By Giovanni Savarese
Last week was supposed to be the big day for American soccer, when a Major League Soccer team finally won in Mexico. Now, are even better days ahead?
The winless streak in Mexico was a curse many American fans thought Real Salt Lake would break a year ago when it led Cruz Azul 3-1 with just over 15 minutes to go at Esatadio Azul in Mexico City, but ended up losing 5-4.
This time, FC Dallas achieved the long-awaited victory on August 17, beating Pumas 1-0 at Estadio Universitario on a lone goal from Honduran Marvin Chavez.
Only a week later, Seattle match Dallas' feat, and this time against the defending CONCACAF champion Monterrey Rayados.
Once more, it was a lone goal, by Uruguayan Alvaro Fernandez in the 38th minute.
This edition of the CONCACAF Champions League seems like the one where records will be broken when it comes to MLS teams.MLS clubs from the United States have won seven of eight Group Stage matches, drawn the other, and all lead their respective groups.
This comes roughly a year after Real Salt Lake became the first MLS team win a group.
Unlike their Mexican, and several of their Central American counterparts, the four U.S. MLS teams in Champions League have four best records in their domestic league.
Group A is led by the LA Galaxy after a victories at The Home Depot Center over Honduras' Motagua and Alajuelense of Costa Rica.
While Santos and Pumas go with youth or second-choice lineups, Bruce Arena has, for the most part, used his usual starting XI. David Beckham was instrumental in both goals, Omar Gonzalez's in the 38th minute and Chad Barrett's in the 77th minute, helping the Galaxy maintain the form it has shown in MLS, where it has lost only three of 26 games.
Group B is led by Colorado, which has four points after beating Metapan 4-2 at home, and coming within three minutes of second win at Real Espana. Instead, it settled for a 1-1 draw in a game that the Hondurans dominated.
FC Dallas has been the most impressive of all the MLS teams, winning twice on the road to lead Group C.
The group also includes MLS' Toronto FC, which is second with three points after beating Tauro of Panama in its opening game.
After beating Pumas for its historic win, FC Dallas travelled to Toronto on Wednesday and prevailed under difficult circumstances.It took two attempts to beat Toronto.
In the first try, Dallas, who in my mind play the best soccer in MLS, dominated for 45 minutes and scored on a brilliant touch by Jackson Goncalves.But lightning forced the game to abandoned, and then replayed 12 hours later, where Dallas won again 1-0 on a goal by Jack Stewart.
Despite signs all pointing in MLS' direction, we can't escape the reality there is still much to play.Four rounds remain in the Group Stage. However, what is here to stay is the fact the two MLS teams in only two weeks did what seemed to be impossible: win on Mexican soil.