The soccer news starts with the defending MLS Cup champions Toronto FC winning the opening leg of their CONCACAF Champions League series 2-0 over the Colorado Rapids. The game time temperature at Dick's Sporting Goods Park was well below freezing. Jonathan Osorio put Toronto up in the 55th with Seb Giovinco scoring in the 73rd. The series concludes next Tuesday at BMO Field in Toronto.
“Tough night to play; obviously, it’s cold, we’ve got a layer of ice and it’s chilly,” Toronto coach Greg Vanney said. “But I thought both teams tried to do their best to play on the night. They gave us some challenges. We were a bit too spread out in the first half. We re-organized ourselves a bit better in the second half and I thought we took control of things and got the better of the chances."
Herediano came back in stoppage time to draw 2-2 at home with Tigres in the earlier CONCACAF Champions League game. Francisco Meza scored for Tigres in the 14th minute with Lucas Zelarayan adding a goal in the 58th. Herediano converted a 90th minute penalty and equalized three minutes into stoppage time.
Staying with the soccer scores, in the Championship, Eric Lichaj missed Nottingham Forest's 1-1 home draw with Reading due to a red card suspension. Trailing from the 35th, Lee Tomlin equalized in the 85th minute. Lynden Gooch wasn't in the squad for Sunderland's 1-0 loss at Bolton Wanderers.
Ventura Alvarado didn't play in Necaxa's 1-0 home shutout of Murcielagos FC in the Copa MX. Bryan Pabon scored the game's only goal in the 11th minute. Jonathan Bornstein's Queretaro beat Cimarrones De Sonora 1-0 at home. Jordi Cortizo scored in the 82nd minute. Landon Donovan subbed on in the 60th minute for Leon's 4-1 home win over Cafetaleros De Tapachula. Elias Hernandez put LEon up in the 25th with Mauro Boselli doubling the lead in the 46th. Cafetaleros De Tapachula pulled a goal back in the 66th. Ivan Piris scored Leon's third goal in the 69th with Maxi Ceratto adding their fourth in the 75th minute. Cafetaleros De Tapachula finished a man down with a red card in the 79th minute. William Yarbrough was on the bench for Leon.
The Guardian's Tom Dart asks a question about the Columbus Crew's proposed move to Austin, Texas. ESPN's Mark Ogden asks whether or not Alvaro Morata can make the difference for Chelsea. Tifo's Blair Newman profiles Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini. AP's Rob Harris reports that FIFA is now allowing voters to support World Cup bids for 2026.
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