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RSL and Crew to meet in quarterfinals
by Paul Kennedy, November 1st, 2010 5:35PM

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TAGS:  columbus crew, concacaf champions league, mexico, mls, real salt lake

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[CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE] MLS is assured of a team in the semifinals of the Concacaf Champions League for the first time as Real Salt Lake and the Columbus Crew were drawn to face each other in the quarterfinals, scheduled to be played Feb. 22-24 and March 1-3.

The MLS winner will face Olimpia of Honduras or Saprissa of Costa Rica in one semifinal, while the other will be an all-Mexican semifinal.

Four Mexican teams reached the quarterfinals. Cruz Azul, the Champions League runner-up the past two seasons, will face Santos in one quarterfinal, while Monterrey will play Toluca in another.

CONCACAF Champions League
(Home teams listed first)
Quarterfinals
First Leg
February 22-24
Toluca (MEX) vs. Monterrey (MEX)
Cruz Azul (MEX) vs. Santos Laguna (MEX)
Columbus Crew (USA) vs. Real Salt Lake (USA)
Saprissa (CRC) vs. Olimpia (HON)

Second Leg
March 1-3
Monterrey (MEX) vs. Toluca (MEX)
Santos Laguna (MEX) vs. Cruz Azul (MEX)
Real Salt Lake (USA) vs. Columbus Crew (USA)
Olimpia (HON) vs. Saprissa (CRC)

Semifinals
First Leg
March 15-17
Salt Lake-Columbus winner vs. Olimpia-Saprissa winner
Monterrey-Toluca winner vs. Santos-Cruz Azul winner

Second Leg
April 5-7
Olimpia-Saprissa winner vs. Salt Lake-Columbus winner
Santos-Cruz Azul winner vs. Monterrey-Toluca winner

Finals
First Leg
April 19-21
Santos-Cruz Azul/Monterrey-Toluca winner vs. Olimpia-Saprissa/Salt Lake-Columbus winner

Second Leg
April 26-28
Olimpia-Saprissa/Salt Lake-Columbus winner vs. Santos-Cruz Azul/Monterrey-Toluca winner



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  1. Gus Keri
    commented on: November 2, 2010 at 9:44 a.m.
    Paul: Was this draw random? Or did CONCACAF intend to make sure that two clubs from the same country doesn't reach the final game? Actually, it's better this way. It doesn't do well for CONCACAF league championship's popularity to have 4 Mexican teams in the semifinals each year.


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