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Toronto FC 1, CA Independiente 1 | 2019 Concacaf Champions League Recap

 
Toronto FC vs. CAI - Game Highlights

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Posted by Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League on Tuesday, February 26, 2019

The spirit was willing, but the summit too steep for Toronto FC on Tuesday night, as their 2019 Concacaf Champions League run shuddered to a premature close with a 1-1 draw at BMO Field vs. Club Atletico Independiente. The result sealed passage from the Round of 16 for the Panamanians by a 5-1 aggregate scoreline. 

Facing a daunting 4-0 series deficit thanks to their stunning collapse in Central America last week, the Reds started the evening brightly, completely dominating the early stages with assertive play assisted by sub-freezing temperatures. Homegrown forward  Jordan Hamilton headed the hosts into a deserved lead that fueled hopes of an unlikely comeback. 

TFC's finishing nous deserted them the rest of the way, however, as they failed to convert an array of opportunities, including via several sterling saves by CAI goalkeeper Jose Guerra. 

Their already-long odds grew further as the second half ticked away, but another miscue by offseason signing Laurent Ciman effectively clinched victory for the visitors. The Belgian center back handed Omar Browne a breakaway when he misplayed a header, flicking the ball into space behind the TFC back line, and Browne dispatched the chance clinically, rounding Alex Bono to net a timely away goal.

Goals

  • 19' – TOR – Jordan Hamilton
  • 67' – CAI – Omar Browne

Lineups

Toronto FC (4-4-2): Alex Bono -- Auro Jr. (Drew Moor 76’), Laurent Ciman, Chris Mavinga, Justin Morrow -- Marky Delgado, Michael Bradley, Jonathan Osorio (Tsubasa Endoh 76’), Nick DeLeon -- Jordan Hamilton, Ayo Akinola (Terrence Boyd 63’)

Club Independiente La Chorrera (4-4-2): José Guerra -- Omar Córdoba, Gerardo Negrete, Manuel Torres, Francisco Vence -- Omar Browne (Alexis Corpas 85’), Abdiel Ayarza (Porfirio Ávila 83’), Gustavo Bolívar, Romeesh Ivey -- Juan González, Jorman Aguilar (Rubén Barrow 71’)

Three Things 

Next Up

  • TOR: Saturday, March 2 at Philadelphia (1 pm ET | TSN 1/4 in Canada, MLS LIVE on ESPN+ in USA)
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