Preview: Sounders FC returns to Champions League play at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Herediano of Costa Rica. However, Los Angeles and Colorado go back into CONCACAF play tonight, with both games shown live on Fox Soccer.
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Five MLS clubs resume CONCACAF Champions League action this week.
In Group A, the LA Galaxy lead the group with 6 points after two home wins, ahead of their trip to face Mexico’s Monarcas Morelia tonight. The Colorado Rapids lead the Group B with 4 points and host Mexico’s Santos Laguna tonight.
On Wednesday, FC Dallas put their perfect record in Group C on the line when they entertain Panama’s Tauro FC, while Toronto FC travel to Mexico to take on Pumas. In Group D, Seattle Sounders FC look to make it three wins in three games when they go to Costa Rica to meet Club Sport Herediano.
This week’s schedule (all games broadcast on FOX Soccer):
Tuesday Monarcas Morelia (Mexico) vs. LA Galaxy, 5 p.m. Colorado Rapids vs. Santos Laguna (Mexico), 7 p.m.
Wednesday FC Dallas vs. Tauro FC (Panamá), 5 p.m. Pumas UNAM (Mexico) vs. Toronto FC, 5 p.m. CS Herediano (Costa Rica) vs. Seattle Sounders FC, 7 p.m.
Meanwhile, here's a CONCACAF-provided capsule on Sounders' opponent Herediano:
CS HeredianoFounded: 1921City: Heredia, Costa RicaStadium: Estadio Eladio Rosabal Cordero (match to be played at Estadio Alejandro Morerra Soto in Alajuela)Manager: Alejandro GiuntiniQualification method: Costa Rican Invierno runner-upPrevious CONCACAF Champions League appearances: 1 (2009-2010)Honors: Costa Rican league - 21 (1921, 1922, 1924, 1927, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1935, 1937, 1947, 1948, 1951, 1955, 1961, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1985, 1987, 1992-93).Official website: http://www.herediano.com/
One of the oldest soccer teams in Costa Rica, Herediano returns for a second try in the CONCACAF Champions League. It qualified for this season's tournament by finishing runner-up in the Invierno season and having a better record than Verano runner-up San Carlos over both seasons. It has won the third most league titles in Costa Rican history (21) behind Saprissa (29) and fellow qualifier Alajuelense (26). It was eliminated in the Preliminary Round last time out by two-time CCL runner-up Cruz Azul, but advanced to the 2011 Group Stage by defeating Alpha United of Guyana, 10-2 on aggregate. The club was formed when three Heredian provincial clubs, Club Sport Renacimiento, Club Sport Juan J. Flores and Club Sports Cristobal Colon merged to form Herediano. The club qualified for the old CONCACAF Champions Cup six times, advancing as far as one step from the final in 1989, when it lost to eventual champion Pumas UNAM 6-2 on aggregate. Rojiamarillos overwhelmed Guayana's Alpha United in the preliminary stage by an aggregate of 10-2. Jorge Barbosa scored four of those goals but Herediano has yet to hit the mark in the group stage, losing 5-0 at home to Monterrey and 2-0 away to Comunicaciones. However in domestic play Herediano is on the rise, last week winning twice, including 4-nil at home over leader Alajuelense on Saturday. Rojiamarillos are now 5-2-2 and stand second in the table. Olman Vargas Lopez has scored four goals.