GALAXY: Toronto awaits in CCL quarters
The Galaxy received what appears to be a very favorable draw for the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals. They were paired Tuesday with Toronto FC, a surprise final-eight side that has never qualified for Major League Soccer's postseason.
A victory would set up a semifinal home-and-home with Mexico's Santos Laguna or the Seattle Sounders, with the Galaxy home for the first leg.
L.A. will open the quarterfinals March 6-8 at BMO Field in Toronto and play the second leg March 13-15 at Home Depot Center. Semifinals dates are March 27-29 and April 3-5, and the final is April 17-19 and 24-26.
Toronto FC went 3-2-1 in Group C, finishing just a point behind reigning Mexican champion Pumas UNAM after beating FC Dallas in a winner-moves-on group finale.
The Reds have found little success in their brief history aside from the Canadian Championship, which determined Canada's entrant to the Champions League, but Dutch manager Aron Winter seems to have built a foundation this year that could profit next spring.
The addition of European stars Danny Koevermans and Torsten Frings and a weeding-out process that saw Winter churn through his roster all season -- he used 41 players in league matches -- led to a decent finish, with just two losses (and only two wins) in the final 11 games.
The Galaxy, of course, are playing in the MLS Cup title game, facing Houston on Nov. 20 at Home Depot Center.
The other side of the bracket has three Mexican clubs, with Morelia -- runner-up to the Galaxy in Group A -- facing defending champions Monterrey and Pumas against El Salvador's Isidro Metapan.