Toronto FC’s Patrick Mullins and Justin Morrow acknowledged their goals against Club Leon on Wednesday night came with an outpouring of emotion.
For Mullins, the reason was simple. His grandmother passed away recently.
His teammates knew and captain Michael Bradley was quick to get to Mullins after he opened the scoring in Toronto’s 2-1 win over the Mexican side in the second leg of their Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League round-of-16 tie at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
The result gave TFC a 3-2 victory on aggregate, moving the MLS side into the quarterfinals of CONCACAF’s flagship club competition against Mexican league leader Cruz Azul.