Timbers cruise to win in Guyana
The Portland Timbers cruised to victory in their first-ever CONCACAF Champions League match by beating Alpha United of Guyana 4-1 on Tuesday.
Steve Zakuani and Maximiliano Urruti scored for Portland in the first half, with Kalif Alhassan playing a part in setting up both goals.
Alpha's Barbosa Murillo netted a free-kick before halftime to reduce the deficit, but the Timbers put the match away with goals from Fanendo Adi and Alvas Powell after the break.
The 4,700 miles between the teams' home cities is the largest distance any team has ever traveled in the CCL, but the Timbers will be happy to have come away with a win that puts them at the top of Group 5.
Also Tuesday, Mexican power Club America eased past Bayamon FC of Puerto Rico 6-1 in Group 8.
America scored four times in the first 20 minutes to put the match out of reach at the Estadio Azteca.
Martin Zuniga scored twice for America while Moises Velasco, Michael Arroyo, Ventura Alvarado and Gil Buron also scored for the Liga MX club.
Major League Soccer had another impressive result with Sporting Kansas City drawing Nicaraguan side Real Esteli' 1-1.
Toni drew SKC level after an own goal by Jorge Claros put Esteli' up early.
The draw was Esteli's second of the tournament and the first point for SKC in the CONCACAF Champions League.
Mexican side Cruz Azul went down 1-0 to Chorillo FC, and never bounced back in the two teams' matchup. Azul sits at one point after two games, while Chorillo earned three points in their first game of the CONCACAF Champions League.
Justin Arboleda netted the lone goal of the game for Chorillo from close range off a set piece.