Wednesday, June 16, 2021
June 16, 2021

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Club América eliminates Timbers in CONCACAF Champions League


MEXICO CITY — Federico Vinas scored twice and Club América advanced to the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals with a 4-2 aggregate victory over the Portland Timbers.

Vinas scored in the 21st minute before adding a penalty kick in the 59th in the 3-1 final Wednesday night at the historic Azteca stadium. The two sides played to a 1-1 draw last week in Portland.

Diego Valeri scored on a penalty kick to keep the Timbers’ hopes to advance alive in the 64th minute, fooling Club América goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa. But Leonardo Suarez scored for Club América in the 70th.

Club América will face the Philadelphia Union in the semifinals set to start in August. The Union eliminated Atlanta United 4-1 on aggregate.

Earlier Wednesday Monterrey defeated the defending MLS Cup champion Columbus Crew 3-0 in Monterrey to advance 5-2 on aggregate.

Monterrey will face Cruz Azul, quarterfinal winners over Toronto FC, in the semifinals.

Club América has won the Champions League twice in the last decade.