UPDATE 6:58 p.m. (Wed.) — Santos Laguna has eliminated Houston to set up a semifinal with Sounders FC. Check out the schedule below. And here’s a quote you’ll see a lot in the next few weeks: “We’ve got a score to settle with Santos,” Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid.
UPDATE 1:22 a.m. (Wed.) — Defending CCL champion Monterrey of Mexico and Sounders FC were the first two teams into the semifinals, which will be played April 2-4 and 9-11.
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CONCACAF Champions League semifinals
Sounders FC vs. Santos Laguna, TBD
LA Galaxy vs. Monterrey, TBD
Santos Laguna vs. Sounders FC, TBD
Monterrey vs. LA Galaxy, TBD
CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals
Tuesday, March 5
Houston Dynamo (USA) 1, Santos Laguna (MEX) 0
Wednesday, March 6
Xelaju (GUA) 1, Monterrey (MEX) 3
Tigres UANL (MEX) 1, Sounders FC (USA) 0
Thursday, March 7
Herediano (CRC) 0, LA Galaxy (USA) 0
Tuesday, March 12
Monterrey (MEX) 1, Xelaju (GUA) 1 — Monterrey advance 4-2 on aggregate
Sounders FC (USA) 3, Tigres UANL (MEX) 1 — Sounders FC advances 3-2 on aggregate
Wednesday, March 13
Santos Laguna (MEX) 3, Houston Dynamo (USA) 0, Santos Laguna advances 3-1 on aggregate
LA Galaxy (USA) 4, Herediano (CRC) 1, LA Galaxy advances 4-1 on aggregate
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Sounders FC is gearing up for a CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal against top Mexican team Tigres UANL — and you can check out coach Sigi Schmid’s thoughts on the matchup in a previous post — but two other MLS teams will be in action, as well.
MLS Cup finalists Los Angeles and Houston will be taking on Costa Rica’s Herediano and Mexico’s Santos Laguna, respectively, in there own CCL quarterfinals.
The Dynamo get things started tonight as MLS seeks its first winner of the tournament. MLS commissioner Don Garber called the league’s success in CCL as “very important” when chatting with reporters at halftime of Saturday’s season opener.
“We have to do better in the Champions League,” Garber said. “I think the opportunity for an MLS team to win the Champions league in this region and go to a World Club Championship and compete against some of the best clubs in the world is an important goal. It’s something that we are pushing our clubs to be mindful of and hope that they would take that tournament — which I think is much better managed with the new leadership at CONCACAF — far more seriously than some clubs have taken it in the past.”
I’ll post the CCL quarterfinal schedule below, but first, here’s a reminder of how things shaped up after the group stage.
|1. Monterrey (Mexico)||4-0-0 (12 pts.)||+15 GD (15/0)|
|2. Santos Laguna (Mexico)||4-0-0 (12 pts.)||+12 GD (13/1)|
|3. Seattle Sounders FC (USA)||4-0-0 (12 pts.)||+7 GD (12/5)|
|4. LA Galaxy (USA)||3-0-1 (10 pts.)||+8 GD (12/4)|
|5. Herediano (Costa Rica)||3-0-1 (10 pts.)||+3 GD (4/1)|
|6. Tigres UANL (Mexico)||2-0-2 (8 pts.)||+9 GD (12/3)|
|7. Houston Dynamo (USA)||2-0-2 (8 pts.)||+6 GD (9/3)|
|8. Xelaju (Guatemala)||2-1-1 (7 pts.)||+1 GD (7/6)|