*Real Salt Lake is on the verge of advancing to the CONCACAF Champions League finals, but the last step is a treacherous one. With a two-goal advantage, the MLS side visits the Monster’s Cave, where so many American dreams have gone to die, for the second leg against the Costa Rican club Saprissa (10 p.m. ET, Fox Soccer Channel, Telefutura).
*USSF President Sunil Gulati told the Insider on Monday that the United States has not been approached about replacing Japan at this summer’s Copa America in Argentina. (Japan withdrew because of the impact of the natural disasters). Even if it were asked, the USSF probably wouldn’t be able to accept an invitation, Gulati said, because of the short notice, conflicts with the MLS schedule, and player availability issues following the CONCACAF Gold Cup a few weeks earlier.
Since the Americans would be guests, clubs would be under no obligation to release players. (Imagine the USSF asking the Los Angeles Galaxy to make do without Landon Donovan for most of the summer for Gold Cup and Copa America. Or European-based players forgoing time off between club seasons.) Reports in Latin America suggest that Costa Rica or Spain could step in.
*Post fan blogger Jeff Maurer reviews D.C. United’s 4-1 loss at Colorado.
For Americans abroad and TV listings, including UEFA Champions League.....
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MF Anton Pederlin and Plymouth at Leyton Orient
*Soccer on TV:
UEFA Champions League quarterfinals, first leg:
Inter Milan-Schalke 2:30 p.m. Fox Sports Net, Comcast SportsNet/DC, foxsoccer.tv (tape at 5 on FSC, tape at 9 on FSP)
Real Madrid-Spurs 2:30 p.m. FSC (tape at 5 on FSP)
CONCACAF U-20 quarterfinals, Costa Rica-Cuba 7 p.m. ESPN Deportes, ESPN3.com
Copa Libertadores, Independiente-Quito 8 p.m. Fox Deportes
CONCACAF Champions League, Saprissa-RSL 10 p.m. FSC, Telefutura
CONCACAF U-20 quarterfinals, Mexico-Canada 10 p.m. ESPN Deportes, ESPN3.com