MIAMI, Florida – There is never a shortage of drama when it comes to Concacaf competition, and that has been fully exemplified by this season’s Scotiabank Concacaf League.
Through a round-and-a-half of action – 20 matches in total – fans and onlookers have been taken on a rollercoaster ride of emotions, especially with the number of late goals scored thus far in the tournament.
The thrills started in Alajuela, Costa Rica with the second leg of the Perez Zeledon-CD FAS Round of 16 tie. Needing a goal to advance to the quarterfinal round, FAS threw all numbers forward in a frantic search for a goal.
With just a few seconds left in second-half stoppage time, the Salvadorans launched their final attack and it bore fruit as a deep cross led to a Keilor Soto own goal and earned FAS a 3-2 aggregate victory and a spot in the next round.
Yet FAS would get a taste of its own medicine in its quarterfinal first leg against Arabe Unido. Playing in front of its home fans in San Salvador, FAS looked on track to securing a positive 0-0 result against the Panamanians, but it was left heartbroken when Arabe Unido’s Faber Gil produced a moment of magic by scoring via a bicycle kick in the 88th minute to earn a crucial 1-0 away victory.
The scintillating moment generated by Gil was then matched two nights later by Motagua’s Juan Pablo Montes. The Honduran club was on track to earn a comfortable 2-0 home win in its quarterfinal first leg against Jamaica’s Portmore United, but a fierce second-half comeback by the Caribbean side made for a 2-2 scoreline with full-time just minutes away.
That was when Montes put on his Superman cape and soared to the back post to nod in a header in the fifth minute of stoppage time to deliver the dramatic 3-2 victory for the home team.
At this rate, with a slew of matches still to play, it is safe to say that more exciting moments are in store in the 2018 SCL.