Sporting Kansas City finished its participation in the CONCACAF Champions League. Peter Vermes’ boys lost in the semifinals rematch last night at Children’s Mercy Park with 2-5 against Monterrey.
It was another painful experience for the US representative, who allowed 10 goals in these two games, once again proving that Mexican teams are far away ahead when talking about the overall quality.
Nobody believed in Sporting’s progress to the finals after 0-5 in the first leg, but the fans hoped to see a little bit more resistance. Especially after the opening goal of the home team.
Gerso broke the lock of the guests already in the 6th minute, and cheered up the fans. But that didn’t last too long, as Rogelio Funes Mori tied the result 14 minutes later.
Gerso once again netted to give the hosts the lead in the 29th minute, but 10 minutes after that Rodolfo Pizarro leveled the score one more time.
Sporting had a chance to reach the lead for the third time, but Ilie Sanchez didn’t convert a penalty in the last minute of the first half.
Everything changed one minute after the stopwatch hit the hour mark. Miguel Layun scored a fantastic goal from a free-kick some 30 meters away from Melia’s goal.
From that moment on it was all a routine for the guests, who managed to score twice more before the game concluded. Aviles Hurtado added the fourth goal in the 82nd minute, and Rogelio Funes Mori posted his second of the game in the first minute of injury time.
Monterrey will play in the finals against the local rivals, Tigres UANL, who eliminated Santos Laguna with 5-3 on aggregate.
C.F. Monterrey is a first-class side. We wish @Rayados and their fans well in the #SCCL2019 final. Sporting gets back to work Sunday against @NewYorkRedBulls. #ForGloryForCity, always. pic.twitter.com/ni4o4kBrED
— Sporting KC (@SportingKC) April 12, 2019
They will try to win this competition for the fourth time in history, the first one after 2013. Back then Monterrey was the unstoppable force, as they clinched three CONCACAF Champions League titles in a row.
On the other hand, Tigres are in their third finals. A lesser famous club from Monterrey is trying to win the first international title after stopping in the finals in 2016 and 2017, and a year before in the finals of Copa Libertadores.
The first game is scheduled for 23rd of April, and Tigres are the hosts.