CCL: Rapids eliminated after Metapan defeat Espana
The Colorado Rapids were eliminated from the CONCACAF Champions League on Thursday night after Isidro Metapán defeated Real España 3-2 to claim the second and final quarterfinal berth in Group B. Mexican side Santos Laguna won the group with 13 points. The Rapids finished third with seven points and Espana fourth with five.
The Salvadorans became the first team from that country to advance to the quarterfinals, finishing twith nine points. Because Colorado had defeated Metapan in both group matches, a tie between Metapán and Real España would have given the Rapids a ticket to the knockout rounds.
Rapids fans held out hope with Thursday night's result tied at 0-0 at halftime and 1-1 early in the second half.
However, Metapán took the lead for good in the 68th minute on a stunning curling free kick from ex-San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Ramón Sánchez. The home side extended their lead to 3-1 with eight minutes remaining and held on for the win despite a stoppage time goal from Real España.
Colorado missed their chance to wrap up qualification by losing 2-0 at Santos Laguna on Wednesday night.