Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Real Salt Lake 0 - 1 Monterrey (2 - 3 agg) (CONCACAF Champions League Final)

Major League Soccer (MLS) side Real Salt Lake have fallen at the final hurdle and seen their 37 game unbeaten streak ended by Mexican outfit Monterrey 1 - 0 at Rio Tinto Stadium in the CONCACAF Champions League final.

After both teams drew 2 - 2 in the first leg, there was all to do for both teams as they fought to be crowned champions of North American football and securing a berth in the next edition of the FIFA Club World Cup

All it took was a lone goal by Chilean international Humberto Suazo in the 46th minute to secure the win for the defending Mexican league champions, making it 3 - 2 on overall aggregate.

Despite enjoying a strong start to the match, Real Salt Lake failed to maximize their chances particularly through Argentine forward Fabian Espindola.

A late surge in attack by Javier Morales and Jamison Olave (both of Real Salt Lake) wasn't enough for the Monarcas as Monterrey ended their attempt to become the first MLS side to take home the CONCACAF Champions League title and entry into the FIFA Club World Cup.

Watch extended highlights of the final here:

By Marcel Abboud