Atlanta win second leg, crash out of CCL (video)
Atlanta United restored some pride in the second leg of their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal tie on Wednesday.
But they are the latest Major League Soccer side to crash out of the competition.
ATL beat Liga MX’s Monterrey 1-0 thanks to a late Josef Martinez goal, as Frank de Boer’s men lost 3-1 on aggregate in their debut season in the campaign.
After the game, ATL captain Michael Parkhurst revealed that the reigning MLS Cup champs are hugely disappointed.
“We need to learn from it. We’re disappointed not to advance,” Parkhurst said. “It is a very difficult tournament coming at the very beginning of the season for us. We have to take the experience and build off of that for next year.”
Below is a look at the highlights from the clash, as Atlanta had plenty of chances but failed to advance to the semifinals, as Liga MX teams have now got past Atlanta, New York Red Bulls and Houston Dynamo over the past few days. Mexico’s Monterrey, Santos Laguna and Tigres have all made it through to the semifinals.
Sporting Kansas City are the only MLS team left in the CCL, as they play against Panamanian side Independiente on Thursday.