The Final day of the CONCACAF Champions League group stage plays out over three days this week. Only 4 teams have clinched their groups and will advance to the knockout rounds next spring - including 3 of the US teams.
D.C. United, L.A. Galaxy, Seattle Sounders and Queretaro of Mexico have all advanced. The remaining 4 groups will be decided either Tues, or Wed. (Thursday's games all feature eliminated teams).
Here is a roundup of each group, who's in/out and what the remaining teams need to do to clinch the group.
First, here are the tiebreakers for the group stage:
- Greater number of points earned in matches between the teams concerned;
- Greater goal difference in matches between the teams concerned;
- Greater number of away goals in matches between the teams concerned;
- Greater goal difference in all group matches;
- Greater number of goals scored in group matches;
- Greater number of goals scored away in all group matches;
- Drawing of lots.
|Saprissa (Costa Rica)
|Santos Laguna (Mexico)
Saprissa and Santos Laguna are tied going into the final game which will have Saprissa visiting Santos Laguna on Tuesday. With a 2-1 win in their previous game, Saprissa holds the tiebreaker (+1 GD vs Santos). A win for either team puts them through; a low scoring tie (0-0 or 1-1) will see Saprissa advance, any draw with 2 or more goals will have Santos move on.
|Tigres UANL (Mexico)
|Herediano (Costa Rico)
Tigres holds all the cards as it plays the final game at home vs Herediano. A win or a tie puts them through. Herediano needs a win or they're out.
Queretaro has advanced.
LA Galaxy (USA)
LA has advanced
Motagua plays America on Tuesday at home, and will need a massive shutout win of 5 goals to advance. Anything less and America will move on.
|Seattle Sounders (USA)
Seattle has advanced.
Real Salt Lake (USA)
Real Salt Lake holds all the cards for the final game on Tuesday. A win, or tie will see RSL through. Municipal must win to advance.
|DC United (USA)
DC United has advanced.
What does all this mean for Real Salt Lake? In short, with it's away 1-0 win vs Municipal in the first game RSL controls it's own destiny. All they have to do is win, or tie.
A win would ensure we'll be no lower than 6th seed for the knockout rounds, and could be as high as 2nd depending on other results. If RSL does clinch it's group it will be the first time that all 4 US teams have advanced to the knockout rounds.