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Mexico’s Monterrey dumped out of FIFA Club World Cup

Dec 14, 2013, 6:43 PM EDT

Morocco Soccer Club World Cup

One day, one swell day, the United States will send a team to FIFA’s Club World Cup.

Real Salt Lake got close three years ago, but it’s been almost an all-Mexico parade of teams that advance to the far-away, exotic locations where this annual club championship takes place.

Whenever a team from MLS (or perhaps even Canada?) does upend the Liga MX domination from our region, whenever an LA Galaxy or a Sporting Kansas City or whomever does finally breach the FIFA Club tourney gate, whenever that is … let’s hope they last longer than Monterrey did this year.

Monterrey, making its third trip to the FIFA Club World Cup, fell Saturday to the home team, Raja Casablanca.

Monterrey had arrived three days earlier, having traveled 24 hours in arriving into Agadir, Morocco.

The Moroccans needed extra time to prevail in the emotional 2-1 achievement, setting a date Atletico Mineiro, the South American champions out of Brazil, in the FIFA Club World Cup semi-finals.

Raja opened Saturday’s scoring, but Jose Basanta’s 53rd minute header was enough to push the game into 30 extra minutes.

(MORE: China’s Guangzhou Evergrande downs Egypt’s Al Ahly in Saturday’s other FIFA match)

  1. corgster - Dec 14, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    The US should bid for this tournament and have it take place in Florida. I think it would be a nice winter distraction.

  2. hildezero - Dec 14, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    Hell na! That would make MLS look bad.

    • jerichowhiskey - Dec 14, 2013 at 9:16 PM

      I think what you meant was, it looks bad when MLS cannot win CCL and enter the CWC.

  3. footballer4ever - Dec 15, 2013 at 12:35 AM

    Good job, Monterrey. You do Concacf proud ;)

  4. hildezero - Dec 15, 2013 at 1:50 AM

    Na. That’s not what I meant. Why are you trying to put words in my mouth, huh?…

  5. jucam1 - Dec 15, 2013 at 4:28 AM

    If you think Monterey looked bad, can you imagine what Sporting KC would look like?… This is a level of teams the MLS isn’t ready for yet.

  6. jmillmac - Dec 16, 2013 at 4:02 AM

    I don’t think it’s too high in the sky to expect an MLS team to beat a Moroccan side. Bayern Munich or a top South American club perhaps, but if we haven’t leap frogged the Moroccan top flight by now, MLS has more serious problems than we think.

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