Despite all the attacking talent in action, none of Liverpool, Bayern Munich, Lyon and Barcelona could find the back of the net, sending two Champions League last-16 matchups finely poised heading into their second legs.
A year ago, Toronto FC nearly won the CCL title, but its run may be over before it can even get started after an embarrassing opener in Panama. Elsewhere, the Dynamo won thanks to a goal from an unlikely source, while the competition's favorite has work to do in the second leg.
MLS's futility in the Concacaf Champions League is well-documented, and the 2019 crop of hopefuls kicks off the quest to crown a champion, with some of the same potential pitfalls that have crippled past contenders still very much in play.
The signs are getting bleaker for Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea, with the manager's choices continuing to prove costly for the club, while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Manchester United bounced back nicely to answer some questions while advancing to the FA Cup quarterfinals.
Claudio and Danielle Reyna experienced tragedy upon the death of their son, Jack, but his memory and legacy endure and are carried on in part by another son and U.S. youth national team standout, Giovanni.
Until its unlikely run, scrappy Chapecoense was an afterthought in Brazilian soccer. But what should have been its magical moment turned into a national tragedy, and now the survivors are struggling to carry on.
Lizandro Claros Saravia was just keeping ICE apprised of his college soccer scholarship. Days later, he and his brother were deported to El Salvador and have continued picking up the pieces of their lives in Nicaragua.