*Five MLS clubs are entered in the CONCACAF Champions League group stage. The first has secured a berth in the knockout round. With a 2-2 draw against Comunicaciones in Guatemala, the Seattle Sounders are through to next year’s quarterfinals. With their group finale Oct. 18 rendered meaningless, they can turn their full attention to next Tuesday’s U.S. Open Cup and the MLS stretch run and playoffs.
Toronto FC (seven points from five matches) remained in contention with a 1-1 home draw against Pumas and will vie for passage next month at FC Dallas (seven points), which will play its fifth game Wednesday at Tauro (Panama). Meantime, the Los Angeles Galaxy needs a home victory against Morelia to maintain realistic hopes of advancing and the Colorado Rapids are desperate for points at Metapan (El Salvador). Full standings here.
*MLS Eastern Conference madness continues Wednesday night with the Columbus Crew visiting Sporting Kansas City (41 points apiece, one behind Houston). Wouldn’t a three-way tie be swell?
*As expected, D.C. United’s Dwayne De Rosario has been summoned for Canada’s World Cup duty Oct. 8 at St. Lucia and Oct. 11 vs. Puerto Rico in Toronto. So unless he plays only a portion of that second match and is stoked for a trans-Canada flight, he’ll miss United’s league match at Vancouver on Oct. 12. Other DCU players might also receive call-ups.
For Americans abroad, details of Maryland extending its unbeaten streak to 10 and TV/online listings for UEFA Champions League.....
D Carlos Bocanegra 90 in Rangers’ 2-0 win over Kilmarnock
MF Maurice Edu 90 (assist) for Rangers
MF Alejandro Bedoya 15 for Rangers
F Robbie Findley last 63 in Nottingham Forest’s 5-1 loss at Burnley
GK David Yelldell and Leverkusen vs. Genk (Champions League)
GK Josh Wicks and Mariehamn at KuPS (Finland)
*Third-ranked Maryland (9-0-1) is off to its best start since 1968 after defeating No. 12 Charlotte, 3-1, at Ludwig Field. My match report. On Friday, the Terps will welcome second-ranked Creighton, which hasn’t conceded a goal in its eight matches. A capacity crowd of 7,000+ is possible.
*Soccer on TV/online (all times are Eastern):
UEFA Champions League, Zenit-Porto noon foxsoccer.tv
UEFA Champions League, Valencia-Chelsea 2:30 p.m. Fox Soccer (tape at 5 on Fox Soccer Plus, Fox Deportes)
UEFA Champions League, BATE-Barcelona 2:30 p.m. Comcast SportsNet/DC, Fox Sports Net, Fox Deportes, foxsoccer.tv (tape at 5 on Fox Soccer)
UEFA Champions League, Arsenal-Olympiakos 2:30 p.m. Fox Soccer Plus, foxsoccer.tv
UEFA Champions League, Marseille-Dortmund 2:45 p.m. foxsoccer.tv
UEFA Champions League, Leverkusen-Genk 2:45 p.m. foxsoccer.tv
UEFA Champions League, AC Milan-Plzen 2:45 p.m. foxsoccer.tv
UEFA Champions League, Donetsk-APOEL 2:45 p.m. foxsoccer.tv
CONCACAF Champions League, Tauro-Dallas 8 p.m. Fox Soccer
CONCACAF Champions League, Real Espana-Santos Laguna 8 p.m. Telefutura
MLS, Kansas City-Columbus 8:30 p.m. Direct Kick, Matchday Live
Friendly, Brazil-Argentina 8:50 p.m. ESPN Deportes, ESPN3.com
MLS, Real Salt Lake-Chicago 9 p.m. Direct Kick, Matchday Live
CONCACAF Champions League, Los Angeles-Morelia 10 p.m. Fox Soccer, Telefutura