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Montreal Impact and New York City FC were knocked out of the CONCACAF Champions League quarter-finals on Tuesday, shedding Major League Soccer hopes of ending their 20-year wait to win the competition.
New York’s campaign has been clinically wiped out by Mexican squad Tigres UANL, who finally aim to claim the continental crown after losing three times in 2016, 2017 and 2019.
Tigres, who were runners-up at Monterrey last season, scored a 4-0 victory with a total of 5-0 after goals from French striker Andre-Pierre Gignac, Leonardo Fernandez, Rafael Carioca and Javier Aquino.
Gignac brought Tigres in the 30. Minute with an excellent header before the Uruguayan midfielder Fernandez in the 49. Minute added a second with a sassy rear wheel finish.
Brazilian veteran Carioca headed Luis Quinones’ cross home on 64 minutes before Aquino scored five minutes from time to score on a gloomy night for New York, MLS partner of Premier League giant Manchester City to achieve.
The defeat was difficult for City, who had only arrived in Orlando on Tuesday, as three players had tested positive for Covid-19 in the past week.
The CONCACAF Champions League, the premier continental competition for clubs in North America, Central America and the Caribbean, is held in a neutral location in Orlando, Florida to help reduce the risk of coronavirus disruption.
The Central American club were beaten 1-0 by Montreal in the early game on Tuesday but prevailed on the away goals rule.
Olimpia beat Impact 2-1 in the first leg in Montreal in March before the pandemic brought the sport to a standstill in North America.
Montreal, which was trained by former star from France, Barcelona and Arsenal, Thierry Henry, struggled to break a resilient team from Olimpia that had long defended in depth.
The Canadian team received in the 57. A lifeline in the minute as German midfielder Amar Sejdic punished a poor defense by Olimpia defender Carlos Pineda to get a low finish on the edge of the field.
But Henry’s team was unable to take any clear chances after that when Olimpia reached the final four.
Tuesday’s New York and Montreal losses increased an MLS team’s chances of winning the Champions League for good. The last MLS team to win the continental crown was the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2000.
With Atlanta United 3-0 down from the first leg to the second leg against Mexican America on Wednesday, the last chance MLS to end the title drought should be at Los Angeles.
New York City FC, Tigres UANL, Concacaf Champions League, André-Pierre Gignac, Liga MX, MLS
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