[CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Week 1] The Concacaf Champions League is set up so the four U.S. teams and four Mexican teams are separated and have a clear path to the quarterfinals, but away wins by Costa Rican clubs Cartagines and Herediano will put the pressure on their idle rivals, the LA Galaxy and Cruz Azul, to match them.
Pablo Herrera's hat trick led Cartagines to a 4-2 win El Salvador's Isidro Metapan in the Group 8 opener. The Galaxy opens CCL play at home against Cartagines on Aug. 20.
Herediano, which finished ahead of Real Salt Lake in last year's group play, cruised past Valencia of Haiti, 6-1, in the Group 3 opener.
CCLWEEK 1: Results
Thursday, August 8
Valencia FC (HAI) 1 Herediano (CRC) 6
Isidro Metapan (SLV) 2 Cartagines (CRC) 4
Arabe Unido (PAN) 3 DIRECTV W Connection (TRI) 1
Wednesday, August 7
Montreal Impact 1 San Jose Earthquakes 0
Sporting San Miguelito (PAN) 0 Club America (MEX) 1
Real Esteli (NCA) 0 Sporting Kansas City 2
Tuesday, August 6
Toluca (MEX) 3 Caledonia AIA (TRI) 1
Luis Angel Firpo (SLV) 0 Tijuana (MEX) 0