say 2-0, Joe Corona and Dario Benedetto score.