The CONCACAF Champions League group stage kicks off tonight with Toronto FC the first of four MLS teams vying for a place in the knockout rounds.
Real Salt Lake, Columbus and Seattle are all still alive in the 16-team field. Though the Los Angeles Galaxy was sent packing by the Puerto Rico Islanders, MLS will still be well represented.
Toronto FC takes on Cruz Azul tonight (8pm, Telefutura/Galavision), while the Columbus Crew opens group play on Wednesday against CD Municipal (8pm, Fox Soccer Channel). Real Salt Lake also opens on Wednesdy night, against Arabe Unido (10pm, Fox Soccer Channel). The Seattle Sounders make their group stage debut on Thursday against CD Marathon (10pm, Fox Soccer Channel).
In case you missed it, here is a piece I wrote for Fox Soccer on MLS and the CONCACAF Champions League, which includes the fact that no MLS team has reached the final of the Champions Cup or Champions League since the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2000.
Here's a rundown of the groups MLS teams will be competing in, and yes, Real Salt Lake and Toronto FC have been placed in the same group:
Group A– Real Salt Lake, Arabe Unido, Cruz Azul, Toronto FC
Group B– Columbus Crew, CD Municipal, Santos Laguna, Joe Public
Group C– Monterrey, Saprissa, Seattle Sounders, CD Marathon
Group D– Toluca, Olimpia, Puerto Rico Islanders, CD FAS
What do you think of the MLS team's chances in the Champions League? Can you see Real Salt Lake or Columbus (or Seattle) making a deep run? Still trying to figure out how the Galaxy got eliminated?
Share your thoughts below.