Toronto FC are through to this year’s final of the CONCACAF Champions League after playing out a 1-1 draw with Liga MX side Club América at Estadio Azteca on Tuesday night, for a 4-2 aggregate victory.
They join the only two teams to have made the final, Montreal Impact in 2015 and before them Real Salt Lake back in 2011. Toronto will be looking to make history as no MLS club has ever won the annual club competition in its current iteration.
“We didn’t sign up for this tournament to get to the final, we signed up to this tournament to try to win it,” Toronto coach Greg Vanney said afterwards in a press conference.
He added: “We are not happy with just being in the final. We have another very good team in Chivas Guadalajara [to play in the final]. … We have to find our way through that one to win the championship, so we’re not done and we’re not happy just with just being where we are. We have a lot of work still to do.”
The hosts got past Club America with relative ease over the 180 minutes. Jonathan Osorio gave his side a 1-0 lead in the 11th minute, taking a pass from Ricketts just before the penalty box and slotting the ball neatly into the net. It was Osorio’s third goal of the Champions League tournament.
The visitors lone goal came from Andres Uribe who tied it for Club América in the second minute of injury time on a penalty kick.
Forward Jozy Altidore suffered a foot injury during the match but is expected to return for the opener of the two-leg final against Chivas Guadalajara at BMO Field on Tuesday. Vanney was also optimistic that defenders Chris Mavinga, Gregory van der Wiel and Justin Morrow, would also be available.