Guadalajara took a step towards the CONCACAF Champions League quarter-finals with a 2-0 victory at Cibao, while New York Red Bulls earned a draw away from home.
Winners of the tournament in its inaugural year in 1962 – when it was known as the Champions Cup – Guadalajara drew first blood in the Dominican Republic Thursday thanks to Jesus Sanchez and Jose Macias.
Sanchez gave the Mexican visitors a 40th-minute lead in the opening leg after firing a shot past Cibao goalkeeper Juan Dominguez.
The two-time runners-up, who last reached the final in 2007, sealed the victory in stoppage time when Macias bundled the ball home from close range.
. Goal of the Game: 93' Cisneros and Macías with a tidy 1-2 in the box as Macías doubles ' lead. 2-0 over | February 23, 2018
MLS outfit the Red Bulls scored a priceless away goal in their 1-1 draw against Costa Rica's Olimpia.
The Red Bulls hit the front just past the half-hour mark after Daniel Royer latched onto a cross from Bradley Wright-Phillips, glancing the ball beyond Donis Escober in San Jose.
. Goal 31' Bradley Wright-Phillips sends a phenomenal long ball to Royer who beats Escober with a deft finish | February 23, 2018
Olimpia equalised via Brayan Moya after Michael Chirinos was fouled inside the penalty area with 17 minutes remaining.
Meanwhile, Seattle Sounders lost 2-1 at Santa Tecla following Gerson Mayen's second-half brace for the El Salvadorian hosts.
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