CONCACAF.com takes a look at the best performances and most interesting stories in CONCACAF Weekend’s Best.
Tigres (7W-4D-2L, 25 points) climbed into third place in the 2017 Liga MX Apertura with a 3-0 win over visiting Toluca on Satirday. In UANL’s second consecutive win, France international Andre-Pierre Gignac put UANL ahead 1-0 in the ninth minute, followed by a brace from Enner Valencia (65’, 82’).
ARABE UNIDO MOVES TOP
Thanks to its 2-1 win over Alianza on Friday and Tauro’s 1-0 loss to Plaza Amador on Sunday, Arabe Unido (8-8-0, 32) now sits atop the 2017 Panamanian Apertura table. The Expreso Azul got goals from Chamell Asprilla (22’) and Chin Hormechea (53’).
FURCH FUELS SANTOS
Julio Furch (27’, 34’) scored both goals as 13th-place Santos defeated host Queretaro, 2-0, on Saturday. The Guerreros now share the 2017 Liga MX Apertura’s longest active winning streak with Tigres at two games. As a result of his performance, Furch has eight goals on the season, leveling him with five others for second on the scoring chart.
HINESTROZA GOAL LIFTS ALIANZA
On Sunday, first-place Alianza (10-5-0, 35) looked in line for a third straight draw in the Salvadoran Apertura draw, when Luis Hinestroza struck in the first minute of second-half stoppage time to give the Albos a 2-1 win over host Isidro Metapan (7-4-5, 25). Alexander Larin gave the visitor a 1-0 lead with a 36th-minute goal, before Jose Pena (88’) leveled with two minutes left in normal time.
UREÑA GOAL SENDS SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES TO PLAYOFFS
With his first touch, substitute Marco Ureña’s goal in the third minute of second-half stoppage time clinched the San Jose Earthquakes’ first Major League Soccer postseason berth since 2012, giving them a 3-2 win. The Earthquakes (13-7-14, 46) earned the sixth seed in the Western Conference, edging FC Dallas on the most wins tiebreaker (13-11). Ureña, who scored four goals in helping Costa Rica qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, netted five times in 25 MLS regular-season games.
PORTLAND TIMBERS STAND TALL
The host Portland Timbers (15-8-11, 53) finished first in the MLS Western Conference, topping then-first place Vancouver Whitecaps FC (15-7-12, 52), 2-1, on Sunday in front of a capacity crowd of 21,144 at Providence Park. Costa Rica international Kendall Waston gave Vancouver a 1-0 lead in the 29th minute, but the Timbers replied with a pair of unanswered goals. Liam Ridgewell leveled in the 32nd minute and Darren Mattocks – a star on Jamaica’s run to the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup final – netted the game-winner three minutes after the break.
MOTAGUA ENDS MARATHON RUN, LEAPS INTO FIRST PLACE
Motagua (6-5-1, 23) jumped over Marathon (7-1-4, 22) into first place in the 2017 Honduran, edging the Monstruo Verde, 2-1, on Saturday. The result snapped the host’s winning streak at five games. Justin Arboleda converted a penalty kick in the fifth minute of first-half stoppage time to give Marathon a 1-0 lead, but the Ciclon Azul struck twice late to win. Rubilio Castillo netted in the 80th minute and headed home the game-winner in the 90th minute.
LANDIN LIFTS HEREDIANO
Luis Landin headed home Randall Azofeifa’s right-sided corner kick in the fifth minute of second-half stoppage time to give first-place Herediano (11-4-0, 37) a 3-2 win over visiting Alajuelense on Saturday. The host Florenses – unbeaten in 15 matches during the Costa Rican Invierno -- rallied twice from one-goal deficits, with Oscar Esteban Granados making it 1-1 in the 22nd minute and Azofeifa leveling at 2-2 from the penalty spot in the 49th minute.
TORRES ON TARGET FOR REAL ESTELI
In a top-of-the-table 2017 Nicaraguan Apertura clash, first-place Real Esteli (13-2-2, 41) earned a 1-0 win over second-place visitor Walter Ferretti (11-3-3, 36) on Saturday. Gregorio Torres’ 79th-minute penalty kick proved to be the difference.