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Why MLS takes a backseat to Mexico

Updated: April 12, 2012, 10:03 AM ET
By Jeff Carlisle | ESPN.com

The knockout stages of this year's CONCACAF Champions League made for some grim viewing. In the quarterfinals, the Seattle Sounders were well-beaten by Mexican powerhouse Santos Laguna, falling 7-3 on aggregate. After disposing of the Los Angeles Galaxy in the same round, it was Toronto's turn to take on Santos in the semis, only to suffer the same fate, right down to the scoreline.

It amounts to a major disappointment for MLS. It was just a year ago that Real Salt Lake ...

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