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.