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By ADAM SERRANO
ALAJUELA, Costa Rica –The Los Angeles Galaxy find themselves locked in a three-team dog fight for the final two places atop the CONCACAF Champions League's Group A.
With Alajuelense, Morelia, and the Galaxy currently tied at six points apiece, the Galaxy's match in Costa Rica may prove decisive if the MLS club is to qualify for the knockout rounds.
On Wednesday (10 p.m., Fox Soccer Channel/Galavision), the Galaxy will have their opportunity to distance themselves from Alajuelense, who currently sit third in the group table, and any away points that can be had at the Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto would be vital.
"If we win or even get a point from this game, it will go a long way towards qualifying," said Galaxy captain Landon Donovan. "When you play a round-robin like this, any time you get a point on the road, it's getting a point and taking points away, so it's crucial. That’s why the Mexico result hurt, but we’re fine. This is a team [Alajuelense] that we now know pretty well."
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As the U.S. men's national team continues its winless stretch, the team keeps tumbling down the FIFA rankings.
The United States is No. 31 in the latest rankings, down three spots after losses to Costa Rica and Belgium earlier this month. Spain recaptured the top spot from the Netherlands, who falls to No. 2 after a one-month stay atop the world and two victories in European championship qualifying.
Mexico is the highest-ranking CONCACAF team in the world at No. 20, and Egypt, which is getting set to officially introduce Bob Bradley as its head coach, comes in at No. 36.
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Perhaps no point better illustrates how enigmatic the New York Red Bulls' season has been other than the fact that the team could still conceivably win the Eastern Conference or finish outside of the playoff picture altogether.
The star-studded, high-priced Red Bulls were pretty much left for dead prior to last weekend, but the club's 1-0 victory over FC Dallas has breathed new life into the team's hopes. With six games remaining in the regular season, New York trails first-place Columbus by five points, but has a game in hand.
The Red Bulls are also level with the Portland Timbers for the 10th and final playoff spot (owning the advantage via goal differential) but are just two points clear of D.C. United, who has two games in hand on New York, for that final berth.
Much will be cleared up this week after New York's games against Real Salt Lake and Portland, with the first of those two being played Wednesday night. The Red Bulls finish the season with games against Toronto, Los Angeles, Sporting Kansas City and Philadelphia.
Given all of that, where do you think the Red Bulls will finish the regular season? Cast your vote after the jump:
The University of Maryland's perfect start is a thing of the past.
Using a defense-first mentality, Seton Hall held the nation's No. 1 team (Fox Soccer/SBI) to a 0-0 draw in New Jersey Tuesday night.
Maryland outshot Seton Hall 23-6 and had a 13-0 edge in corner kicks, but the Terrapins (7-0-1) couldn't break through and were held to less than two goals for the first time all season.
New York Red Bulls academy player Keith Cardona earned his first start in goal for Maryland and came up with one save to earn the clean sheet. His counterpart, Mario DeClarico, made four saves to post the impressive shutout for Seton Hall (3-2-2).
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By ALAN LEDBETTER
With only five weeks left, now is the time to use your remaining transfers and prepare for a strong ending to the fantasy season. With six teams playing two games this week, there are plenty of fantasy points up for grabs.
Los Angeles continued its strong form last week, putting together a very strong performance against Vancouver. Most of their players are at the top of the standings in fantasy points and are great players to play week-in and week-out considering the amount of wins and goals L.A. puts up.
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By DAVID GUBALA
Toronto FC entered Tuesday's CONCACAF Champions League match with a must-win mentality, looking to rebound from a heavy 4-0 defeat at Pumas last Sunday. A regular starting XI featured for Aron Winter's side with hopes of a post group-stage round still remaining well alive.
Danny Koevermans continued to display his red-hot form for Toronto FC, and his 40th-minute goal was just enough for the Reds to defeat Tauro FC, 1-0, and earn three vital points in Group C Tuesday night at BMO Field.
With a 2-2 record in group play, Toronto FC currently sits in second place on six points with both wins coming against the Panamanian side.
The two teams played a rather even first half until the dismantling Dutch striker broke the deadlock.
By JASON MITCHELL
SEATTLE – The Seattle Sounders went into Tuesday night's CONCACAF Champions League match boasting a perfect record in group play, but badly needing rest for a squad feeling the fatigue of a full fixture list. With that in mind, the Sounders trotted out a team of mostly reserves to try and keep their group stage record undefeated.
It wasn't enough.
A bit of set-piece brilliance and a stellar night in the net for goalkeeper Daniel Cambronero were just enough for CS Herediano to escape Seattle with a 1-0 win in CONCACAF Champions League group play Tuesday night.
Herediano (1-3) earned a free kick from about 25 yards out in the midst of an open but disjointed first-half featuring a only a smattering of chances for either side. Midfielder Yosimar Arias sent the ball over Seattle’s four-man wall and past Keller’s outstretched hands to put the visitors up 1-0 in the 25th minute.
“It was a good free kick,” said Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid, “Arias hit it well. I didn’t think our wall jumped, but he still hit the free kick well.”
It's a make-or-break night in the CONCACAF Champions League for Toronto FC. If TFC can't come up with a home victory over Panamanian side Tauro FC at BMO Field, then the Reds face an extremely difficult uphill battle in their remaining two Group C games. A win, however, would put Toronto in a decent spot moving forward.
Seattle, meanwhile, can improve to 4-0 in CCL play and potentially clinch a spot in the knockout stage by taking care of business against Herediano for the second time in as many weeks. After claiming a victory in Costa Rica last week, the Sounders welcome their opponents to the boisterous CenturyLink Field. Here is the viewing schedule for the night's CCL matches:
8 p.m. – Fox Soccer Channel/CONCACAF.com stream – Toronto FC vs. Tauro FC
8 p.m. – Telefutura/CONCACAF.com stream – Monterrey vs. Comunicaciones
10 p.m. – Fox Soccer Channel/Telefutura/CONCACAF.com stream – Seattle Sounders vs. Herediano
If you will be watching any of Tuesday's CONCACAF Champions League matches, please feel free to share any thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below. Enjoy the action.