Haitian side Violette AC delivered the first shocking result of the 2023 CONCACAF Champions League, beating MLS side Austin FC 3-0 in the first leg of the round of 16 of the competition on Tuesday. Here’s what you should know:
- The victory came in Violette AC’s first competitive match in 289 days since May 22, 2022.
- Miche-Naider Chery scored the first two goals. Both are from strong close-range headers at 13 and 39 minutes respectively.
- The Haitian side’s third came courtesy of Austin FC defender Amro Tarek.
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The last time Violette played a competitive match, she defeated Dominican side Cibao on penalties in the final of the CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championship, sending the club into the CONCACAF Champions League.
Due to the low number of matches and the general gap in perceived talent between Violette and Austin, Tuesday’s result is one of the biggest upsets in the history of the tournament.
Violette was playing the game in the series’ “home” game, the Dominican Republic, due to safety concerns in her home country. His Q2 stadium return leg for Austin FC takes place on Tuesday March 14th.
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