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CONCACAF Preview: Galaxy and Sporting Kansas City look to maintain top form

By Kim Tate



ALAJUELA, COSTA RICA - AUGUST 29: Maurim Vieira (L) of Alajuelense, competes for the ball during a match between Alajuelense and America as part of the CONCACAF Champions League at Alejandro Morera Soto Stadium on August 29, 2013 in Alajuela, Costa Rica
ALAJUELA, COSTA RICA - AUGUST 29: Maurim Vieira (L) of Alajuelense, competes for the ball during a match between Alajuelense and America as part of the CONCACAF Champions League at Alejandro Morera Soto Stadium on August 29, 2013 in Alajuela, Costa Rica

CONCACAF Champions League picks back up this week, with eight games on the agenda for teams in MLS, Liga MX, and the Caribbean & Central American regions.

Tuesday, September 17:

Sporting Kansas City will face Real Esteli at home on Tuesday night,  having already defeated the visiting Nicaraguan side 2-0 in the opening game of their 2013-14 campaign back in August.

The San Jose Earthquakes will look to bounce back from their defeat to Montreal Impact in Group 5, after a header by Hassoun Camara lifted the canadians up 1-0 on August 7.

In LigaMX, Five-time Champions League winners Club América are also in action, but are looking to bounce back from a disappointing 1-0 defeat to Alajuelense. Miguel Herrera's men lost 1-0 to the Costa Ricans courtesy of a late penalty in their last outing, but have the chance to make amends against Sporting San Miguelito at home.

Wednesday, September 18:

LA Galaxy will host Isidro Metapan of El Salvador at Stubhub Center, after their 2-0 win over Cartaginés courtesy of a Robbie Keane brace on August 20.

Herediano of Costa Rica host Haiti's Valencia, and Cruz Azul could see their Group 3 lead cut when this match is said and done.

Toluca will travel to Trinidad and Tobago to take on Caledonia AIA, after beating them 3-1 last month at Estadio Nemesio Diez.

Thursday, September 19:

Meanwhile, W Connection FC will host Arabe Unido at Hasely Crawford, while El Salvador's Luis Angel Firpo will be without four of their key players when they host C.D Victoria of Honduras. Firpo will have to make do without Gold Cup hero and goalkeeper Dagoberto Portillo, after allegations of match fixing are currently being investigated and calling for the suspension of 22 El Salvador players. Both Firpo and Victoria are winless after their first games.