The 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League group stage drew to a close on Thursday night, and the three MLS sides that advanced learned their quarterfinal opponents.
The LA Galaxy's 3-2 win over Isidro Metapán booked them a favorable quarterfinal series with Costa Rican outfit Herediano, who eliminated Real Salt Lake with a 0-0 draw at Rio Tinto Stadium on Tuesday evening.
Teen striker Jack McBean provided two leads and Michael Stephens netted a late winner as the LA Galaxy got what they needed on Thursday night, a 3-2 triumph at Isidro Metapán that secured the No. 4 seed for the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals.
SEATTLE – As good as the forward combination of Fredy Montero and Eddie Johnson has been in league play, the David Estrada-Sammy Ochoa partnership might be just as promising in non-league competition.
The two backups each scored for the Sounders during a 3-1 win over Marathón on Wednesday, giving them a combined 15 goals in all competitions this season. Nine of those goals have come outside of league play, with six coming in CONCACAF Champions League alone.
SANDY, Utah – When Real Salt Lake were stunningly undone in the finals of the CONCACAF Champions League in May of last year, they went into an extended funk. Tuesday's CCL elimination at the hands of Herediano may not sting quite that badly, but the Claret-and-Cobalt refuse to fall into the same trap this time around.
"Well I guess there's only one thing left to do ... win the whole [effing] thing."
– Jake Taylor, Major League
If you remember the 1989 classic like I do, you know the scene well. The ragtag but plucky Cleveland Indians had just been informed they were constructed as a band of misfits in order to be so bad, the owner would be able to move the team. It became a rallying point for The Tribe. And may or may not have been where Charlie Sheen got the idea of “tiger blood.”
Victory in Thursday night's CONCACAF Champions League group finale at Isidro Metapán will give the LA Galaxy an optimal quarterfinal seeding. Defeat could be disastrous (10 pm ET, Fox Soccer).
So don't tell them this one doesn't matter.
Sporting Kansas City have done it again.
For the second season in a row, SKC finished atop the Eastern conference after a 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Union on Wednesday night in their final regular-season match. Watch the highlights and celebrations here.