Thursday, September 04, 2008

Wha!!!!?????? Puerto Rico Advances in CONCACAF Champions Leauge

USL-1 side Puerto Rico Islanders joined fellow USL-1 club Montreal Impact in advancing to the group stage of the CONCACAF Champions League last night by scoring two goals in the final (very final) final minutes of the of its second leg match up with Costa Rican side Alajuelense (a pre-tournament favorite).

Here is the description of the last two goals, the result of Alajuelense errors:
A mistake by Alfaro gave Puerto Rico life in the 87th minute. A slow rolling ball into the box was dived on by the goalkeeper at the corner with his momentum carrying him over the line. Kendall Jagdeosingh charged at the play and as the netminder tried to take his hand off the ball so as to not handle it outside the box, the striker stole it, turned and fired it into the far side netting from the right flank of the box.

Less than two minutes later a lofted free kick from Steele was met inside the box by the head of an Alajuelense defender, but the deflection sent the ball backwards toward goal and into the chest of Atieno, who made sure to bury this attempt as it dropped to his feet, giving the USL-1 side the shocking victory as they held on to down the 2004 CONCACAF Champions Cup winners.
Puerto Rico joins JOE Public (winners 6:1 on aggregrate over New England) and Santos Laguna and Municipal in the Group D of the Champions League.

That is how quick fortunes can change in this game.

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