• Wednesday Aug 07, 2013

    Tripleheader highlights Wednesday CCL action

    Mexico's Club America returns to CONCACAF play on Wednesday for the first time since 2006. (Photo: Mexsport)

     

    MONTREAL, Canada – After an opening evening that saw Toluca defeat Caledonia AIA and Luis Angel Firpo battle Club Tijuana to a scoreless draw, Week One in CONCACAF Champions League (CCL) continues on Wednesday with a tripleheader. 

    The evening starts with an all-MLS tussle as the Impact de Montreal squares off against the San Jose Earthquakes, afterwards Mexico’ Club America – which has won the confederation’s club title a record-tying five times – makes its CCL debut at Sporting San Miguelito.  Also, Real Esteli will welcome Sporting Kansas City to Nicaragua.

    Here’s a glance at tonight’s matches:

    IMPACT DE MONTREAL v SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES (Montreal, Canada – Stade Saputo -- 8 p.m. ET)

    It is the first-ever Champions League meeting between the sides.  Montreal advanced all the way to the quarterfinals of the inaugural CCL, before falling in heartbreaking fashion to Santos 5-4 on aggregate.  San Jose made the long trip east to face a Major League Soccer foe for its first-ever Champions League game.

     

    What to watch for?

    Montreal has three wins and two draws in five all-time CCL home games.  Can it continue that unbeaten streak against a San Jose side that has won three straight MLS games? 

    This is the Earthquakes first foray into CCL play.  Can it use the CONCACAF experience of El Salvador’s Jaime Alas and Honduran Marvin Chavez to its benefit?

     

    SPORTING SAN MIGUELITO v CLUB AMERICA (Panama City, Panama – Estadio Rommel Fernandez -- 10 p.m. ET)

    It is the first-ever CCL meeting between the clubs.  Club America has lifted the CONCACAF club trophy on five occasions, two of them (1977, 1987) before Sporting San Miguelito existed as a club (founded 1989).

     

    What to watch for?

    Sporting San Miguelito jumps into CONCACAF play for the first time against what is arguably the confederation’s most successful club internationally.  How will it manage the magnitude of the occasion? 

    Club America will look to rise once again to the top of the CONCACAF mountain.  It last won the CONCACAF title in 2006, the same year it finished fourth at the FIFA Club World Cup.  Can it make statement in its first game on the road to Morocco?

     

    REAL ESTELI v SPORTING KANSAS CITY (Esteli, Nicaragua – Estadio Independencia – 10 p.m. ET)

    Real Esteli, a CCL veteran, squares off a Sporting Kansas City squad that hasn’t appeared in a CONCACAF club competition since it was called the Kansas City Wizards.

     

    What to watch for?

    Real Esteli has never won a CCL game in eight all-time outings, seven of which were decided by one goal or less. Will its experience in the competition (three previous appearances) make the difference tonight?

     

    Sporting Kansas City played in two CONCACAF Champions Cups (2002, 2005), advancing to the semifinals in 2002, before eliminated by Mexico’s Morelia.  Can it take the next step in the 2013-14 edition of the Champions League?

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