Atlanta United Wins Leg 2, Not Enough To Advance To CONCACAF Semifinals
Atlanta United may have pulled off a victory Wednesday night, but it was not enough to carry the team into the next round of the CONCACAF Champions League tournament.
The defending MLS champions managed a 1 - 0 victory over Monterrey FC in the second leg of the quarterfinals, but the lone goal brought the aggregate score to 3 - 1 and the Five Stripes were knocked out of the tournament.
Forward Josef Martinez scored in the 77th minute of the match, but the team was unable to convert through the rest of play.
Speaking after the game, team captain Michael Parkhurst said he's proud of the way his squad competed.
"It was always going to be difficult coming in three goals down to one of the best teams on the continent," Parkhurst said.
"Its been a tough run of games for us, a lot of minutes, and guys laid it all out there on the field. It's a performance that we're proud of and we can build off of."
Of the five MLS teams that qualified for the tournament, Sporting Kansas City is the only team that has an opportunity to make it into the semifinals.
No MLS team has won the CONCACAF trophy in the history of the tournament.
The exit from the international tournament means that new manager Frank De Boer and the team can now focus solely on MLS play as they prepare to host the Philadelphia Union on Sunday.