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Champions League

Preview of MLS Teams Playing in CCL Match-day 4

September 17

Sporting Kansas City V Real Esteli

After two away wins in their opening couple of CONCACAF Champions League Group 2 encounters Sporting go into this game knowing another win should see them through to the Quarter Finals. When these two teams met in the opening round of games in Nicaragua goals from Ike Opara and Dom Dwyer saw them home. The visitors are still pointless going into their third game as they also lost 1-0 to the other team in this Group Olimpia of Honduras, also on home ground, to leave them at the foot of the table, so they really are in the last chance saloon if they have any chance of progressing further in this competition.


San Jose Earthquakes V Montreal Impact

Despite winning by a solitary goal from Hassoun Camara in their opening Group 5 game when these two teams met on Match-day 1 in Canada Montreal could not carry that form on to their second encounter as they lost to a very late goal in Guatemala against Heredia, having played more than half the game with only ten men after Adrian Lopez Rodriguez had being sent-off, to leave them sitting in second going into the second half of their campaign. San Jose also lost their second game against Heredia by a single goal so a win is certainly needed in this encounter if their maiden venture into the CCL is not going to end very early.


September 18

LA Galaxy V Isidro Metapan

Due to the fact that there is only three teams in a group the Galaxy have only played one previous game of their Group 8 schedule. That was in match-day 2 when they hosted the other team in this league Cartagines of Costa Rica who they defeat comfortably 2-0 with a brace from captain Robbie Keane. Having to finish with two road games means even a win here will not guarantee a Quarter Final place but it will go along way to making sure that their destiny is in their own hands. Metapan have played their first two games against the Costa Rican team and lost the first game 4-2 at home then got a 0-0 draw in the return game to currently prop up the standings so a victory is paramount here for them if they have hopes of progressing in this tournament.