*One down, two to go for MLS in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals. After the Seattle Sounders secured passage with a 3-1 comeback victory (3-2 aggregate) over Mexican club Tigres late Tuesday, the Houston Dynamo and Los Angeles Galaxy will take their chances tonight.
The Dynamo carries a 1-0 lead to Santos Laguna, which, in last year’s late stages, slapped six goals apiece on two MLS visitors. The Galaxy is home against Costa Rica’s Herediano with a
1-1 0-0 scoreline. Both matches are on Fox Soccer: Houston at 8 p.m. ET, Los Angeles at 10.
Three high-quality goals by the Sounders, but this one by Djimi Traore was world-class:
*CONCACAF has plenty more on its mind: The Gold Cup groups and schedule will be unveiled late this morning at Soldier Field in Chicago. The location of the announcement clearly suggests the site of the July 28 championship match. [UPDATE: CONCACAF appears to have made the groups and matches available earlier than planned.]
*In women’s soccer, there is the World Cup and the Olympics, and then there is the Algarve Cup. For the Americans, who face Germany in the final today, this annual tournament in Portugal offers a small prize in an otherwise quiet year. ESPN, Fox and NBC passed on the live broadcast rights, so a pay-per-view company stepped in. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. ET. Best I can tell, a taped version of the match is not available until 3 p.m. Friday on Fox Soccer. This is the first of two meetings between the world powers this spring: They are set to clash in a April 5 friendly in Offenbach, Germany.
U.S. midfielder Carli Lloyd won’t play in either Germany match, or any NWSL matches for the Western New York Flash for that matter. She is sidelined six to eight weeks after breaking a bone in her shoulder during the Algarve opener, the club announced.
*With the U.S. men’s World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica nine days away, it’s important to keep an eye on the forecast for Denver, which, this time of year, experiences wild weather swings. At the moment, the outlook calls for a temperature in the mid-fifties during the day but falling as low as the thirties at night with a 30 percent chance of rain or snow. Bundle up, American Outlaws.
Schalke MF Jermaine Jones not in 18 (yellow card suspension) for 3-2 loss to Galatasaray in return leg of UEFA Champions League round of 16 (Turkish club advanced on 4-3 aggregate)
Tigres MF Jonathan Bornstein 90 in Tigres’ 3-1 loss at Seattle in CONCACAF Champions League (Sounders advance on 3-2 aggregate)
Leicester City D Zak Whitbread in 18, didn’t play in 1-1 draw at Cardiff City
D Oguchi Onyewu and Malaga vs. Porto in second leg of UEFA Champions League round of 16 (3:45 p.m., Fox Soccer Plus, foxsoccer2go.com; tape at 6 on Fox Soccer)
F Herculez Gomez and Santos Laguna vs. Houston in second leg of CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals (8 p.m., Fox Soccer)
D Clarence Goodson and Brondby vs. Esbjerg in Danish Cup
MF DaMarcus Beasley and D Michael Orozco Fiscal for Puebla at Pachuca in Copa MX (9 p.m., Galavision, ESPN3.com)