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RSL opens CONCACAF final 2-2 at Monterrey

Postgame: Strong result for Major League Soccer tonight at Real Salt Lake came from behind twice on the road to draw at Monterrey, 2-2.

The aggregate-score series will resolve next Wednesday at Sandy, Utah (and broadcast on FSN). The first tie-breaker is road goals, creating an even better scenario for the MLS club.

More information from the RSL website, and the CONCACAF website.

Pregame: Real Salt Lake will visit Monterrey at 7 tonight in the first of a two-game set for the CONCACAF Champions League championship and the right to represent the region in the FIFA Club World Cup. The match will be shown live on Fox Soccer Channel.

Sounders coach Sigi Schmid was asked today about Monterrey, which beat the Sounders 2-0 and 3-2 during group play.

"Obviously, they’re a good team," he said. "We said when we started in group play last year that we were probably in the toughest group. Two of the four teams: You’ve got one team in the final and one team got knocked out in the semifinal. So I think it shows we were in the toughest group for sure. Monterrey is a difficult place to play. Their stadium is a difficult place to play. We were able to get up on them, but it was a game they didn’t necessarily need to win, so they probably approached the game a little bit differently and sat some players that are very important. But they are a team that probably over the last year and a half in Mexico has been the most consistent team."

Here are some basics from the RSL website:

Having carried the banner for Major League Soccer south to Mexico, Real Salt Lake is ready for its first-ever appearance in the CONCACAF Champions League Finals against another CCL Finals debutante, Mexican powerhouse Monterrey. The two-legged showdown for regional club supremacy will begin this evening at the Estadio Tecnologico in Monterrey, with kickoff set for 8:00 p.m. MT. The two sides will renew acquaintances a week later next Wednesday, April 27 at Rio Tinto Stadium for the second and decisive leg to determine which club will represent CONCACAF in this December’s FIFA Club World Cup.

Following are details on how to keep up with all the red-hot action from sweltering Monterrey this evening:

How to Follow Real Salt Lake at Monterrey (CCL Finals – Leg 1) ■TV: FOX Soccer (English) and TeleFutura (Spanish)

■Online: Live streaming video on CONCACAF.com (free registration required), live updates via Official RSL Twitter Feed (@RealSaltLake), and live chat/MatchCenter on RealSaltLake.com

Here's information from the CONCACAF website.

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