By TRAVIS CLARK
After a two week hiatus for the U.S. Open Cup Final and to accommodate the international break, CONCACAF group play resumes this evening with the third matchday. D.C. United is the only MLS club in action, and have plenty of work cut out for them if they plan on making any inroads in the competition. Already 0-7-1 in Champions League, if they're going to get a result, tonight is the night for it.
They face San Juan Jabloteh, last season's champions of the Trinidad & Tobago domestic league. San Juan has an identical 0-2 record, and with the way things are looking for D.C. this could be a battle for the club to avoid last place.
For D.C. United, the question is how seriously the club want to take the competition. From the looks of their travel roster, it's a younger, reserve-heavy side of just 16 players. Bill Hamid, recent academy signing took the trip. Hamid isn't eligible for league player this season, but
While a result certainly isn't out of question for tonight, they have plenty of work to be done if they want to finish in the top half of their group.
Elsewhere in tonight's CONCACAF Champions League, Cruz Azul face Puerto Rico in a rematch of last season's semifinal. The Islanders have thus far failed to recreate the dream run of last season, dropping their first two games to Columbus and Saprissa. Finally, the last match of the evening takes play to Group A, as Metapan face Arabe Unido.
What do you think of tonight's Champions League games? Can D.C. get it done on the road? Or should they just forget the competition and rest up for a playoff run? Share your thoughts below.