Two teams from MLS clinched spots in the knockout round of the CONCACAF Champions League today, as the Seattle Sounders and Los Angeles Galaxy locked down the top spot in their respective groups.
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Seattle Sounders 3-0 Vancouver Whitecaps
The Sounders clinched the top spot in Group H and a place in the knockout rounds, as the Whitecaps are officially eliminated from CCL play.
Just four days after Seattle downed Vancouver 3-0 in MLS play, the Sounders continued their good form against their northwest rivals with another 3-0 win in the CONCACAF Champions League. Two quick goals from Lamar Neagle and Chad Barrett gave Seattle a 2-0 lead heading into halftime, and Neagle added a second just after the break to seal the match.
Central FC 1-1 Los Angeles Galaxy
The LA Galaxy claimed the top spot in Group D and advance into the knockout round after a 1-1 draw against Central FC.
With a good lead in the group, LA chose to rest some talent, as the likes of Robbie Keane, Steven Gerrard, Giovani dos Santos, and Gyasi Zardes did not travel with the team to Trinidad & Tobago.
That nearly cost the Galaxy, as Willis Plaza gave Central a lead just two minutes into the match, getting through a second-tier back line and hitting one off the bounce and into the bottom corner. Central held the lead for nearly the entire 90 minutes, but Alan Gordon scored with less than ten to play to earn a draw for the Galaxy.
Montego Bay United 3-3 DC United (Played on Tuesday, 9/22)
It was a wild one in Jamaica, as D.C. United came from three down to earn a draw against Montego Bay United. D.C. had already clinched Group H, but still expected a result against a Montego Bay side that had never scored in CCL play. However, the Jamaican side jumped out to a 3-0 lead before D.C. stormed back with three goals in the final 30 minutes. Jairo Arrieta and Kofi Opare made it a one-goal game before Michael Farfan tallied the equalizer deep into stoppage time.