CONCACAF Champions League Review: FC Dallas, Pumas reach QFs

Pumas UNAM and FC Dallas both secured quarterfinal berths in the CONCACAF Champions League.

FC Dallas booked its spot in the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Champions League after rallying to beat 10-man Suchitepequez, 5-2 on Wednesday.

Dallas was up against it early, falling 2-0 behind in the Group H fixture at Estadio Nacional Mateo Flores in Guatemala.

But the Hoops showed why they are top of the MLS Western Conference and on track to clinch the Supporters' Shield with five unanswered goals away from home.

After Tesho Akindele turned the ball into his own net and Wilson Morales doubled Suchitepequez's lead in the 22nd minute, Dallas sparked into life with a pair of goals via Carlos Gruezo and Matt Hedges before the break.

Atiba Harris put Dallas ahead six minutes into the second half, albeit fortuitously, and it was one-way traffic from that point after Rene Maltes was sent off for a two-footed challenge just past the hour-mark. 

Dallas made the most of their numerical advantage, following Miguel Gonzalez's 87th-minute own goal and Carlos Lizarazo's thunderous effort three minutes later.

The result ensured Dallas finished top of the group with eight points from four matches, three clear of Suchitepequez.

Dallas joins the Vancouver Whitecaps and New York Red Bulls as MLS' representatives in the quarterfinals. The Whitecaps are the No. 1 seed in the quarterfinals and will face the Red Bulls, while the No. 7-seeded Hoops will take on No. 2 Arabe Unido of Panama over two legs in February and March.

An 8-1 rout of W Connection on Thursday ensured Pumas UNAM also progressed to the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals.

Needing a win or draw to advance to the last eight, Mexican outfit Pumas produced a relentless display as it heaped misery on its opponent in the Group A clash on Thursday.

There were braces for Eduardo Herrera, Jesus Gallardo and Fidel Martinez as Pumas - who led 3-0 at half-time and saw the former miss a penalty in the 65th minute - finished two points clear of Honduras Progreso after four games.

W Connection ended the group stage with just one point.

Rankings

  1. 1.     Vancouver Whitecaps FC -- 12 pts. / +8 GD
  2. 2.     Arabe Unido -- 12 pts. / +7 GD
  3. 3.     CF Pachuca -- 10 pts. / +15 GD
  4. 4.     UNAM Pumas -- 9 pts. / + 10 GD
  5. 5.     Tigres UANL -- 9 pts. / +6 GD
  6. 6.     CD Saprissa -- 8 pts. / +8 GD
  7. 7.     FC Dallas -- 8 pts. / + 4 GD
  8. 8.     New York Red Bulls -- 8 pts. / +4 GD
The quarterfinals of the 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League will take place late February through early March of next year, with the first legs to be played between the 21st and 23rd of February, and the second legs between the 28th of February and the 2nd of March. Exact dates and times for each quarterfinal match will be announced by CONCACAF in the near future.
CONCACAF Champions League 2016/17 Quarterfinals -  First Leg (February 21-23)
(8) New York Red Bulls vs. (1) Vancouver Whitecaps FC

(7) FC Dallas vs. (2) Arabe Unido

(6) Deportivo Saprissa vs. (3) CF Pachuca

(5) Tigres UANL vs. (4) Pumas UNAM
CONCACAF Champions League 2016/17 Quarterfinals - Second Leg (February 28 - March 2)
(1) Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. (8) New York Red Bulls

(2) Arabe Unido vs. (7) FC Dallas

(3) CF Pachuca vs. (6) Deportivo Saprissa

(4) Pumas UNAM vs. (5) Tigres UANL