Tuesday, March 13, 2012

CCL: Most Likely Matchups

Well, we're a day away from the decisive CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal legs; the ones involving MLS teams anyway. We'll have one guaranteed MLS semifinalist and the other MLS side is ahead on aggregate in their series.

But what matchup will we get?

In order of most likely to least likely...

LA Galaxy vs Santos Laguna: Yes, the Sounders lead the series heading into the second leg but Santos are not in an uncomfortable position. A 1-0 win does the trick for the Mexicans.

LA Galaxy vs. Seattle: Having said that... if Seattle can score the first goal, they will instantly put themselves in the driver's seat. An early goal would force Santos to win 3-1 in order to win the series outright, while a 2-1 Santos win would push the series into extra time. The series could come down to who scores the first goal.

Toronto vs. Santos: A Toronto FC victory seemed improbable weeks ago but the Galaxy have shown some flaws, having allowed five goals in two games. If Danny Koevermans is on, anything is possible.

Toronto vs. Seattle. This may not be the most attractive matchup but it would produce an MLS finalist.


Anonymous said...

I see LA & Seattle going through. The Sounders won't let themselves lose at this stage, even in Mexico. As for LA, the league and USSF won't allow them to lose this game despite scheduling them on First Kick Weekend...

East River said...

No did respect..but boy did Seattle prove you wrong.