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CONCACAF Champions League roundup: MLS 0-4 in 1st legs

Monterrey v Atlanta United - CONCACAF Champions League 2019

MONTERREY, MEXICO - MARCH 06: Carlos Rodríguez of Monterrey fights for the ball with Darlington Nagbe of Atlanta United during the quarterfinals first leg match between Monterrey and Atlanta United as part of the CONCACAF Champions League 2019 at BBVA Bancomer Stadium on March 06, 2019 in Monterrey, Mexico. (Photo by Azael Rodriguez/Getty Images)

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Major League Soccer’s four CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinalists require second leg comebacks to find places in the semifinals after Sporting KC and Atlanta United lost on Thursday.

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The New York Red Bulls and Houston Dynamo both lost 2-0 at home on Tuesday, while Atlanta and KC were on the road for the following setbacks.

Independiente de la Chorrera 2-1 Sporting KC

Peter Vermes’ men were considered MLS’ best bet heading into the round, and remain so after collecting an away goal in Panama.

Sporting mainstay Ilie Sanchez converted a 51st minute penalty kick to level the score line after Romeesh Ivey gave Independiente a halftime lead.

Alexis Corpas restored Independiente’s advantage heading back to Sporting KC.

Vermes’ men face the Philadelphia Union in league play before the second leg next week.

Monterrey 3-0 Atlanta United

A pair of late goals took Atlanta’s poor night to a level of despair as the Liga MX hosts gained a three-goal advantage without conceding an away goal to the Five Stripes.

Atlanta was outshot 17-5 and managed just a single shot on target despite Frank de Boer starting a threatening front three of Josef Martinez, Pity Martinez, and Ezequiel Barco.

And here’s your exclamation point:

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