While much has been made of Major League Soccer teams' recent success in Mexico and Central America during the CONCACAF Champions League, MLS teams have done fine for themselves on home soil, as well.
None of the five MLS clubs in the tournament has lost to non-MLS opposition at home so far during the CCL group stage, and the Colorado Rapids will look to maintain that streak when they welcome Mexican club Santos Laguna to Dick's Sporting Goods Park (10 p.m., Fox Soccer Channel).
Colorado has a one-point edge over both Isidro Metapan and Santos Laguna atop the Group B table after the first two group-stage matches but is coming off of consecutive losses in league play.
The Rapids will surely gain a boost from the return of defensive anchor Drew Moor, who was forced to miss his first minutes in 69 matches after being suspended (card accumulation) for Colorado's game against the Los Angeles Galaxy over the weekend.
Santos Laguna, meanwhile, is a team in flux after it just hired Benjamin Galindo as its next coach (passing over former U.S. national team coach Bob Bradley in the process). Interim coach Eduardo Rergis is expected to man the sidelines Tuesday night for the club that hasn't won in its last five league matches (0-3-2).
For Colorado to find success it will need to find a way around Panama international centerback Felipe Baloy while on the attack while guarding against the advances of Mexican international striker Oribe Peralta, who scored against the United States in last month's friendly in Philadelphia.
How do you see the Rapids faring against Santos Laguna? Do you think Colorado can win its group?
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MLS clubs have finally “cracked the code” on Mexican teams. There are few occasions in which I cheer for Colorado and this is one. In fact I’d give Mullan the green light on malicious tackles tonight… of course I kid. Good luck Rapids.
Already thanked SBI where I’d asked about this earlier, on another thread. But thanks for thinking of me, Chris. 🙂
That is indeed a good question.
Are you happy RB?
When is Jamie Smith going to return to action for Colorado?