MLS vs. Liga MX: CCL battle royale is set

The LA Galaxy's 1-1 tie against Comunicaciones in Guatemala City set up four MLS-Liga MX clashes in the Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League quarterfinals. The Galaxy had gone ahead on Alan Gordon's goal in the 84th minute, but Rolando Blackburn's goal three minutes into stoppage time evened the score and dropped the Galaxy from the No. 1 to No. 5 seed.

CCL Quarterfinals:
(1) Club America vs. (8) Seattle Sounders
(4) Santos vs. (5) LA Galaxy
(3) Real Salt Lake vs. (6) Tigres
(2) D.C. United vs. (7) Queretaro
First Legs: Feb. 23-25. Second Legs: March 1-3.

The Galaxy will now face Santos of Mexico in its fourth trip to the quarterfinals. The Seattle Sounders have reached the final eight of the regional championship three times, while this is the second trip to the knockout stage for D.C. United and Real Salt Lake, the other two MLS representatives still alive.

Teams are seeded 1-8 based on their record in group play and paired off 1-8, 2-7, 3-6 and 4-5.

October 21 in Guatemala City
Comunicaciones 1 LA Galaxy 1. Goals: Blackburn 90+3; Gordon 84.
Comunicaciones --
Padilla; Figueroa, Lalin, Benitez, Castrillo, Herrarte (Morales 70); Contreras, Del Aguila, de Leon (Marquez 66), Lopez (Herrera 64), Blackburn.
LA Galaxy -- Rowe; Sorto (Gargan 46), Meyer, Romney, Dunivant; Maganto, Vayrynen, Garcia, Mendiola (Husidic 57), Villarreal (Gordon 75), Buddle.

CCL Standings:
Group A -- *Santos (MEX) 9 (12-3); Saprissa (CRC) 6; W Connection (TRI) 3.
Group B -- *Tigres (MEX) 8 (5-3); Herediano (CRC) 5; Isidro Metapan (SLV) 3.
Group C -- *Queretaro (MEX) 7 (11-2); Verdes FC (BLZ) 4, San Francisco (PAN) 3.
Group D -- *LA Galaxy 8 (12-3); Central FC (TRI) 4; Comunicaciones (GUA) 4.
Group E -- *Club America (MEX) 10 (9-2); Motagua (HON) 7; Walter Ferretti (NCA) 0.
Group F -- *Seattle Sounders 7 (6-3); Vancouver Whitecaps 4; Olimpia (HON) 3.
Group G -- *Real Salt Lake 10 (4-1); Municipal (GUA) 4; Santa Tecla (SLV) 2.
Group H -- *D.C. United 10 (9-3); Arabe Unido (PAN) 3; Montego Bay United (JAM) 1.
*Clinched berth in quarterfinals.

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