By Steven Goff
And so ends another dreary year for MLS in the CONCACAF Champions League. The last hope, Houston, dropped a 3-0 result to Atlante in Cancun and lost the quarterfinal series on a 4-1 aggregate.
The we’re-at-a-disadvantage-because-it’s-preseason excuse has become tiresome.
American, er, Canadian/Puerto Rico hopes now rest with the USL1’s Impact and Islanders. PR will take a 2-1 lead to Marathon on Wednesday night (8 p.m. ET, Fox Soccer Channel, Galavision) and Montreal will try to protect a 2-0 advantage at Santos Laguna (Thursday, 10 p.m., FSC, Galavision). With Cruz Azul or Pumas set to advance in the fourth pairing, two Mexican clubs are now set for the semifinals. Will the USL clubs survive?