MLS Enters CCL Play Tonight

MLS Enters CCL Play Tonight

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On July 27, 2010
  • 0 Comments
  • 2010/11 CCL, CONCACAF Champions League

Tomorrow night may be a big night for the league world-wide with the MLS All-Star game against Manchester United in Houston but regionally tonight (and even tomorrow) are bigger than that lone exhibition/friendly/pointless affair.

Three MLS clubs enter CONCACAF Champions League play-in round games tonight and tomorrow. All three games are on MLS soil and are big ones for the league. So far in the short history of the CCL, MLS teams are 1-4 in play-in games. A reputation that needs to change tonight in LA and Toronto and tomorrow night in Seattle.

We’ve heard recently how MLS clubs are wanting to take this tournament serious so the talk will end tonight when Toronto and LA take the field in their games.

Below is a short preview of each game.

Toronto FC vs. C.D. Motagua (HON) at BMO Field, 7pm CT

In some ways tonight’s game is a do-or-die kind of game for Reds fans. Last year’s exit in the preliminary rounds left a sour taste in their mouths, one that still stinks today even from what some are saying.

Motagua won’t be easy though even with Toronto’s stellar home record as of late. They field five players who started for Honduras in the World Cup last month and will easily be the toughest test of the three MLS sides in this round of the competition.

Tonight’s game is a must for the Reds. They’ll want to get out ahead early and ride their defense the rest of the way out to move on here. They do have a bit of luck on their side as Motagua is in their pre-season still and could be a little off form in this one. They’ll need to rely on that hope to get a result tonight.

WVH Prediction: Toronto 2, Motagua 1

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LA Galaxy vs. Puerto Rico Islanders (USSF-2) at The Home Depot Center, 9pm CT

In some ways LA got a good draw but in other ways it could be tricky given the way the Islanders play in big games. Thankfully for the league’s best side they get a visitor that has been horrible in road play so far this season and one that will be making the long treck to the west coast.

LA is taking this one serious though. Bruce Arena’s comments earlier this week prove that when he said this is first in his mind and the All-Star game is secondary. He also said he wants his side to win comfortably so I’d imagine we’ll see most of the main starters in this one tonight.

That’s a great thing to hear as the Galaxy should really have problems with the Islanders. Even if they play big they still lack the talent to match up with LA here.

WVH Prediction: LA 2, Puerto Rico 0

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Seattle Sounders FC vs. Metapan (El Salvador) Wednesday at Quest Field, 9pm CT

Another MLS team that is said to be taking this very seriously (have you seen their ad campaign for this game yet, its genius). The Sounders must come out and take full advantage of their crowd and field in this one. Metapan will likely sit back and go for the draw in this one.

Seattle is coming off a hard-earned win over the Colorado Rapids this past Sunday. Their fitness will likely become a factor in this one depending on who Sigi Schmid fields in this one.

As long as the Sounder defense doesn’t screw things up for them and give up a soft goal, they should win this one.

WVH Prediction: Seattle 2, Metapan 1

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