Tigres UANL booked their ticket to the Leagues Cup 2019 semifinals after beating Real Salt Lake with a lone goal scored by Eduardo Vargas.
In the Liga MX squad’s starting XI, there was a familiar face for the home crowd at Rio Tinto Stadium: Mexican international Carlos Salcedo, who made his professional debut with RSL. After Wednesday’s win, the center back acknowledged the importance of the MLS club in his career.
“I spent part of my teenage years here,” Salcedo said. “I’m grateful to this club and to the people that helped me get to where I am now.”
In his game analysis, Salcedo recognized that it was an even match, as Salt Lake were able to put Tigres in complicated situations.
“I think we suffered for some moments,” Salcedo explained. “But in the end, that’s how it is. I think for some periods of time Tigres dominated possession, which is the style that characterizes us.”
On the other side, Jefferson Savarino admitted RSL's frustration after being unable to progress in the tournament.
“A bitter flavor because we lost, I think we conceded an unfortunate goal,” Savarino said. “We knew who we were facing, a difficult opponent, and perhaps they dominated the game and had ossession.”
“But we had our chances to score, and we didn’t put them away. And we lost the game.”
The Venezuelan winger himself had an early chance, but was denied by Nahuel Guzman in goal.
Despite his disappointment, Savarino had a message for RSL’s supporters.
“We leave with this bitter taste because we lost in front of our fans,” Savarino said. “Keep supporting us, this team never gives up; we’ll keep working and we’ll focus on MLS.”