The CONCACAF Champions League returned on Tuesday, and the Major League Soccer pair of matches displayed a different defensive style, shaking up the rest.
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Atlanta United was determined, winning in Honduras despite playing more than half with 10 men, while the Portland Timbers are happy to score twice but also shake their heads with very suspicious instincts when the Marathon got the ball.
Alajuelense 0-1 Atlanta United
Work done on five tracks after a wild ride in Costa Rica.
Brad Guzan was booked for kicking the ball after the whistle. He sent a teenage goalkeeper between Rocco Ríos Novo’s rods after days of signing a loan from Lanús II.
Oh yeah, he was loaned out by Lanus II to Atlanta United 2.
But Atlanta deserved a penalty early in the second half, and Ezequiel Barco buried it, and the Cinco Rayas held out the first game when Bryan Ruiz, Johan Venegas and Alajuelense won the Costa Rican First Division. nine wins and seven draws.
Ríos Novo made six attempts in the final 47 minutes. The second part will be at 18:00 ET on April 13 in Georgia.
CD Marathon 2-2 Portland Timbers
Timbers blew a couple of leads in Honduras, but two away goals are good consolation for Giovani Savaresen’s men.
Portland led through an own goal in a marathon provoked by Felipe Mora and Diego Valer looooong Free kick that hit the squad and Denovan Torrez scored.
But both goals were met in minutes when Brayan Castillo and Marlon Ramirez sent Oregon a 2-2 draw.
Former Celtic left defender Emilio Izaguirre was in the middle of a force for the park hosts, with three keys and 12 games against Portland.
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