Some would've thought it was impossible for Mexico's troubled year to take a turn for the worse, but on Sunday at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., the impossible came to life.
In their opening match of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, el Tri fell to Panama, 2-1, thanks to a brace from Gabriel Torres. Marco Fabian notched the lone Mexican goal.
Torres, who plays for Venezuelan club Zamora FC, opened the scoring with a penalty in the 7th minute, after Mexico's Raul Jimenez brought down Alberto Quintero in the box.
The Colorado Rapids were eliminated from the CONCACAF Champions League on Thursday night after Isidro Metapán defeated Real España 3-2 to claim the second and final quarterfinal berth in Group B. Mexican side Santos Laguna won the group with 13 points. The Rapids finished third with seven points and Espana fourth with five.
If the Colorado Rapids do fail to qualify for the quarter final stages, it will be the first lesson of sports that’s come back to haunt them: You must protect your home turf.
After Wednesday’s 2-0 defeat at the hands of Group B winners Santos Laguna, the Rapids are now dependent on Isidro Metapán and Real España tying Thursday night in a sodden El Salvador. Heavy rains have caused havoc in the El Salvador domestic league program, but the reports are that tomorrow night’s game will go on.
The Colorado Rapids find themselves reliant on Thursday night’s game between Isidro Metapan and Real Espana after they crashed to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Group B winners Santos Laguna in the CONCACAF Champions League.
Torreon, Mexico - The scenario for the Colorado Rapids is simple: a win versus Santos Laguna on Wednesday night will put the team through to the CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinals next year. Watch the game live at 6 pm MT on Fox Soccer and join us as we chat live from the stands at Estadio Corona in Torreon, Mexico to bring you even closer to the team.
Torreon, Mexico - Despite another long travel day, the Colorado Rapids arrived in Torreon, Mexico late on Tuesday night excited and focused on the task at hand. A win over Santos Laguna on Wednesday night at Estadio Corono will put the Rapids through to the Quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Champions League.
"The travel was a bit crazy, getting to the hotel this late," said forward Omar Cummings. "But we're focused. I think we're playing some good soccer right now, and we're ready to go."
The Colorado Rapids are one of four MLS teams that have a chance of advancing to the CONCACAF Champions League Quartefinals this week. Another MLS side, the Seattle Sounders, have already clinched a berth in the next round. The top two teams in each group will move on to the Quarterfinals, which will be played in Febuary 2012. Below are the scenarios heading into each team's 6th and final group-stage games in the Champions League this week, as provided by CONCACAF:
Commerce City, Colo. - The Colorado Rapids travel to Torreon, Mexico on Tuesday ahead of Wednesday's final CONCACAF Champions League Group B match versus Santos Laguna (6 pm MT). Head coach Gary Smith is taking 19 players in search of the win necessary to secure a place in the Quarterfinals.