Liga MX power Monterrey set up a tasty CONCACAF Champions League final against city rivals Tigres after dispatching MLS side Sporting KC.
Despite losing the second semifinal leg Wednesday, Tigres cruised into the CONCACAF Champions League final after a 5-3 aggregate win over Santos.
Kansas City manager Peter Vermes hailed "relentless" Monterrey in their first-leg semifinal victory over his side in the CONCACAF Champions league.
Monterrey routed Sporting Kansas City 5-0 on Thursday in the first leg of the teams' CONCACAF Champions League semifinal.
Tigres is in complete control of its CCL semifinal tie against fellow Liga MX side Santos Laguna after a commanding 3-0 first-leg win on Wednesday.
Sporting Kansas City overturned a first-leg deficit to beat Independiente de la Chorrera and advance to the CONCACAF Champions League semis.
Frank de Boer's side won on the night but went out of its quarterfinal with Monterrey on aggregate, another blemish for the defending MLS champions.
Liga MX got the better of MLS as Santos Laguna quashed New York's brief moment of hope on Tuesday night and Tigres eased past Houston.
The reigning MLS champions fell to Monterrey 3-0 in their quarterfinal, and Sporting Kansas City lost 2-1 to upstart Independiente of Panama.
Mexico's Santos Laguna claimed a 2-0 win over the New York Red Bulls, and UANL won by the same score over Houston, in the CONCACAF Champions League.
Atlanta United overturned a two-goal deficit, to advance to the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Champions League, while Sporting KC saw off Toluca.
New York Red Bulls set up an MLS-Liga MX clash with Santos Laguna as both sides advanced in the CONCACAF Champions League match.
Toronto FC made a quick exit from the CCL on Tuesday with a 1-1 home draw against Independiente that sealed the Panamanian team's 5-1 aggregate win.
Sporting KC won 3-0 over Liga MX side Toluca in the CONCACAF Champions League on Tuesday, while Atlanta United fell 3-1 to Costa Rica's Herediano.
An own goal and a Daniel Royer tally gave NYRB a 2-0 win over Atletico Pantoja in the first leg of their CCL opening-round series on Wednesday.
The Dominican powerhouse has barely been in existence for 20 years but has a chance to imprint its next footprint in the CONCACAF Champions League.
Panamanian side Club Atletico Independiente shocked Toronto FC in the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League round of 16.
Tigres, Monterrey and Santos Laguna face managable Round of 16 opponents in the tournament, but Toluca have a stern MLS test against Sporting KC.
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