Monterrey's Suazo wins CCL Golden Boot on tie-breaker
TORREON, Mexico - Even though he didn't play in the CONCACAF Champions League final, second leg match due to a suspension, Monterrey's Humberto Suazo still managed to win the competition's Golden Boot.
The Chilean was even with Santos' Oribe Peralta with a tournament-high seven goals, but took home the trophy on the tie-breaker: most goals scored over the two-leg final (2-1).The Rayados forward registered both goals in his team's 2-0 win on April 17 at the Estadio Tecnologico.
Peralta, who was suspended for the final's first leg, scored the game-winning goal in Wednesday's encounter.
Peralta, who was suspended for the final's first leg, scored the game-winning goal in Wednesday's encounter. Santos won the game 2-1, but fell short 3-2 on aggregate.
Suazo is the first non-Mexican to finish a Champions League season as the top scorer.Cruz Azul's Javier Orozco exceeded the competition in the 2008/09 (7 goals) and 2010/2011 (11 goals) campaigns.Ulises Mendivil of Pachuca scored nine goals in 2009/10, holding off Arabe Unido's Orlando Rodriguez by a single tally.
This is the first year that CONCACAF marked the achievement by awarding a Golden Boot trophy.
2011/12 CONCACAF Champions League
Humberto Suazo (Monterrey); 2 goals in the two-leg final
Oribe Peralta (Santos); 1 goal in the two-leg final
Jorge Barbosa (Herediano)
Herculez Gomez (Santos)
Joao Plata (Toronto FC)
Dario Carreno (Monterrey)
Ryan Johnson (Toronto FC)
Christian Suarez (Santos)
Martin Bravo (Pumas)
Aldo De Nigris (Monterrey)
Eduardo Herrera (Pumas)
Carlos Darwin Quintero (Santos)
Paolo Suarez (Isidro Metapan)