Preview of MLS teams in CCL Matchday 5 action
Montreal Impact v Heredia
After starting their CONCACAF Champions League Group 5 campaign with a 1-0 success over fellow MLS side the San Jose Earthquakes Montreal have suffered two consecutive losses including in the reverse match in Guatemala against their opponents here when they conceded a single goal late on. Currently propping the table up they know only a win will assure them any chance of progressing to the knock-out stage as in this three team group they are the first to complete their slate of games. The equation for the visitors is straight forward either a win or even a draw would see them through in their very first CCL experience as they have taken advantage of playing their first two games on home soil to register maximum points.
Houston Dynamo v W Connection
The Dynamo go into this encounter against the basement side knowing a win would take them to the top of the Group 1 and put their destiny in their own hands when they travel to face present Group leaders Arabe Unido in Panama at the end of next month. Although never easy to quickly adapt to conditions in Trinidad & Tobago the hosts might regret only getting a scoreless draw in the first meeting between the two squads. That continues to still be the only point Connection has picked up after losing 3-1 in Panama and 2-0 at home in their games against Unido as their competition ends again with them not have advanced out of the Group stages.
Cartagines v LA Galaxy
After sweeping all before them in their two Group 8 home encounters the Galaxy hit the road for the first time with a trip to Costa Rica knowing a draw will see them safely through to the Quarter Finals for yet another year. When the two sides met in California in August two second-half strikes from captain Robbie Keane saw them home. Cartagines in their first CCL campaign have at least had some success the highlight being a 4-2 success away in El Salvador against Isidro Metapán and if they can somehow beat LA their adventure may continue but they would have to rely a LA’s generosity as this is their final group game.
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