Guadalajara won a penalty shootout to beat Toronto FC and add the Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League trophy to the club’s trophy case for the first time.
A 2-1 Toronto FC victory Wednesday night meant the teams were level at 3-3 on aggregate. The match went directly to a penalty shootout. All four Chivas kicktakers, Oswaldo Alanis, Jose Godinez, Alan Pulido and Angel Zaldivar, converted. Toronto FC midfielder Jonathan Osorio, who ends the SCCL as the top scorer, and Michael Bradley missed their kicks.
The penalty shootout put the cap on a thrilling, open game. Orbelin Pineda got Chivas on the board first in the 19th minute. Rodolfo Pizarro won the ball back near the center circle and calmly dribbled toward the box. He made a move to get a bigger passing lane and slipped the ball to Pineda, who was able to finish in front of goal.
Toronto FC pulled one back in the 25th minute. After an errant corner kick, Auro knuckled in a ball that was deflected back to him. He sent it back in, and his pass ended up at the feet of Nicolas Hasler. Hasler got past his defender in the box and cut back the ball for Jozy Altidore, who scored from close range.
Just before the halftime break, Toronto FC leveled the aggregate score thanks to a goal from Sebastian Giovinco. Shortly after the Italian was shown a yellow card for dissent, he found himself in possession at the corner of the box. He tucked his shot into the near post to make it 2-1 on the night, 3-3 for the series.
While the second half produced plenty of scoring chances for both teams, neither could find the dagger to end the contest after 90 minutes.
Guadalajara will now begin preparations for the 2018 Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates while Toronto FC turns its attention to defending its MLS Cup crown.