Sporting Kansas City had no answer for Mariano Pavone, and it cost them a spot in the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals.
The Cruz Azul forward scored early and often, recording a hat trick that lifted the Mexican side to a 5-1 rout in Wednesday night's second leg and a 5-2 aggregate win in the home-and-home quarterfinal series.
Como si no hubiese servido de nada ver lo que sufrió LA Galaxy contra Xolos de Tijuana un día anterior, Sporting Kansas City se complicó la vida desde temprano ante Cruz Azul. Sin embargo, cuando parecía que los visitantes recobraban vida, sucumbieron ante el poderío y la superioridad de los locales.
Liga de Campeones CONCACAF | Toluca 1-1 San Jose Eartquakes | La lotería de penales acaba con esfuerzo de los Quakes
The CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal series between the San Jose Earthquakes and Mexico's Toluca took an unusual turn on Wednesday after Brian Dunseth reported on the Fox Sports 2 broadcast just prior to kickoff that San Jose had filed a complaint to CONCACAF claiming that Toluca filmed one of their training sessions.
The series is currently knotted at 1-1 on aggregate after the first leg in San Jose.
TIJUANA, Mexico – The LA Galaxy couldn't help but be impressed by Club Tijuana after the beating they took in the first half Tuesday night, and although they rallied to make a real game of it – and at the finish were one goal from advancing to the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals – they understand a gulf exists between the clubs.
They can't bridge it by themselves.
After playing Sporting Kansas City last Wednesday, Marco Fabián said MLS is on par with Liga MX. This declaration, of course, came after his first-place side had one of its worst games this season when facing the defending MLS champions.
Cruz Azul vs. Sporting Kansas City
Estadio Azul, Mexico City, Mexico
CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals, second leg
March 19, 2014; 10 pm ET/9 pm CT (Fox Sports 2, Galavision)