Posted on August 25, 2012
The 1,000th goal in CONCACAF Champions League history was scored Thursday, when David Beckham netted directly off a corner kick in first-half injury time against El Salvador’s Isidro Metapan.
“CONCACAF continues to hit world-renowned and historic milestones with last night’s 1,000th goal in Champions League play, and the recent two gold medals and a bronze at the Olympics,” CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb said in a statement. “It’s impossible to deny the skill and level of play emerging from our region and we congratulate David Beckham and his Galaxy team on this momentous occasion.”
In just slightly more than four seasons of Champions League play and after 249 games, the historic number was reached.
Beckham will be honored for his milestone at a future LA Galaxy Champions League home game.
The CCL is the confederation’s annual club championship. It was inaugurated in the 2008-2009 season, replacing the Champions Cup, which had decided the region’s best team since 1962.
Featuring 24 squads from CONCACAF’s three sub-regions — North America, Central America and the Caribbean — the tournament is played in two stages: the group stage, and championship round.
Atlante won the inaugural title in 2009, beating fellow Mexican side Cruz Azul, 2-0, on aggregate in the two-leg final. A year later, another Mexican club, Pachuca, defeated Cruz Azul for the crown on the away-goals rule. Monterrey has captured the last two editions, overcoming the United States’ Real Salt Lake (2011) and fellow Mexican club Santos (2012) 3-2 on aggregate on both occasions.
The winner of the CONCACAF Champions League qualifies for the FIFA Club World Cup.
Categories: Champions League, El Salvador, North America, U.S.A.
Tags: CONCACAF Champions League, David Beckham, Jeffrey Webb, LA Galaxy