New season, more scoring.
On Tuesday, Armenian champions FC Pyunik began their UEFA Champions League first qualifying round campaign with a game against San Marino's Folgore, and came out 2-1 winners.
Former Chivas USA attacker Cesar Romero, the Golden Boot winner in the Armenian league last season, entered the game for the second half and scored the winning goal. According to Greg Seltzer over at MLSsoccer.com, Romero is the first American to score in the Champions League since another former Goat, Sacha Kljestan, for Anderlecht in Dec. 2013.
Seltzer reports that Romero is out of contract in August, and has previously reported that the striker's agents have gotten some interest from other teams, so his future is somewhat uncertain. He's also technically cup-tied in Champions League action for the 2015-16 season, though that's probably not a major concern at present.
For now, Pyunik will face the return leg in San Marino on July 7 to see if they can hold onto their lead and move onto the second qualifying round, where they would face Norwegian club Molde. Should be interesting, and congrats to Cesar for continuing his exploits across the pond.
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