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RSL foe Saprissa has dominated MLS clubs
by Paul Kennedy, March 4th, 2011 12:54AM

TAGS:  concacaf champions league, mls, real salt lake


[CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE] Real Salt Lake will face Saprissa -- a frequent and not so friendly foe of MLS teams -- in the semifinals of the Concacaf Champions League following the Costa Rican club's series victory over Olimpia of Honduras.

Armando Alonso and Luis Diego Cordero scored to give Saprissa a 2-1 victory over Olimpia in Tegucigalpa and go through 3-1 on aggregate.

Real Salt Lake will host  Saprissa in the first leg on March 15 -- the same day as the MLS opener between Seattle and Los Angeles. The second leg will be played on April 5 in San Jose.

Saprissa plays at the Estadio Ricardo Saprissa, where Costa Rica has dominated the USA in World Cup qualifying action.

Saprissa eliminated MLS clubs from the knockout stage of the old Concacaf Champions Cup four times and has lost only two of 14 games to MLS teams

MLS clubs vs. Saprissa
2011: Seattle Sounders 0-2 1-2 (group stage)
2010: Columbus Crew 1-0, 1-1 (group stage)
2009: D.C. United 0-2, 2-2 (group stage)
2008: Houston 0-0, 0-3 (knockout stage)
2006: LA Galaxy 0-0, 2-3 (knockout stage)
2005: Kansas City Wizards 0-0, 1-2 (knockout stage)
2004: Chicago Fire 0-2, 2-1 (knockout stage)

  1. Albert Harris
    commented on: March 4, 2011 at 8:55 a.m.
    Doesn't look good. RSL needs to get a win at Rio Tinto or kiss the tie goodbye.
  1. Joy Hottington
    commented on: March 4, 2011 at 10:35 a.m.
    Also looks like they've only won 7 of the games... so its not quite as 1-sided as it seems, although its a pretty tough series.
  1. David Crowther
    commented on: March 4, 2011 at 1:50 p.m.
    Saprissa may have only won 7 of the 14 games, but they’ve taken 6 out of the 7 home and away series, with Columbus last year being the only exception (and that on one of the flukiest goals I’ve ever seen). Saprissa looked very good last night and should have won by a bigger margin. This is the best I’ve seen them play on the road in years. Of course, they are coming off a couple of very poor seasons in which they didn’t even make the Costa Rican playoffs (the natural result of having sold most of their starting line-up to Europe). Given that Saprissa’s league play this season has also been steadily improving, it seems that all those young players they have are finally coming into their own. But it is still a very young and inexperienced team. Given that RSL also looked very good in beating Columbus, I think this is going to be an interesting series. The key may be if RSL can avoid giving up an away goal in the series opener. And to do that, they are going to have to do a much better job than Olimpia of shutting down Armando Alonso.

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