Feb 19, 2013, 11:43 AM EDT
We make a big deal when talented American players get into the UEFA Champions League because … well, because UCL is a big deal.
But Copa Libertadores is a pretty big deal, too.
So we should pay some attention as a couple of Americans make a long trip to Colombia to open group play in South America’s prestigious club tournament.
U.S. international defender Edgar Castillo and promising young attacker Joe Corona (pictured, playing for U.S. national team) play for newly crowned Liga MX champion Club Tijuana. They meet Colombian champion Millonarios tonight in Bogota (7:30 p.m. ET tonight on FOX Deportes) in a huge match for the once-obscure club with increasingly big ambition.
The Mexican club’s opposition in Copa Libertadores group play includes Millonarios, reigning South American and Club World Cup champion Corinthians and Bolivian runner-up San Jose.
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