After a week of thrilling Concacaf Champions League the fate of all the 8 teams have been confirmed with 3 MLS teams heading out and 3 Liga MX like what is normally the case have gone through.
Santos Laguna vs New York Red Bulls Review
New York Red Bulls headed into the second leg clash after being given a break at the weekend from the MLS. This allowed them to go to Mexico fresh and ready with the aim to turn the tie around.
They couldn't of gotten of to a better start after a 5th minute goal by Oniel Fernandez on his first start of the season. This halved the aggregate score before a nicely worked goal where Bradley Wright Philips teed up Royer who placed it under Orcoza with only 10 minutes gone.
The scores were level and at the time the red bulls had started the better team. After that the Mexican team did grow into the game with a few close chances before the break, but in all it was fairly balanced.
This was till the 72nd minute where one of the craziest 10 minutes took place. Abella took the lead in which then followed by another 3 goals before the 82nd minute.
If it wasn't a tall order already they had to really defy the odds to make it through as after one went in they still only needed one goal to go through on away goals. But as one after an other went in the MLS team's fate was quickly summed up.
UNAL Tigres vs Houston Dynamo Review
With one american team down we go onto Houston Dynamo's second tie clash with UNAL Tigres the pre tournament favourites. Tigres boast a squad full of talent and if Houston had there work cut out before they sure did after giving up 2 away goals at home.
This meant in order for the Dynamo to go through they would have to score at least 2 goals without reply which looked almost impossible especially considering how Tigres had only dropped points once in there last 9 games.
As you would of expected the Mexican outfit dominated most of the game and the fact they didn't kill the game despite aray of chances it all ways felt like if any team were going to score it would be them.
Houston Dynamo were finally put out of the misery after losing DaMarcus Beasley and Maynor Figueroa to injury when a Salcedo strike looped over a helpless Joe Willis. Unfortunately for the Texan based side they looked out of depth in both ties with the best team and team to beat Tigres moving into the last 4.
Atlanta United vs Monterrey Review
Atlanta United have really struggled this year so far and while it is very early days the pressure is already mounting on Frank De Boer who has won 1 of his 4 games in charge with it coming against Panamanian outfit Herediano.
Anyway as far as this tie was concerned it did look like Monterrey who are the only unbeaten Mexican team this term had dispatched 3 goals against Atlanta United to already put one foot in the Semi's.
To be fair to Atlanta they came straight out the blocks and took the game to them after early pressure which included great chances from Gonzalez 'Pity' Martinez and Josef Martinez coming marginally close to break through at the Mercedes-Benz.
Having watched all of Atlanta's games up to now it was clear to see something had changed and that the team were making improvements as Monterrey at times struggled to get out of there own half.
The breakthrough did come though through Martinez who finished off a nicely worked move in the 77th minute to cut the deficit to two, however it seemed like it had come to little to late and it had as Monterrey were able to see out.
Sporting Kansas City vs Independiente Review
Sporting Kansas City made fairly hard work of there tie against the lowest ranked team in terms of odds in Panamanian outfit Independiente. It was clear that the latter team were going to be tough to beat after they impressively dispatched last years finalists Toronto FC in the previous round scoring 5 goals in the process.
The first leg left the second leg very evenly poised after it finished 2.1 in favour of Independiente. With the Western Conference team needing a come back in the second leg to go through.
In the second leg they needed just 1 goal to go through on away goals and the away side did a good job of keeping them at bay until the Nemeth got the breakthrough in the 74th minute. There passage to the semi-finals was then confirmed by another goal Nemeth and Roger Espinosa also getting in on the act.
Who Plays Who and Who Is The Outright Favourite
As you would expect the Mexican teams are the favourites to win the title as they have a notorious history in this competition.
After Monterrey's great start to the season and after getting past arguably the strongest team in the MLS in Atlanta United they are just about favourites at 3.05.
Coming after that we have Santos Laguna and Tigres joint second at 3.50. This leaves us with the US's only hope are a title in Sporting KC who are at a fair price of 4.30