Following last night's second leg of preliminary round games in CONCACAF Champions League play, United's three opponents in Group A are now set.
CD Marathon (Honduras) came from behind to defeat El Salvador's AD Isidro Metapan 2-1 last night to advance to group play 4-3 on aggregate, while Cruz Azul of Mexico handed Hakook Verdes (Belize) its second seconsecutive 6-0 walloping to advance 12-0 on aggregate.
The only group yet to complete prelimary round play is Group B, which will wrap up tonight with two games. Here's what the groups look like to date:
D.C. United (United States
Deportivo Saprissa (Costa Rica)
Cruz Azul (Mexico)
Houston Dynamo (United States)
Luis Angel Firpo (El Salvador)
Harbour View FC (Jamaica) or Pumas UNAM (Mexico
Deportivo Jalapa (Guatemala) or San Francisco FC (Panama)
CD Olimpia (Honduras)
Joe Public (Trinidad)
Montreal Impatct (Canada)
Santos Laguna (Mexico)
CSD Municipal (Guatemala)
Puerto Rico Islanders (um... Puerto Rico)
Tauro FC (Panama)
United's Champions League schedule is now set in stone and looks like this:
Date: Home - Away (kickoff, all times ET)
9/16: vs. Deportivo Saprissa (8 p.m.)
9/24: @ CD Marathon (10 p.m.)
10/1: vs. Cruz Azul (8 p.m.)
10/9: @ Deportivo Saprissa (10 p.m.)
10/21: @ Cruz Azul (10 p.m.)
10/29: vs. CD Marathon (8 p.m.)
Following group play, two teams will advance to the quarterfinals, which will pick back up in late February. The final series will be played in late April.
These games will certainly be unique and present a great opportunity for United to test itself against solid international competition and make a mark on a big stage. If you're planning to make your way to RFK Stadium for these games, check out the 3-Game Pack
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