Thursday, March 15, 2012

And the Last Hope for MLS in the Champions League is..

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Toronto FC? Didn't see that one coming. The Seattle Sounders got absolutely obliterated in Mexico by Santos Laguna 6-1, and the plucky Canadians shocked the LA Galaxy 2-1 last night, and as a result they're the last MLS club standing in CONCACAF Champions League play. Winners of the last three Canadian Championships, Toronto has never made the MLS playoffs in their 5 year history, but you wouldn't have been able to guess that watching them play last night. Despite going up against the star-studded Galaxy who took the field with Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane, David Beckham, Edson Buddle, and others, Toronto held their own and as it was in the first leg, they never trailed. In the end it was 24 year old Dutch striker Nick Soolsma who one-timed a cross from Jamaica's Ryan Johnson past Josh Saunders for the game winner sending Toronto through to the semifinals for the first time. There they'll take on a tough Santos squad led by red hot American striker Herculez Gomez who netted three goals in the two games against the Sounders. Reigning champion Monterrey will face the winner of tonight's match between Pumas de la UNAM and El Salvador's Isidro Metapán in the other semifinal. Isidro Metapán currently has a 2-1 aggregate lead.

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