PANAMA CITY, Panama – It's tough to pinpoint the one particular moment when FC Dallas lost control of their CONCACAF Champions League game Wednesday night against Tauro FC.
Both Jair Benítez and Fabián Castillo were shown straight red cards in the second half of a game where referee Marco Rodríguez handed out eight cards, and the FC Dallas defense conceded five goals for the first time since May 2008.
The talk of squad rotation and depth was beginning to sound a little hollow in Colorado as the Rapids have stumbled recently towards the postseason with a series of lackluster performances and disappointing results.
Wednesday night in El Salvador may have changed all that as the reigning MLS Cup champions ran out to a 3-1 victory over CONCACAF Champions League opponents Isidro Metapán.
PANAMA CITY, Panama — The expressions on their faces were of shock, and the body language after conceding the third, fourth and fifth goals displayed disbelief.
For FC Dallas, Wednesday night's 5-3 spanking by Tauro FC in CONCACAF Champions League group play was a rude awakening to their maiden experience in the tournament.
The defeat now leaves Dallas with everything to play for as they host fellow MLSers Toronto FC in a winner-takes-all group finale at Pizza Hut Park on Oct. 18.
CARSON, Calif. – Forgive LA Galaxy players for not believing what had actually happened late in Wednesday’s match against Morelia.
Juninho scored a go-ahead goal in stoppage time against Monarcas, but instead of going into a frenzied celebration, Galaxy players – to a man – did the same thing.
“I stared at [the assistant referee],” Galaxy captain Landon Donovan said after the match. “I turned and was just waiting for him to put [the flag] up, but he didn’t.”
The Colorado Rapids have been desperately looking for that spark of confidence to reignite their faltering season. With a reserve-laden squad traveling to El Salvador, Wednesday night’s CONCACAF Champions League match at Isidro Metapán didn’t seem like a likely rallying cry.
But the Rapids shocked everyone – including possibly even themselves – with a 3-1 victory and gave the defending MLS Cup champions just the lift they needed given an eight-game winless run in all competitions dating back to August 20.
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CARSON, Calif. — Juninho kept the LA Galaxy's CONCACAF Champions League hopes alive with a dramatic match-winner in second-half stoppage time as the Galaxy beat Morelia 2-1 at the Home Depot Center on Wednesday.
The Colorado Rapids pulled off an unlikely 3-1 victory in El Salvador on Wednesday night against Isidro Metapán to keep their CONCACAF Champions league hopes very much alive.
With practically a reserve side, the Rapids bolted into second place in Group B after an upset 3-1 victory at Estadio Jorge Calero Suárez. With the victory, Colorado leapfrogged Metapán into second place in the Group B table with seven points.
PANAMÁ - Un Tauro FC que no había ganado ningún partido en la fase de grupos de la Liga de Campeones de la CONCACAF goleó la noche de este miércoles 5-3 a FC Dallas en el Estadio Rommel Fernandez, registrando así sus primeros tres puntos en la competencia.
Jair Benítez y Fabian Castillo salieron expulsados del encuentro en el segundo tiempo mientras Carlos Rodríguez del Tauro también vio la tarjeta roja en tiempo de descuento cuando ya el partido se había definido.