CONCACAF Champions League: Group 2 preview

CCL Group 2 Preview: Sporting face tough tests in Central American

CCL Group 2

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Group 1 (HOU) | Group 2 (SKC) | Group 5 (MTL, SJ) | Group 8 (LA)

Sporting Kansas City

CONCACAF Champions League: Marvin Chavez likely to return for San Jose Earthquakes in Montreal

Quakes ignoring road woes, say a tie won't do in CCL debut at Montreal

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With a 1-8-2 record away from home this season in MLS play, the San Jose Earthquakes might seem to be put at a disadvantage by a CONCACAF Champions League schedule that begins with two road games.

Yet if the Quakes are going to succeed in CCL play – and also pull themselves back into serious contention for an MLS Cup postseason berth – now might be the perfect time to attack those problems away from home.

CONCACAF Champions League: Montreal Impact DP Hernan Bernardello could debut vs. San Jose

Impact DP Bernardello could make debut in Wed. CCL tilt vs. Quakes

Montreal's Hernan Bernardello and Adrian Lopez

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MONTREAL – A bad bout of flu didn’t stop Hernán Bernardello from inquiring if he could play against Sporting Kansas City on July 27. Now healthy, Montreal’s new defensive midfielder is raring to step onto the field.

CONCACAF Champions League: Group 5 preview

CCL Group 5 Preview: Impact, Quakes set to clash for top spot

CCL Group 5

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Group 1 (HOU) | Group 2 (SKC) | Group 5 (MTL, SJ) | Group 8 (LA)


Montreal Impact

CCL: Sporting KC hit hard by injuries before debut Wednesday, but reserves ready to step up

SKC bit hard by injuries, but reserves ready for CCL debut Wednesday

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As they head into their CONCACAF Champions League opener, Sporting Kansas City's roster seems to get more and more depleted every day.

Fullback Kevin Ellis is the latest scratch for Wednesday's match at Nicaraguan side Real Estelí (10 pm ET, Fox Soccer), manager Peter Vermes told reporters after Monday's training session. Ellis, who has played on both sides this season, has a hip injury and is being evaluated this week.

CONCACAF Champions League: Get the lowdown on the 2013-14 CCL

CCL 101: All you need to know about North America's top club tournament

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It's early August – the All-Star Game has come and gone, European teams' tours are wrapping up, and the playoff race is beginning in earnest. But for five MLS teams, a whole new adventure is getting underway.

Liga Campeones CONCACAF: Clubes de la MLS Inician la batalla por el trono continental

Clubes de la MLS Inician la batalla por coronarse campeones de la Liga Campeones de CONCACAF
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La Liga Campeones de CONCACAF 2013-14 inicia el martes, y cinco clubes de la MLS buscarán coronarse por primera vez en este torneo, en su formato actual, como campeones continentales. Buscarán así terminar la hegemonía de los clubes mexicanos, en un torneo que hasta el momento ha sido evasivo para los de suelo norteamericano, aunque con Real Salt Lake (2010-11) se estuvo muy cerca.

Alessandro Nesta is out, but Montreal Impact won't bring on new signings Lopez, Bernardello too soon

Nesta out for Impact, but team won't rush debuts of López, Bernardello

Alessandro Nesta vs Seattle

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MONTREAL – It had been nearly seven weeks since a change, but the Montreal Impact will have to switch their defensive pieces this weekend.

After a lower body injury prevented Italian defender Alessandro Nesta from training this week, assistant coach Mauro Biello confirmed on Friday morning that Nesta wouldn't be an option as the Impact play the first of seven games in August, this Saturday against D.C. United at RFK Stadium (7:30 pm ET, watch on MLS Live).

LA Galaxy get welcome respite from turbulent season with string of friendlies

No pressure: Galaxy believe string of friendlies can revitalize playoff push

CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy are hovering near .500 in MLS play, alternating stunning displays with woeful last-minute collapses, and face a thicket of games in two competitions over the final two-and-a-half months of the season.

What better time is there for a “break,” one that will send them up against three top European clubs over the space of a week?

That's the Galaxy's take on their International Champions Cup assignment, which begins Thursday night with a match against annual summer foe Real Madrid in Glendale, Ariz.

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