LA CHORRERA, Panama — Alexis Corpas scored in the 59th minute to hand Independiente La Chorrera a 2-1 win over Sporting Kansas City in the first leg of the quarterfinal series of the CONCACAF Champions League at Estadio Agustin Sanchez in La Chorrera.
Romeesh Ivey scored for Independiente in the 39th minute. Ilie Sanchez equalized for Sporting with a penalty kick in the 51st minute. Independiente is the defending champions of the top level of the Panamanian league.
Jose Guerra stopped three of four Sporting shots on goal. Adrian Zendejas made five saves in goal for Sporting.
The two teams meet in the second leg at 7 p.m. March 14 at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kan. A Sporting win by more than one goal will ensure a semifinal berth. Independiente needs a win or a draw to advance. Independiente can also advance with a one-goal loss if it scores more than one goal in the second leg.
1. I Romeesh Ivey (Omar Browne) 39m.
2. S Ilie Sanchez (penalty kick) 51m.
3. I Alexis Corpas (Gustavo Bolivar) 59m.
Sporting Kansas City: Adrian Zendejas; Jaylin Lindsey, Botond Barath, Matt Besler (C), Rodney Wallace; Ilie Sanchez, Roger Espinoza, Kelyn Rowe (Johnny Russell 68); Yohan Croizet (Gianluca Busio 81), Erik Hurtado, Daniel Salloi (Gerso Fernandes 78).
Subs Not Used: Tim Melia, Seth Sinovic, Graham Smith, Krisztian Nemeth.
Independiente: Jose Guerra; Omar Cordoba, Gerardo Negrete, Manuel Torres (C), Porfirio Avila; Omar Browne, Abdiel Ayarza, Gustavo Bolivar, Romeesh Ivey (Alexander Navarro 92+); Juan Gonzalez, Ruben Barrow (Alexis Corpas 56).
Subs Not Used: Eddie Roberts, Joseph Rosales, Vito Bellino, Frank Piedrahita, Jordyn Soraca.
Total shots — SKC 11, CAI 18. Shots on goal — SKC 4, CAI 7. Saves — SKC: Adroam Zendejas (L) 5. CAI: Jose Guerra (W) 3. Corner kicks — SKC 5, CAI 6. Fouls — SKC 13, CAI 13. Offside — SKC 0, CAI 2. Cautions — SKC: Daniel Salloi (argument) 63m.