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Toronto and Guadalajara to meet in Concacaf CL final

Toronto FC beat Club America to advance to CONCACAF League final Toronto FC ousts Club America, earns berth in Concacaf Champions League finals
Ramiro Mantilla | 13 Abril, 2018, 10:16

It defeated Tigres on the away-goals tiebreaker with a 4-4 aggregate score in the quarterfinals.

The only previous MLS clubs to appear in the finals since Concacaf adapted the current format in 2008-09 were Real Salt Lake in 2011 and the Montreal Impact four years later.

Going into the second leg of the semi-final clash with Club America, Toronto held a 3-1 lead, but after losing injury prone striker Jozy Altidore on just seven minutes, they looked set to endure a night of pain.

Chivas won its semifinal earlier Tuesday night, playing to a 0-0 tie at the New York Red Bulls for a 1-0 aggregate victory.

One fan was pictured having his Guadalajara jersey ripped from his back while other supporters watched.

Osorio, 26, has been with TFC since 2013, and this was his 176th appearance for the club.

In the end, a goalkeeping masterclass from Rodolfo Cota saw the Mexicans through, as Chivas progressed to their first continental final in the Champions League era thanks to Isaac Brizuela's effort in the first leg.

Osorio scored in the 12th minute, taking a pass from Ricketts just outside the penalty area and slotting the ball neatly into the net for a 1-0 lead.

Toronto FC will meet Chivas in the home-and-home total goals final.

The Toronto FC goalkeeper stepped up again in the 63rd minute, jumping to get a glove on the ball and tip a well-placed strike from Alejandro Diaz over the crossbar. They went closest after 18 minutes, when Daniel Royer's teasing low ball from the right across the six yard box eluded his teammates coming in at the far post.

Bono charged forward to put his body on a cross in the 77th minute, getting to the ball before a hard-charging Club America forward.

It was the second straight Mexican club that Toronto had knocked off in the C.C.L., the top club competition for North and Central America and the Caribbean.