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MLS clubs put perfect record on the line
by Paul Kennedy, August 23rd, 2011 1:02AM
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[CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE] The perfect record of MLS clubs in the Concacaf Champions League won't last long as a week after going 5-0-0 they return to action in Day 2 of group play. The Seattle Sounders and Colorado Rapids take to the road Tuesday for matches in Mexico and Honduras, respectively. MLS clubs Toronto FC and FC Dallas meet in Toronto on Wednesday, while the Los Angeles Galaxy looks to make it two wins in two games at home when it hosts Alajuelense of Costa Rica on Thursday. All eight group games this week will be available on Fox Soccer Channel, Galavision or TeleFutura ...

LA GALAXY-ALAJUELENSE. Los Angeles and Alajuelense both won their opening games, and this shapes up to be a must-win game for the Galaxy in what is arguably the toughest of the four groups. This is Alajuelense's first appearance in the group stage of the Concacaf Champions League. It had won won the old Concacaf Champions Cup in 1986 and 2004.

Group A
PTS TEAM W-T-L +/-
3 LA Galaxy 1-0-0 2/0
3 Alajuelense 1-0-0 1/0
0 Morelia 0-0-1 0/1
0 Motagua 0-0-1 0/2

Schedule:

Aug. 25
10 p.m. ET
Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Alajuelense (C.R.), Fox Soccer Channel
Morelia (Mex.) vs. Motagua (Hond.), TeleFutura

REAL ESPANA-COLORADO RAPIDS. The Rapids traveled to Honduras without starters Matt Pickens, Pablo Mastroeni and Marvell Wynne. Steward Ceus should get his first start of the season in goal in place of Pickens. Real Espana lost its opener at Santos of Mexico, 3-2, after twice coming back from one-goal deficits. It's led by longtime Honduras national team star Carlos Pavon, who played briefly in MLS for the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Group B
PTS TEAM W-T-L +/-

3 Colorado Rapids 1-0-0 3/2
3 Santos 1-0-0 3/2
0 Real Espana 0-0-1 2/3
0 Isidro Metapan 0-0-1 2/3

Schedule:
Aug. 23
10 p.m. ET
Real Espana  (Hond.) vs. Colorado Rapids, Fox Soccer Channel, Galavision
Aug. 24
10 p.m. ET
Isidro Metapan (El Sal.) vs. Santos (Mex.), Galavision

TORONTO FC-FC DALLAS. FC Dallas won in Toronto, 1-0, last month when they met in MLS play. Both are coming off MLS losses over the weekend after winning their Concacaf group openers. TFC had a six-game unbeaten streak in all competitions before falling at Chicago, 2-0, on Sunday. FCD fell at home to Seattle, 1-0. It was playing without suspended defender George John, who has a tentative agreement to join EPL club Blackburn Rovers.

Group C
PTS TEAM W-T-L +/-
3 Toronto FC 1-0-0 2/1
3 FC Dallas 1-0-0 1/0
0 Tauro FC 0-0-1 1/2
0 UNAM 0-0-1 0/1

Schedule:
Aug. 24
8 p.m. ET
Toronto FC vs. FC Dallas, Fox Soccer Channel, Galavision
Aug. 25
8 p.m. ET
Tauro FC (Pan.) vs. UNAM (Mex.), TeleFutura

MONTERREY-SEATTLE SOUNDERS. The Sounders opened with a 4-1 win at home against Comunicaciones, but Tuesday's test will be another matter. They lost twice last fall to Monterrey, which went on to win the Concacaf crown. Seattle coach Sigi Schmid played his reserves when the Sounders traveled to the Estadio Tecnologico and led 2-0 at the half before falling, 3-2. This will be the second of three weeks in a row with two games. Next week Seattle will play the Columbus Crew in the semifinals of the U.S. Open Cup in which it is the two-time defending champion.

Group D
PTS TEAM W-T-L +/-
3 Monterrey 1-0-0 5/0
3 Seattle Sounders 1-0-0 4/1
0 Comunicaciones 0-0-1 1/4
0 Herediano 0-0-1 0/5

Schedule:
Aug. 23
8 p.m. ET
Monterrey vs. Seattle Sounders, Fox Soccer Channel, Galavision
10 p.m. ET
Comunicaciones (Guat.) vs. Herediano (C.R.), Galavision



0 comments
  1. Luis Arreola
    commented on: August 23, 2011 at 10:14 a.m.
    Seattle will lose today.
  1. David Huff
    commented on: August 24, 2011 at 10:30 a.m.
    Que paso Luis? :-)

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