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Thursday, October 21, 2010
CCL: RSL tops group, Crew gets through

By Scott French

Real Salt Lake avenged a stunning loss at Cruz Azul with a 3-1 victory over the Mexican league leaders to win Group A in the CONCACAF Champions League, and Columbus gave Major League Soccer two spots in the final eight.


All four Mexican clubs also advanced to the quarterfinals. A draw Nov. 1 will fill out the bracket.

Here's the scoop on the region's top club competition:

GAME DAY 6
GROUP A

Toronto FC (Canada) 1 (Attakora 30), Arabe Unido (Panama) 0
Real Salt Lake 3 (USA) (Araujo 43, 67, Warner 69), Cruz Azul (Mexico) 1 (Villaluz 71)
Final standings: x-Real Salt Lake 13 points, x-Cruz Azul 10, Toronto FC 8, Arabe Unido 3

GROUP B
Santos Laguna (Mexico) 6 (Peralta 20, 51, Luduena 27, 87, Ruiz 40, Quintero 81), Municipal (Guatemala) 1 (Castillo 39)
Joe Public (Trinidad & Tobago) 1 (Noel pen. 27), Columbus Crew (USA) 4 (Mendoza 20, Renteria pen. 50, 81, Oughton 92+)
Final standings: Santos 13 points, Columbus 12, Municipal 8, Joe Public 1

GROUP C
Seattle Sounders FC (USA) 1 (Jaqua 17), Saprissa (Costa Rica) 2 (Arrieta 26, Guzman 87)
Marathon (Honduras) 0, Monterrey (Mexico) 1 (Santana 69)
Final standings: x-Monterrey 16 points, x-Saprissa 10, Marathon 9, Seattle 3

GROUP D
Toluca (Mexico) 5 (Mancilla 19, 56, 90, Cuevas pen. 55, Calderon 87), FAS (El Salvador) 0
Olimpia (Honduras) 3 (Rojas 53, 77, de Souza 81), Puerto Rico Islanders (Puerto Rico) 0
Final standings: Olimpia 13 points, Toluca 10, Puerto Rico 8, FAS 2

x -- advances to quarterfinals; draw on Nov. 1