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CONCACAF Champions League schedule announced for five MLS teams

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Sides from Major League Soccer and Liga MX are about to lock horns once more.

Get excited.

With just over a month until the CONCACAF Champions League group stages begin — yes, you heard that right — the schedule for the five MLS sides in CCL action this year have been announced.

And plenty of focus will be on the all-MLS ties between the San Jose Earthquakes and Montreal Impact.

That tie is in fact the opener on August 7, as the Impact host San Jose at Stade Saputo. With the Earthquakes staying put in Canada for an extended period, as they play against Vancouver in MLS action three days later.

Like I said, get excited.

In seasons gone by, MLS fans have often sneered upon CCL matches. For a variety of reasons the continental cup competition hasn’t quite captured the imagination of US and Canadian fans. For the most part. We all remember Real Salt Lake’s fairytale run to the final back in 2010.

But with so many MLS teams involved this year, hopefully that tide of optimism will return. Major League Soccer should definitely focus on success in CCL before thinking about entering competitions such as the Copa Libertadores.

Some people think MLS should jump straight into South America’s premiere club competition. But until MLS conquers the CONCACAF Champions League, those plans should be placed well and truly on the back burner.

So here they are, check out the schedule and plan your CCL trips accordingly.

Sporting Kansas City

  • 8/7 at Real Estelí FC; 10 pm ET, Estadio Independcia, Estelí, Nicaragua
  • 8/27 at CD Olimpia; 10 pm ET, Estadio Tiburcio Carias Andino, Tegucigalpa, Honduras
  • 9/17 vs. Real Estelí FC; 8 pm ET, Sporting Park
  • 10/23 vs. CD Olimpia; 8 pm ET, Sporting Park

Houston Dynamo

  • 8/20 at W Connection; 8 pm ET, in Trinidad and Tobago
  • 8/27 vs. Árabe Unido; 8 pm ET, BBVA Compass Stadium
  • 9/25 vs. W Connection; 8 pm ET, BBVA Compass Stadium
  • 10/24 at Árabe Unido; 8 pm ET, in Panama

Montreal Impact

  • 8/7 vs. San Jose Earthquakes; 8 pm ET, Stade Saputo
  • 8/21 at CD Heredia; 10 pm ET, in Guatemala
  • 9/17 at San Jose Earthquakes; 10 pm ET, Buck Shaw Stadium
  • 9/25 vs. CD Heredia; 8 pm ET, Stade Saputo

San Jose Earthquakes

  • 8/7 at Montreal Impact; 8 pm ET, Stade Saputo
  • 8/28 at CD Heredia; 10 pm ET, in Guatemala
  • 9/17 vs. Montreal Impact; 10 pm ET, Buck Shaw Stadium
  • 10/23 vs. CD Heredia; 10 pm ET, Buck Shaw Stadium

LA Galaxy

  • 8/20 vs. Cartaginés; 10 pm ET, StubHub Center
  • 9/18 vs. Isidro Metapán; 10 pm ET, StubHub Center
  • 9/25 at Cartaginés; 10 pm ET, in Costa Rica
  • 10/24 at Isidro Metapán; 10 pm ET, in El Salvador

Report: David Silva out 2-3 weeks with ligament damage

LOGRONO, SPAIN - OCTOBER 09:  David Silva of Spain is fouled by Lars Gerson of Luxembourg during the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier group C match between Spain and Luxembourg at Estadio Municipal Las Gaunas on October 9, 2015 in Logrono, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Despite sitting at the top of the table in the Premier League, things are not going well for Manchester City.

Star striker and leading goalscorer Sergio Aguero suffered a torn hamstring while playing for Argentina, and now he is joined by David Silva on the injured list.

Silva lasted nine minutes in Spain’s EURO qualifying match against Luxembourg, forced off after taking a bad challenge from behind. Silva went down in pain and tried to play on, but asked for a substitution just minutes later.

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Spanish news outlet AS is reporting that Silva has suffered “lateral internal ligament damage in his right ankle,” and could face 2-3 weeks on the sidelines.

With Aguero set to miss at least a month, Silva’s injury could leave Manchester City without two of their top players in the coming weeks.

Silva has arguably been the best player in the Premier League this season, the quarterback of the City attack, which has scored a league-leading 19 goals through eight matches.

City travels to Old Trafford for the Manchester derby on October 25, which falls into that 2-3 week range for Silva’s recovery. In a match that could decide who sits top of the table, Manuel Pellegrini would be very shorthanded without Silva and Aguero.

Alejandro Bedoya to miss USMNT vs. Mexico

GLASGOW,  SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 15 :  Alejandro Bedoya of USA  in action during the International Friendly match between Scotland and USA at Hampden Park on November 15, 2013.  (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
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Alejandro Bedoya will not feature for the United States in the CONCACAF playoff against Mexico on Saturday, and has been replaced on the roster by Bobby Wood.

Bedoya traveled to Los Angeles from his club team Nantes in France, but Jurgen Klinsmann has announced he will be unable to play after falling ill.

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Without Bedoya, Union Berlin midfielder Bobby Wood has been added to the USMNT side. Wood scored the first two goals of his international career this summer in wins over the Netherlands and Germany, and has scored four goals in ten matches for Union Berlin this season. Wood has been training with the U.S. camp throughout the week for the upcoming friendly against Costa Rica.

Bedoya has played well for the USMNT, discounting his short performance against Brazil in September. In that match, Klinsmann played Bedoya out of position against a potent Brazil attack, and he was substituted before halftime. However, playing in his more natural role as a winger or attacking midfielder, many believed Bedoya could be in line for a start against Mexico.