DC United is the first club through to the knockout rounds of the 2015-16 CONCACAF Champions League, as Conor Doyle and Jared Jeffrey scored to lead a reserve-heavy MLS side to a 2-0 win over Panama’s Arabe Unido on Tuesday night in Washington.
DC has yet to concede through three group stage matches of the competition, and will likely field another weakened side for Sept. 22’s visit to Montego Bay United.
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Also on Tuesday, Real Salt Lake navigated the second of its treacherous first two road matches with a 0-0 draw at Salvadorian side Santa Tecla. In true CONCACAF style, a backup-laden RSL saw the only yellow cards of the match (5) and went down a man late when John Sterzer saw his second yellow in El Salvador.
RSL is tied with Municipal (Guatemala) for first place in the group, but is the only side with two matches remaining in Group G.
Wednesday finds one match involving an MLS side, though there are implications for two. Seattle has a tenuous hold on first place in Group F, having played one more match than Olimpia (Honduras) and two more than Vancouver. The latter two square off in Canada tonight before the ‘Caps head to Seattle next Wednesday.
The other MLS side in the CCL — consonants! — is off this week but holds a heavy advantage after a pair of blowout home wins in Group D. T&T’s Central heads to Guatemala to take on Comunicaciones tonight.