Philadelphia Union forward Julian Carranza and Philadelphia native John McCarthy both made the Best XI for the second leg of the Concacaf Champions League quarterfinals.
Carranza had a brace in a 2-2 draw with Atlas FC that saw the Union advance to the semifinal 3-2 on aggregate.
McCarthy, who won the PK shootout against his former team to decide the 2022 MLS Cup, recorded his third clean sheet of the 2023 CCL campaign in LAFC’s 3-0 win over Vancouver.
GK John McCarthy, Los Angeles FC – McCarthy now has three clean sheets in the 2023 SCCL after registering his second straight in LAFC’s 3-0 win versus Vancouver in which he made seven saves.
DF Jesus Angulo, Tigres – Angulo made his presence felt in the 28 minutes he was on the field for Tigres with a goal and 75 percent of passes completed.
DF Aaron Long, Los Angeles FC – Long was excellent on the LAFC back line against Vancouver with three steals while completing 52 of 54 passes.
DF Fidel Ambriz, Club Leon – Club Leon are on their way to their first ever SCCL semifinal thanks in part to Ambriz, who completed 94 percent of his passes in the team’s narrow 2-1 loss at Violette.
MF Luis Quinones, Tigres – Quinones was dynamite for Tigres in the 5-0 win against Motagua. In addition to scoring a goal, he contributed three assists, marking the second time he has had three assists in an SCCL match.
MF Jose Cifuentes, Los Angeles FC – Cifuentes made things happen on both ends of the field in a half of action for LAFC with two steals and a goal.
MF Steeven Saba, Violette – Like always, Saba was a composed presence in midfield for Violette in the 2-1 win versus Club Leon. He finished the night with 28 of 30 passes completed, four steals and an assist.
MF Carlos Vela, Los Angeles FC – Vela now has eight goals in nine career matches and three goals in four 2023 SCCL games following his two-goal performance against Vancouver.
FW Julian Carranza, Philadelphia Union – The Union are on their way to their second semifinal thanks to Carranza, who scored both Philadelphia goals in the 2-2 draw at Atlas.
FW Andre-Pierre Gignac, Tigres – The 2020 SCCL Best Player Award and Top Scorer Award winner was at his best in the 5-0 victory against Motagua with two goals on six shots, plus a steal.
FW Miche-Naider Chery, Violette – Chery finishes the tournament with a sparkling return of four goals in four games after accounting for both Violette goals in the 2-1 win over Club Leon.