TORONTO – Paul Mariner has no illusions. Toronto FC face a stern challenge in the CONCACAF Champions League.
“It’s going to be difficult for us, but we’ll give it our best shot,” Toronto FC’s head coach told MLSsoccer.com last Friday. “It‘s a very tough draw.”
El Real Salt Lake viajó el pasado sábado a tierras de Costa Rica para afrontar el inicio de su segunda participación internacional en la Liga de Campeones de la Concacaf. El representativo de Utah busca la revancha del subcampeonato conseguido en la edición 2010-2011, iniciando el Grupo 2, este martes a las 10 pm ET, en el nuevo Estadio Nacional frente al Club Sport Herediano.
TUKWILA, Wash. — The new CONCACAF Champions League format was designed mostly to limit travel. While the Seattle Sounders are cutting down on last year’s total mileage of about 25,000 – the team is making two fewer trips – the 15,000 miles ahead of them are still daunting.
For their first road game on Aug. 30 against Trinidad’s Caledonia AIA, the Sounders face a more than 8,500-mile round trip.
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SANDY, Utah – Real Salt Lake already have a tough task in facing Western Conference contenders Vancouver Whitecaps at Rio Tinto Stadium on Friday night (9 pm ET, watch LIVE online). And compounding the difficulty is the fact the team opens its CONCACAF Champions League play in Costa Rica a few short days later.
GUADALAJARA, Mexico – After a loan deal to Atlante over the summer fell through, Jonathan Bornstein’s short-term future south of the border is set.
“I’m staying at Tigres,” Bornstein told MLSsoccer.com by phone from Monterrey on Monday. “I can’t go anywhere else in Mexico [due to league rules], so I’ll start the season and see where it goes from there.”
As of Thursday morning, the Seattle Sounders are beating their chests like silverback gorillas, rightly boasting of the unique opportunity before them to make history.
No team in the 98-year history of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup has won four straight titles, and the Sounders can become the first to do so if they get past Sporting Kansas City on Aug. 8.
The field is finally set for the 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League and on Friday, CONCACAF released the schedule for this year's group stage.
Real Salt Lake will kick off MLS participation in the tournament when they travel to Costa Rica to face Herediano on July 31. Toronto FC host Águila of El Salvador while Seattle host Calendonia AIA of Trinidad and Tobago later in the round.
Along with Caledonia, W Connection (also of Trinidad and Tobago) and NASL outfit Puerto Rico Islanders qualified to the tournament from the group stages.
TORONTO – Toronto FC played well for one-and-a-half games against Mexico’s Santos Laguna in their CONCACAF Champions League semifinal earlier this year, but it wasn’t enough – a four-goal barrage in the second half of the second leg condemned the Reds to a 7-3 aggregate loss.
Turns out, they will have a shot at revenge earlier than they might have imagined. On Tuesday, Toronto were drawn into Group 1 of the 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League alongside the reigning Mexican champions and Salvadoran outfit CD Águila.
CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy learned their fate for the new-look CONCACAF Champions League group phase on Tuesday, but don't look for them to be offering any conclusions about it quite yet.
What is known is that the team will have little margin for error in its trips to El Salvador and the Caribbean if it is to replicate last year's group-stage success.
But is the draw that grouped them with Isidro Metapán of El Salvador and a to-be-determined Caribbean side a kind one or a challenging one?