Two-time defending champion Monterrey (Mexico) kicked-off the defense of its CONCACAF Champions League title Tuesday with a 5-0 home win over Panama’s Chorrillo. José María Basanta (7′)opened the scoring, but Angel Reyna was the standout, striking for threegoals (45′, 78′, 88′). Second-half substitute Dario Carrenoalso tallied for Los Rayados (83′).
In the evening’s second match, host Herediano (Costa Rica) defeated 2010-11 runner-up Real Salt Lake (USA) 1-0 on a 13th minute goalby Elias Aguilar at the Estadio Nacional in San Jose.
On Wednesday, Aguila (El Salvador) travels north to make its tournament debut against Toronto FC (Canada), Tigres UANL (Mexico)hosts Real Esteli (Nicaragua) and Isidro Metapan (El Salvador) will entertain the Puerto Rico Islanders (Puerto Rico) in a rematch of last year’s Preliminary Round pairing.
The first week of CCL action concludes with a Thursday triple-header: DIRECTV W Connection (Trinidad & Tobago) v Xelaju(Guatemala); Olimpia (Honduras) v FAS (El Salvador) in San Pedro Sula; and the Seattle Sounders (USA) v Caledonia AIA (Trinidad & Tobago).
After a lengthy break, the second week of CCL play will take place August 21-23.
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