Tuesday was a bit of a mixed bag for Major League Soccer clubs in the 2011-12 CONCACAF Champions League, as Toronto FC earned a vital 1-0 win over Tauro FC of Panama while the Seattle Sounders dropped a tight 1-0 decision to Herediano (Costa Rica). Toronto’s win vaults the Reds to second place in Group C with six points while Seattle remains atop Group D, having secured nine points in four matches.
Toronto FC 1-0 Tauro FC
Following a sustained spell of pressure, Danny Koevermans was able to put his club ahead in the 40th minute with a skilled header from three yards out. The forward leapt up towards a free ball in the box and was just able to nod it over the outstretched arms of goalkeeper Alvaro Anzola.
The Reds did a good job of bending without breaking in the second half, as the club absorbed Tauro’s pressure without conceding. When all was said and done the visitors had outshot TFC by a 10-7 mark but trailed in the most important category, goals scored.
TOR – Danny Koevermans (Peri Marosevic) 40’
TOR – Terry Dunfield (Challenge) 27’
TAU – Jhoan Melo (Challenge) 67’
TAU – Carlos Rodriguez (Challenge) 69’
TAU – Temistocles Pérez (Dissent) 70’
TOR – Mikael-David Yourassowksy (Challenge) 80’
Toronto FC: Kocic, Eckersley, Iro, Harden, Morgan, Dunfield (Stinson 73), Frings, Johnson, Marosevic, Soolsma (De Guzman 61), Koevermans (Yourassowsky 79)
Seattle 0-1 Herediano
After knocking on the door a number of times in the early going, Herediano broke through in the 24th minute on a gorgeous free kick by Josimar Arias. The midfielder bent a 25-yard shot perfectly over the wall and just out of Kasey Keller’s reach to put his side up 1-0.
The Sounders had a very good chance in the 82nd minute when a strong buildup led to a sharp header from Lamar Neagle. Herediano goalkeeper Daniel Cambronero was ready for the chance, however, and made a nice diving save to preserve the narrow margin.
HER – Josimar Arias (Unassisted) 25’
SEA – Lamar Neagle (Challenge) 16’
HER – Jose Cordero (Challenge) 34’
HER – Josimar Aria (Challenge) 57’
SEA – Patrick Ianni (Challenge) 62’
HER – Jorge Barbosa (Challenge) 66’
HER – Daniel Cambronero (Time wasting) 76’
Seattle Sounders: Keller, Scott (Ochoa 74), Ianni, Hurtado, Gonzalez, Carrasco, Sanyang (Alonso 56), Neagle, Levesque (Montero 56), Jaqua, Noonan