Mexico City Draw Leaves Group A for the Taking

TFC-Cruz Azul stalemate sets up RSL to grab lone share of group lead

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Since Real Salt Lake is playing Toronto FC three times within a
month, we know it might be a bit of an ask for “RSL Nation” to thank the
“Reds” for anything these days, as we’re supposed to be fierce
adversaries and all. But, that being said, we’re tipping our virtual cap
to the Canadian champions this morning after they managed to bring a
point back to Toronto via their 0-0 draw with Cruz Azul down in Mexico
City last night.That means that Toronto has taken 4 out of a possible 6
points against the Mexican side in group play … now you tell us we
shouldn’t be thanking them!

While yesterday’s draw bumped “los Cementeros” alone into Group A’s
top spot on 7 points, it also left the door wide open for Real Salt Lake
to take firm control of the group, which it would indeed do with a
three-point result this evening against Arabe Unido in Panama City. The
signs point to the distinct possibility of success, as it was just one
week ago when Cruz Azul absolutely pummeled Arabe Unido 6-0 at the very
Estadio Rommel Fernandez where RSL will be taking the field tonight.

Here’s the standings and schedule as they currently stand heading into tonight’s “linchpin” Group A match-up:

CCL Group A Standings

Cruz Azul (MEX) – 7 points  /  2-1-1

Real Salt Lake (USA) – 6 points  /  2-1-0

Toronto FC (CAN) – 4 points  /  1-2-1

Arabe Unido (PAN) – 3 points  /  1-2-0

Remaining CCL Group A Schedule (home team listed first)

Matchweek #4 – TONIGHT

Arabe Unido v. Real Salt Lake - 6:00 p.m. (tape-delay @ 9:00 on Fox Soccer Channel)

Matchweek #5

Tuesday, Sept. 28

Toronto FC v. Real Salt Lake – 6:00 p.m. MT – Fox Soccer Channel

Cruz Azul v. Arabe Unido – 6:00 p.m. MT – TeleFutura

Matchweek #6

Tuesday, October 19

Toronto FC v. Arabe Unido – 6:00 p.m. MT – Fox Soccer Channel

Real Salt Lake v. Cruz Azul – 8:00 p.m. MT – Galavision