MLS sides solid with 3 Champions League wins

Published Thursday, August 20, 2015 5:50 PM by Shane Barrow
MLS sides solid with 3 Champions League wins

It was a perfect start this week for the three MLS sides participating in the CONCACAF Champions League.  On Tuesday the LA Galaxy ran wild over an outclassed Comunicaciones from Guatemala.  Comfortably ahead 2-0 at the break, Coach Bruce Arena went for the kill and introduced Robbie Keane to the lineup.  The final score ended 5-0 for the Galaxy and gives them a clear stranglehold on Group D where they sit with two wins and a +9 goal differential.

Both DC United and the Seattle Sounders took the field on Wednesday night.  DC United faced the major test of having to travel south to Panama and face a solid Arabe Unido squad.  It’s always a battle when going on the road in CCL play and DC weathered the storm admirably.  After turning back several quality Arabe scoring chances DC United found the winner in the 84th minute from Miguel Aguilar. Despite being only the opening game of group play, the solid road win puts DC firmly in control of the three team CCL group and favorites to advance.

"We came to get a result,” said assistant coach Chad Ashton. "We do whatever we have to do in order to achieve that. Yes, they were very aggressive, very attack oriented, but even in our own country, against our own league at times on the road we play exactly the same [style], with the idea that we’re going to leave with a result."

The Seattle Sounders had to leave it late to grab their three points as well.  After giving up a first half goal to Honduran side Olimpia the Sounders spent the next hour throwing everything at the visitors goal.  As the 90th minute approached somehow Olimpia still held onto their slim one goal lead.  Everything would change in stoppage time though as the Sounders scored twice to steal the victory to the delight of the home fans.

In the 90th minute a long throw in was inadvertently flicked to the back post by an Olimpia defender leading to an easy close range header from Erik Friberg tying the match.  Only a couple of minutes later the Sounders earned a penalty when Dylan Remick was chopped down.  The call sparked several minutes of confrontations as the Hondurans protested vehemently.  It didn’t phase Brad Evans who stepped up and put home the penalty kick for the 2-1 victory.  

It is an important three points and sets up a showdown between the two teams in Honduras next week that should be a fiery affair for sure.  Group F is still wide open with the Vancouver Whitecaps lurking.