Thursday kickaround

*Rough night for Toronto sports fans: While the Blue Jays were losing to the Red Sox 10-1 and the Maple Leafs fell to the Bruins 4-1 in the first game of their NHL playoff series, Toronto FC was smashed by the Montreal Impact, 6-0, in the the Canadian Championship semifinals. That’s a combined score of 20-2 (and no touchdowns or rouges were involved).

TFC, four-time defending champion, had carried a two-goal lead into the second leg. Montreal will play Vancouver, a 5-2 aggregate winner of second-division FC Edmonton, in the finals.

“This is something we will look back at after a certain amount of time — after this club has evolved into a different animal – and we’ll say that this was where it probably started,” TFC Coach Ryan Nelsen said.

On this day, that animal was Coyote Ugly.

*Americans abroad:

F Herculez Gomez played the last 27 minutes of Santos Laguna’s 4-2 loss at Monterrey in the second leg of the CONCACAF Champions League finals (4-2 aggregate). Santos led 2-0 but conceded four goals in the last 30+ minutes. Monterrey has won three straight titles and will represent the region at the Club World Cup in December in Morocco. Video of the four-goal uprising:


MF-F Freddy Adu did not play in Bahia’s 2-0 victory over Juazeiro

MF Brian Span played 32 minutes in Djurgarden’s 1-0 victory over Oergryte in Sweden Cup semifinals. They will face Goteborg in the May 25 final.

*UEFA Europa League semifinals:

Chelsea vs. Basel, 3 p.m. ET (live on Fox Soccer and; tape at 5 on Fox Soccer Plus and at 8 on Fox Soccer)

English side won the first leg, 2-1

Benfica vs. Fenerbahce, 3 p.m. (live on Fox Soccer Plus and; tape at 5 on Fox Soccer and at 9 on Fox Soccer Plus)

Turkish club won the first leg, 1-0

*The NWSL confronted the realities of selling mid-week soccer Wednesday as 2,127 attended Western New York’s 2-1 victory over Sky Blue FC at 13,700-seat Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester. Abby Wambach scored in her home debut after sitting out one game with a head injury.

*In MLS tonight, the Portland Timbers (3-1-4) will host New England Revolution (2-3-2). Nothing that unfolds will match the emotion of what happened Wednesday at Jeld-Wen Field. Watch the Oregonian’s video report:

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.
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