Friday's soccer news starts with the last MLS team standing in the 2019 Concacaf Champions League. Sporting Kansas City overturned a first-leg deficit to win 3-0 on the night and advance 4-2 on aggregate to advance past Independiente. Sporting plays Monterrey in the semifinals with Tigres vs Santos Laguna on the other side of the bracket.
Krisztian Nemeth opened the scoring in the 74th minute with Roger Espinoza making it 2-0 on the night in the 81st. Nemeth scored again in the 86th minute. Tim Melia kept the clean sheet with three saves. Independiente goalkeeper Jose Guerra made 10 saves with Sporting taking 27 shots to Independiente's 3.
"We knew that after the first goal, it was going to be a different game," Nemeth said. "I have to say their goalkeeper was amazing. I'm happy to score the first one and after that, of course, the game was more open and we created more chances. The team did a really good job tactically and physically. Everything was perfect."
Also in the soccer news, the Champions League quarterfinals are set:
Spurs vs Manchester City
Ajax vs Juventus
Manchester United vs Barcelona
Liverpool vs Porto
In the Europa League:
Benifca vs Eintracht
Slavia Prague vs Chelsea
Arsenal vs Napoli
Villarreal vs Valencia
Timmy Chandler wasn't in the squad for Eintracht's 1-0 win at Inter Milan to take their round of 16 series by the same score. Luka Jovic scored the only goal of the series in the 5th minute. Eintracht goalkeeper Kevin Trapp made four saves to keep the clean sheet.
“It’s an unbelievably good feeling," Eintracht midfielder Sebastian Rode said. "We’re proud and pleased that we achieved it.... "If we continue like this as a team, we can cause the big teams problems."
Reuters' Simon Evans reports that FIFA will delay the vote on expanding the 2022 World Cup to 48 teams. AP's Rob Harris on the diplomacy aspect of expanding the 2022 World Cup. ESPN reports of a potential European boycott of FIFA's revamped Club World Cup. The Guardian's Francisco Navas looks at Atlanta's slow start.
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