Tuesday night was a tremendous night for MLS teams, who have historically done terribly against Liga MX teams in the Concacaf Champions League. The New York Red Bulls defeated Club Tijuana 3-1 on the night, and 5-1 on aggregate. Tijuana scored early to make things interesting, but then the Red Bulls hit back in the 28th minute on a counterattack with Tyler Adams applying the finish. The Red Bulls were then able to add goals late in the second half as Tijuana pushed to get back in the game. The Red Bulls became the first MLS team to defeat a Liga MX team in both legs of a two legged affair.
In the late game, Toronto FC lost 3-2 but went through the series on away goals. The back and forth affair was highlighted by a Sebastian Giovinco free kick which proved the decisive strike in the series. The Red Bulls’ win was impressive, but considering Tigres were the favorite in the competition, TFC’s win is monumental.
In the Champions League on the other side of the pond, Manchester United were stunned at home by Sevilla 2-1 to go out in the round of 16. United played defensively at the start, as is there trademark now under Jose Mourinho. This was a curious tactic, at home against a Sevilla team not as strong as some in the past. Still, Sevilla were clearly the better team in this series over two legs, and their victory was no fluke. Mark Ogden of ESPN examines why Jose Mourinho showed he is out of touch after this defeat.
Didier Drogba is about to start the final season of his legendary career. Now plying his trade with the Phoenix Rising FC in USL (playing Orange County SC in Irvine this weekend in the season opener!), Drogba helped bring Phoenix to the playoffs last year. Recently he was asked about Marseille, and a possible coaching job there. “We’ll have to see what is offered, I’m always happy to help,” Drogba exclaimed in an interview with Telefoot. It certainly would be interesting to see Drogba coaching a team, and it might be something that happens soon after he stops playing,
After Neymar was injured and Paris Saint-Germain crashed out of the Champions League against Real Madrid, rumors started swirling that Neymar was on the way out after just one year, to either Real Madrid or back to Barcelona. Philippe Coutinho and a few other Barça players expressed the desire for Neymar to return. Neymar’s father Neymar Sr declared “Neymar already has a future at PSG. He has a present at PSG.” It seems absurd that Neymar would leave PSG after one year, even losing early in the Champions League. Still, it’s hard to resist Barça and Real Madrid, and since PSG are no longer in the Champions League, these rumors are sure to persist until next season.
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