Preview: DC United, Montreal back in CONCACAF Champions League action
After Sporting Kansas City drew on the road and the Portland Timbers bagged their first CONCACAF Champions League win as a franchise on Tuesday, two more Major League Soccer teams are in continental action on Wednesday.
D.C. United host Jamaican outfit Waterhouse FC in DCU’s opening game of the 2014-15 competition, while Montreal travel to El Salvador to play FAS.
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The reigning U.S. Open Cup champions. D.C. United, are exceeding everyone’s expectations this season in MLS as they have been in the upper echelons of the Eastern conference despite finishing rock bottom of MLS in 2013. As for their CCL opponents, Waterhouse beat Honduran side Tauro in their CCL opener on Aug. 7 and are top of Group 4 as they head to RFK stadium full of confidence. D.C. last competed in the CCL back in 2009-10 and Ben Olsen’s side will be looking to start off on the right foot and carry on their recent good form after winning five of their last season MLS matches.
The Montreal Impact travel to El Salvador to play Club Deportivo Futbolistas Asociados Santanecos, commonly known as FAS. The Impact beat FAS 1-0 earlier this month thanks to a Marco Di Vaio strike at Stade Saputo. Montreal are top of Group 3 ahead of FAS and MLS rivals New York Red Bulls.
A win in San Salvador on Wednesday would go a long way to securing the Impact’s passage to the knockout round. Montreal, led by underfire boss Frank Klopas, recorded their first win in eight MLS games by beating the Chicago Fire 1-0 last weekend. Prior to that win, they had lost seven-straight matches. Klopas will be hoping that success in CCL action could aid Montreal’s progression in league play, considerably.