It’s Tuesday in Toluca. San Jose’s working out at Estadio Nemesio Díaz, preparing for their CONCACAF Champions League match against the Red Devils. Presumably, there’s almost nobody around, which makes it easy to spot one guy with a camera pointed at the field. According to reports, that guy may have been a Toluca employee, part of the reason why the Earthquakes have filed a complaint with CONCACAF.
FOX Sports’ Brian Dunseth originally had the next on Wednesday night. On Thursday, the Earthquakes confirmed their “formal, written complaint” through the league’s website.
San Jose was eliminated on Wednesday after their 1-1 (2-2, agg.) result against Toluca sent the teams to penalty kicks. Once there, a sixth round miss from midfielder Shea Salinas allowed the Red Devils to advance to the competition’s semifinals.
What could happen should the Earthquakes’ complaint is verified is unclear. The league website sought clarification from CONCACAF but got no response. While some type of fine would seem like the obvious course of action, we’re in somewhat unchartered territory. This tournament is too young to have much established precedent in this area.
San Jose travels to Sporting Kansas City this weekend for their second game of the Major League Soccer season. Toluca visits Atlante and awaits the winner of Alajuelense and Árabe Unico on Champions League’s semifinals.