Champions League soccer hits Pizza Hut Park tonight for the first time ever. You could make the argument that tonight is the biggest game in the 6-year history of the stadium. Oh, and the forecast high is 111. Welcome to The Oven, Alianza.
The biggest news is actually not related to the game, Marvin Chavez will make his return to the national team next Wednesday as he has been called up for Los Catrachos to face Venezuela in a friendly at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale next Wednesday. It's great to see him make his return to the national team after declining the Gold Cup callup.
Back to tonight's game and I can't read this article due to DMN's ridiculous pay wall, but looking at the headline I assume we won't see Maicon Santos tonight.
Robert Casner has a preview of tonight's match up on MLS with a pretty spicy quote from Ugo Ihemelu
They’re the type of team that dives a lot,” the center back said. “They go down easy and they try to get the referee on their side, so they are going to be dangerous.”
Todd Date writes for 3rd degree that pretty much everyone sees tonight's game as the biggest one of the season.
Loyd concurs. “I think it’s the biggest game of the season right now. The organization has never been in this competition and a win tomorrow will put us in the group stage, which is a huge step not only as an organization but as a team to get exposure on the international level,” he said. “I think it’s a huge game, up to this point, the most important game of the season. We’re definitely putting a lot of weight on this game and we’re going to come in and get the result.”
Two different sites in El Salvador are saying Alianza needs "A miracle" tonight to advance to the group stage.
"We want to forget what happened in the debut and the first game against Dallas. At Alianza, we always have a responsibility to go out and win and that we will try to do in Dallas, "added assistant coach of the snow-white Leonel Cárcamo Batres. The commitment is for 6:00 in the afternoon hours in El Salvador.
FC Dallas.com has a Q&A up with their newest player, Maicon Santos.
FCDallas.com: What kind of message would you send to FC Dallas fans about joining the team?
Santos: My message…I would say you can expect everything from me, because I’m going to try to do my best and try to do everything, to win every game.
Robert Casner has a story about Santos being excited to join Dallas, and he has a quote that kind of says it all.
Santos joins an FC Dallas side that likes to counter attack and includes such offensively talented players like Brek Shea, Jackson and Marvin Chávez.
“It’s exciting to have other teammates that know how to attack,” Santos said. “They know what to do with the ball.”
Also, David Ferreira returned, somewhat, to practice yesterday for the first time since his ankle injury.
With 11 games left in the season, Hyndman added that Ferreira could return to play next month.
“The next step is for him to get his boots and get him training and then, of course, the final step is to get him on the field,” Hyndman said. “We could have claimed him ‘season-ending injury’ and gone out and got another player, but we believed that we may get him back in September.”
I recommend leaving the stadium fairly quickly after the game is over tonight so you can get home to watch another huge game as Los Angeles heads up to Portland to take on the Timbers in a game with huge FCD implications.
If results go the right way, tonight could be a really great soccer night.....