Cruz Azul
Sporting Kansas City
Wednesday, March 19, 201410:00 PM
Estadio AzulCCLFox Sports 2,GalavisionAttendance:

Match Summary



TimeClubPlayerAssisted By
 70'CAZChristian Giménez
  • Mauro Formica
 66'CAZMauro Formica 
 55'CAZMariano Pavone
  • Sergio Nápoles
  • Marco Fabián
 43'SKCBenny Feilhaber
  • Graham Zusi
 23'CAZMariano Pavone 
 2'CAZMariano Pavone
  • Joao Rojas


 89'SKC Oriol RosellArgument
 70'SKC Graham ZusiDissent
 51'SKC Eric KronbergTime wasting
 51'SKC Mechack JeromeFoul
 48'SKC Matt BeslerFoul
 45'+1'SKC Kevin EllisFoul


Pablo Barrera (F)
Marco Fabián (M)
Ismael Valadez (F)
Mariano Pavone (F)
David Stringel (D)
Sergio Nápoles (D)
C.J. Sapong (F)
Paulo Nagamura (M)
Dominic Dwyer (F)
Claudio Bieler (F)
Mechack Jerome (D)
Josh Gardner (D)

Starting Formations

1Corona15Flores14Perea4Domínguez18Sergio Nápoles6Torrado10Giménez11Rojas33Formica8Fabián9PavoneM20770125580571Kronberg4Ellis3Opara5Besler31Gardner6Nagamura20Oriol Rosell10Feilhaber8Zusi16Bieler37PetersonM30117814171324RAA4


No Data Available

Cruz Azul
1GJesús Corona
15DGerardo Flores
14DLuis Perea
4DJulio C. Domínguez
18DSergio Nápoles
6MGerardo Torrado
10MChristian Giménez
11MJoao Rojas
33MMauro Formica
8MMarco Fabián
9FMariano Pavone
Sporting Kansas City
1GEric Kronberg
4DKevin Ellis
3DIke Opara
5DMatt Besler
31DJosh Gardner
6MPaulo Nagamura
20MOriol Rosell
10MBenny Feilhaber
8FGraham Zusi
16FClaudio Bieler
37FJacob Peterson
7Pablo Barrera
70Ismael Valadez
12Guillermo Allison
55David Stringel
80Rodrigo Bustamente
57Emmanuel Loeschbor
30Andy Gruenebaum
11Sal Zizzo
78Aurélien Collin
14Dominic Dwyer
17C.J. Sapong
13Lawrence Olum
24Mechack Jerome
  Luis Fernando Tena
  Peter Vermes

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RefereeWalter Lopez  
Assistant RefereeGerson Lopez  
Assistant RefereeRonaldo De La Cruz  
Fourth OfficialJuan Carlos Guerra  
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
10:00 PM
Estadio Azul
Fox Sports 2,Galavision

Sporting Kansas City had no answer for Mariano Pavone, and it cost them a spot in the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals.

The Cruz Azul forward scored early and often, recording a hat trick that lifted the Mexican side to a 5-1 rout in Wednesday night's second leg and a 5-2 aggregate win in the home-and-home quarterfinal series.

Cruz Azul's five goals on Wednesday night were four more than Sporting keeper Eric Kronberg had given up in five previous CCL starts.

Pavone scored in the second, 23rd and 55th minutes, his last tally proving to be the series-winner after Benny Feilhaber's 43rd-minute strike knotted the aggregate at 2-2 and put Sporting ahead on the away-goals tiebreaker.

He nearly had a fourth goal in the 66th, only to be denied by a sliding block from center back Matt Besler – and that just forestalled Sporting's misfortune by a few seconds, with Mauro Formica's putback making it 4-1 and clinching La Maquina's spot against Club Tijuana in an all-Liga MX semi.

The home side, trailing 1-0 on aggregate after the opening leg at Sporting Park, wasted little time leveling the score.

Joao Rojas sent a ball into the middle for Pavone, who spun away from right back Kevin Ellis and fired into the upper right of the goal. Sporting had an early chance to equalize when Jacob Peterson got free for a through ball in the ninth minute, but Jesus Corona made a sliding foot save to deny the winger.

Pavone made it 2-0 in the 23rd, putting Cruz Azul in the driver's seat, with an opportunistic putback from close range.

Christian Gimenez's long ball over the top found Marco Fabian all alone behind Sporting's back line, but Kronberg was able to save Fabian's low shot. It fell right to Pavone, who put it home for the 2-1 aggregate advantage.

Feilhaber gave Sporting fans hope heading into the intermission with his blistering finish inside the left post off a feed from Graham Zusi, but Sporting couldn't hold off Cruz Azul's second-half surge.

And if they had any hopes of pulling out a couple of late scores after Formica's putback, Gimenez laid them to rest in the 70th when he slipped past fullback Mechack Jerome and slotted Formica's cross home to make it 5-1.

Jerome was a first-half injury sub for Josh Gardner, who started at left back because Seth Sinovic was serving a one-match suspension for caution accumulation.

Steve Brisendine covers Sporting Kansas City for