Toluca advances to CONCACAF CL semifinals
TOLUCA, Mexico (AP) Toluca beat the San Jose Earthquakes on penalties Wednesday to advance to the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals for the second time.
With the score 1-1 after extra time in the second leg of their quarterfinal, San Jose’s Shea Salinas missed a vital penalty and the Mexican side won the shootout 5-4 to advance 3-2 on aggregate.
Ty Harden put the U.S. side ahead in the 56th off a cross from Salinas, before Isaac Brizuela scored the equalizer in the 69th to force extra time.
San Jose and Toluca also tied 1-1 in the first leg of their quarterfinal.
Toluca, a 10-time Mexican champion, will play next play the winner of the quarterfinal series between Panama’s Arabe Unido and Costa Rica’s Alajuelenese. Toluca also reached the Champions League semifinals in 2010, losing to Pachuca 2-1 on aggregate.