Whitecaps FC complete Champions League run at semi-final stage
Posted on 6 April 2017 in FIFA Club World Cup
Vancouver Whitecaps FC have fallen 1-4 to Tigres UANL in the semi-final stage of 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League. They were the third Canadian side to reach the semi-final stage in the last nine years, following in the footsteps of Toronto FC in 2011-12 and Impact Montréal FC in 2014-15.
Tigres scored two goals in each leg of the semi-final series. After winning the opening leg 2:0 at home, Whitecaps FC cut the lead in half in the opening minutes of the return leg at BC Place. After that Brek Shea goal for the Whitecaps, though, Tigres scored two more goals to win the match 2:1 and the series 4-1. André-Pierre Gignac and Damián Álvarez were the goalscorers.
The 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League final will feature Tigres against Pachuca, who won their semi-final series over FC Dallas. The two-leg Grand Final will be played 18 and 26 April.
"There’s nothing to be ashamed of in that locker room," said Whitecaps FC head coach Carl Robinson. "This two-year journey, we’ve never been in this territory before. We’ve gone toe-to-toe and we’ve just come up a little bit short. So we have to be honest about it, and I will, and we will. But we’ll use that as motivation for next time."
In the home leg, Whitecaps FC featured David Ousted in goal, Sheanon Williams at right back, Kendall Waston and Tim Parker at centre back, Jordan Harvey at left back, and Andrew Jacobson, Matias Laba, Christian Techera, Christian Bolanos, Brek Shea, and Fredy Montero from the midfield up through to the attack.
In the first half, coach Carl Robinson replaced injured Shea with Alphonso Davies (10'). In the second half, he replaced Jacbsn with Tony Tchani (61') and Williams with Kyle Greig (78').
Tigres UANL featured Nahuel Guzman (goal), Jorge Torres, Hugo Ayala, Juninho, Luis Rodriguez, Jesus Duenas, Guido Pizzaro, Javier Aquino, Eduardo Vargas, Ismael Sosa, and André-Pierre Gignac.
In the second half, coach Ricardo Ferretti replaced Vargas with Lucas Zelarayan (78'), Sosa with Damian Alvarez (86'), and Juninho with Francisco Meza.
Attendance for the 5 April 2017 match in Vancouver was 16,258 at BC Place.