Posted on September 26, 2012
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador – Toronto FC finds itself still alive in the CONCACAF Champios League.
The Major League Soccer club recorded a 3-0 victory over CD Aguila in a Group 1 encounter on Tuesday night.
Terry Dunfield scored twice and Quincy Amarikwa added a goal.
Toronto remained in second place in the group but moved within three points of Santos Laguna. The two teams meet in Torreon, Mexico on Oct. 24, which will determine the group winner and knockout round berth .
Toronto needs to defeat Santos by at least two goals to move on.
Aguila, which lost all four of its group stage matches and were outscored 17-1, played without four key players — Benji Villalobos, Osael Romero, Isidro Gutierrez and Mardoqueo Henriquez – all of whom have joined the Salvadoran national team for training in preparation for its next World Cup qualifiers.
Amarikwa put the Canadian club into the lead in the 16th minute, putting his header from Jamaican international Ryan Johnson’s cross inside the near post for his second CCL goal.
Both players also were instrumental in Toronto FC’s second goal as Dunfield disrupted Aguila’s attempted buildup out of the back. Amarikwa took the ball and fed Johnson on his lleft. Johnson slipped the ball to a Dunfield, who tapped the ball into the empty net after goalkeeper Manuel Gonzalez came off his line to challenge Johnson.
It was Dunfield’s second Champions League goal.
Toronto, which has scored two or more goals in six of its last seven CCL road matches, threatened to add a third in the 75th minute. But Johnson banged an eight-yard shot off the crossbar off a cross from Bermudan international Reggie Lambe.
Dunfield put the finishing touches with his second goal of the match, sliding in to push Ashtone Morgan’s low cross into the net in the 86th minute.
Photo: Ryan Johnson helped set up two goals for Toronto in its win. YCJ
Categories: Bermuda, Canada, Central America, Champions League, Jamaica, North America
Tags: CD Aguila, Major League Soccer, Reggie Lambe, Ryan Johnson, Terry Dunfield, Toronto FC