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Big night for RSL as Tauro hosts Herediano in CCL play (UPDATED)

30 August 2:06 pm

Big night for RSL as Tauro hosts Herediano in CCL play (UPDATED)

By Sam Stejskal

Real Salt Lake fans: There’s a big, big game down in Panama tonight.

RSL’s CONCACAF Champions League Group 2 opponents Tauro FC and CS Herediano are set to faceoff at 6 p.m. MT in Panama City. The match has huge CCL implications for RSL, which is currently in second-place in the Group and needs to use its remaining two matches to vault into first to qualify for the Knockout Stage.

Costa Rican champs Herediano are in the Group 2 driver’s seat, sitting in first place with a 1-0-0 record, three points ahead of Panamanian club Tauro (0-1-0) and tied on points with RSL (1-1-0), which has played one more game than both Central American sides.

A Tauro result would be huge for RSL. The Panamanian champs – which will be underdogs against higher-quality Herediano, despite the Costa Rican club's recent coaching change – could help the Claret-and-Cobalt in a big way if they pick up a point, allowing RSL a little more wiggle room than they currently have. An upset win would be an even bigger result, as it would move all three teams into a tie for first, giving RSL complete control of its own CCL destiny.

You can watch the game live on CONCACAF.com. Be sure to pull for Tauro.

Update: Unfortunately, Tauro couldn't quite pick up a result on Thursday night, losing to Herediano 1-0. Full Group 2 standings are below:

  Points W L T GD GF GA
CS Herediano 6 2 0 0 2 2 0
Real Salt Lake 3 1 1 0 1 2 1
Tauro FC 0 0 2 0 -3 0 3