America tops Seattle, Tigres beats RSL as Liga MX sweeps MLS out of CCL
Reigning CONCACAF Champions League champion Club America rallied to defeat the Seattle Sounders 3-1 on Wednesday night to qualify for the semifinals for the second year in a row.
America's Pablo Aguilar scored an own goal in the 41st minute to briefly put the Sounder ahead, but Colombian Carlos Darwin Quintero leveled things only a minute later and Oribe Peralta put Las Aguilas ahead in the 45th.
Colombian Andres Andrade sealed the score in the 50th minute for America, which won the series 5-3 on aggregate and will play Santos in one of the semifinals.
America is trying to become the first team to win back-to-back championships since Monterrey (2010-11 until 2012-13).
In the other quarterfinal, Tigres completed the Liga MX sweep of MLS, as their 1-1 draw with Real Salt Lake earned them a 3-1 aggregate win and the final spot in the semis.
Joao Plato gave the hosts hope when he converted a chance from Yura Movsisyan in the 22nd minute to pull within one goal of Tigres on aggregate.
RSL got their chance to draw level in the 74th minute, after Juninho conceded a penalty, but Javier Morales' attempt from the spot was saved by Tigres goalkeeper Nahuel Guzman.
With RSL pressing, Tigres put the match away when Andre-Pierre Gignac found himself alone versus Nick Rimando and was able to score.
The all-Liga MX semifinals will be being on Tuesday, March 15, when Queretaro host Tigres for the teams' first leg.
Club America will travel to Torreon to play Santos Laguna in their semifinal first leg on Wednesday, March 16.