DC United and LA Galaxy crash out of Champions League

Published Wednesday, March 2, 2016 9:12 PM by Chris Johnson

Crunch. That was the sound of the LA Galaxy and DC United crashing out of the CONCACAF Champions League last night.  Once again the completely unfair format of the tournament reared its ugly head as the in form, match fit sides from Mexico made short work of the two MLS teams still in their preseason.  

DC United missed chances on the road in their opening leg falling 2-0 at Queretaro. They came home with belief, but that hope was quickly squashed as Angel Sepulveda scored only four minutes into the match at RFK.  The road goal effectively finished the tie before DC United had a chance to cash in at home. DC pulled a goal back late on but fell 3-1 on aggregate.

Meanwhile, the revamped LA Galaxy were getting crushed in Mexico at Santos Laguna 4-0.  Truthfully, it wasn't even that close as the Galaxy were overwhelmed from the opening whistle.  Last week the two teams played a contentious scoreless draw in Los Angeles.  It left pretty much everyone knowing what was coming on the return trip to Santos Laguna.  I had hoped LA would put up a bit of a better fight, but it was not to be as they were basically played off the pitch.  We'll see if the Galaxy can regroup and right the ship for MLS play that begins this weekend.  That kind of whooping could linger.....

The moral of the story is this.  Until the format of the CONCACAF Champions League is altered to allow a more fair playing field this will continue to happen every year.  Pitting the fit and ready sides from Mexico against unfit MLS sides in the middle of their preseason will do nothing but yield lopsided matchups.  I'd love to have seen the LA Galaxy and Santos Laguna square off in midseason form. What a show that would have been.  Instead we got this....