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Wednesday Kickoff: Herediano swarms Club America in CCL; Boca wins big in Copa Libertadores; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Herediano has one foot in the door of the CONCACAF Champions League final.

The Costa Rican side defeated Mexico’s Club America, 3-0, Tuesday night with a trio of second-half goals after America’s Michael Arroyo was sent off in the first half.

After a scoreless first half, Herediano opened the scoring in the 53rd minute through Esteban Ramirez Segnini before Yendrick Ruiz added a second 16 minutes later. Club America’s frustration reached a high in the 82nd when Jonathan Hanse added a third, sealing a massive deficit for the tournament favorites heading into the second leg in Mexico.

The tie’s second leg is set to be played April 8 at the Estadio Azteca.

Here are some more news and notes to kick off your Wednesday morning:

BOCA JUNIORS PICK UP BIG WIN IN COPA LIBERTADORES

Boca Juniors have made it four wins in as many games with yet another big victory in the Copa Libertadores.

The Argentinian powerhouse defeated Zamora 5-1 to seal a spot in the tournament’s knockout stages. Boca was led by braces from Nicolás Colazo and Juan Manuel Martinez, while Andres Chávez also provided a finish.

Fellow Argentinian side Racing Club also picked up a victory, as Diego Milito and Ezequiel Videla each scored in the final 13 minutes of a 2-0 win over Sporting Cristal.

Meanwhile, Tigres UANL eased past San Jose, 4-1, Corinthians topped Danubio FC, 2-1, and The Strongest defeated Universidad de Chile by a 5-3 scoreline.

DUTCH CLUB HIRES OAKLAND A’S GM BEANE AS AN ADVISOR

Billy Beane has become a major figure in baseball front offices, but now the “Moneyball” innovator will try his hand at soccer.

Dutch club AZ Alkamaar, home of U.S. Men’s National Team striker Aron Johannsson, has hired the Oakland A’s general manager as an adviser. AZ hired Beane, subject of the book and movie “Moneyball,” to help the club compete with the more financially successful Ajax, PSV Eindhoven, FC Twente and Feyenoord.

“AZ was already very interested in the ‘Moneyball’ principle before I got here,” said AZ general director Robert Eenhoorn, a former Major League Baseball player. “I have known Billy for a while, because of my history in baseball. When we approached him for this role with AZ, he was immediately enthusiastic.

“He has been able to close the gap with the big market teams, by being innovative. We are very excited and look forward to working with him. Billy will give his advice from the States and he will visit Alkmaar a few times a year.”

QUICK KICKS

Bhutan, the world’s worst team according to FIFA rankings, defeated Sri Lanka, 3-1 on aggregate, to advance in World Cup qualifying. (REPORT)

Parma president Giampietro Manenti has been arrested for money laundering. (REPORT)

Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone is set to sign a new deal to remain with the club. (REPORT)

Martin Odegaard ha been called up by Norway for an upcoming Euro 2016 qualifier against Croatia. (REPORT)

What do you think of Herediano’s victory? Who do you see as favorites in the Copa Libertadores? How will Beane fare in soccer?

Share your thoughts below.

Comments

  1. we know American owners are all over european soccer, but is any club as closely tied to the US as Alkmaar? Former MLB player is “General Director” Earnie Stewart is Director of Football Affairs. Johannson on the roster, former home of Jozy… and now Billy Beane.

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  2. I had to quit watching around halftime, it looked very even at that point.

    3-0. Don’t mess with Costa Rica these days.

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    • You missed the best part.. Fights all over the place with Ventura Alvarado in the middle of it all. He got a yellow card and should’ve been sent off. It was awesome.

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      • If a match occurs on fox sports 2, but there was no one there to see it, did it really happen? So didsapointed fox has so many rights. By far the most restricted access on tv or online than any of the other channels that have had rights.

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