Tigres' Eduardo Vargas (pictured) celebrates after scoring against host Puebla in a Liga MX Clausura match on March 5, 2017, in Puebla, Mexico. (Photo: Federico Gutierrez/Straffon Images)
Pachuca rallied from an early deficit to down Club Tijuana, while the emerging Kellyn Acosta notched the game-winning goal for FC Dallas against the LA Galaxy. CONCACAF.com takes a look at the weekend action involving the 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League semifinalists.
Club Tijuana 2, Pachuca 3
Undeterred by a 1-0 halftime deficit, Pachuca (5W-1D-2L) roared back in the second half with three unanswered goals to down Club Tijuana 3-2 on Friday. The comeback was spearheaded by Franco Jara, who assisted on Roberto Alvarado’s equalizer at the left post in the 50th minute, before netting himself 11 minutes later. Jonathan Urretaviscaya then added a third for Pachuca in 74th minute, but Milton Caraglio struck for the host in the second minute of second-half stoppage to set the stage for a tense finish.
Despite the victory, there was bad news for Pachuca as striker and 2016/17 SCCL leading scorer Hirving Lozano (6 goals) was forced to leave the match in the first half with an ankle injury.
Puebla 0, Tigres 2
Tigres (3W-2D-4L) appears to be rounding into form after collecting another road win, topping Puebla, 2-0, on Sunday. Four days after an impressive SCCL quarterfinal, second-leg win at Pumas (3-0), UANL got a first half goal from Jesus Dueñas and a second-half strike from Chile international Eduardo Vargas – his first in five Liga MX games since arriving from Hoffenheim in late January -- to claim the three points.
LA Galaxy 1, FC Dallas 2
After securing passage to the 2016/17 SCCL semifinals in midweek, FC Dallas (1W-0D-0L) launched its 2017 Major League Soccer season in style with a 2-1 win over the host LA Galaxy on Saturday. Memories of a scoreless first half were erased two minutes after the break as Maximiliano Urruti gave FCD a 1-0 lead. The Galaxy leveled six minutes later via the penalty spot through Mexico international Giovani dos Santos, but Kellyn Acosta used a change of speed in the box to net from 16 yards off Roland Lamah’s feed.
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 0, Philadelphia Union 0
Vancouver Whitecaps FC (0W-1D-0L) opened its 2017 MLS campaign with a scoreless draw against the visiting Philadelphia Union on Sunday night. The Whitecaps attempted 12 shots, but only one was on target.