Wednesday, November 18, 2009

11/18/09: Crew To Face Mexican Power Toluca In CONCACAF


The 2008 Mexican Apetura champions Toluca square off against the 2008 MLS Champions Columbus Crew.

Well I was hoping for a little Arab United or Marathon, but we get pegged against Toluca, one of the top clubs in recent history in Mexico. As Toluca won Mexico's 2008 Apetura and has made it to the playoffs of Mexican soccer the last four seasons. Currently, in the 2009 Apetura, Toluca is once again in first place...

However, one good thing (and there is just about one good thing) is that if we beat Toluca in the first knockout round of games, we could likely beat anyone in the knockout rounds of the tournament.

The matchup against Toluca begins between March 9-11th at Crew Stadium and will continue March 16-18th down in Mexico. The Crew will likely not be game fit at all and will face a Toluca side in the middle of their season. Isn't that just gravy?

Overall, against Mexican sides, the Crew have only won one non-friendly competition. The Crew beat Morelia 2-0 at home in 2003 in the CONCACAF Champions Cup. But, Morelia already beat Columbus 6-0 in Morelia's home leg so that wasn't a worry. In total, in official CONCACAF competition the Crew are 1-3 against Mexican sides and have been outscored by a total of 2-13. The current Crew were demolished against Cruz Azul by a total of 7-0 in their two 2009 games. Even losing 2-0 to Cruz Azul's B/C side in Columbus.

So, let's hope the Crew stops offending Guillermo Barros Schelotto. And, somehow signs Palermo. And, agrees to sign some other superstars for $16,000 dollar salaries. Otherwise, this might be a tough one against Toluca.

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