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CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals set

Jan 6, 2014, 7:40 PM EDT

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The LA Galaxy, San Jose Earthquakes and Sporting Kansas all now know exactly when and where they’ll be set up for CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals.

CONCACAF announced all the dates for the upcoming round, as the regional tournament is down to eight finalists, including three from Mexico and the threesome from Major League Soccer. Remember, the pot of gold at the end of this drawn-out rainbow – teams began playing their group stage matches in the middle of last summer – is a spot in FIFA’s Club World Cup. No MLS team has yet made it there.

San Jose will be the first MLS club into action, launching its home-and-away set with Mexico’s Toluca on March 11.

Both of the other MLS clubs get going a night later: Current league champion Sporting Kansas City meets Mexico’s Cruz Azul  and Bruce Arena’s LA Galaxy faces nearby Club Tijuana the same evening. All three MLS clubs, as the lower seeds, get the first match at home.

Here is the complete quarterfinal schedule (home teams listed first):

  • March 10 

Alajuelense (Costa Rica) vs. Deportivo Arabe Unido (Panama)

  • March 11

San Jose Earthquakes vs.Toluca (Mexico)

  • March 12

Sporting Kansas City vs. Cruz Azul (Mexico)

LA Galaxy vs. Club Tijuana (Mexico)

  • March 18

Club Tijuana vs. LA Galaxy

  • March 19

Toluca vs. San Jose Earthquakes

Cruz Azul vs. Sporting Kansas City

  • Thursday, March 20

Deportivo Arabe Unido vs. Alajuelense

  1. jerichowhiskey - Jan 6, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    Are Alajuelense and Arabe Unido heaving a huge sigh of relief or what? Wow, full on Mexican teams at this stage now for MLS.

  2. talgrath - Jan 6, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    All of those look like winnable series for MLS teams, starting at home in the US may help lessen the effect of off-season rust too.

  3. hildezero - Jan 6, 2014 at 10:30 PM

    This is pretty good news for MLS clubs.

  4. tylerbetts - Jan 6, 2014 at 11:29 PM

    Now, if only it got better television coverage …

  5. hildezero - Jan 7, 2014 at 12:35 AM

    @tylerbetts,

    There are. It might not be big networks, but there are enough (two) to watch them.

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