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CONCACAF Champions League Preview: Toluca face Caledonia AIA in opener

By Football News



Toluca striker Isaac Brizuela is confident the club can battle on two fronts as they gear up for their CONCACAF Champions League campaign.

The Liga MX side are set to compete in their third Champions League since it changed guise from the Champions Cup in 2008-09.

Jose Cardozo's team will look to better their run to the last four of the 2010 edition of the competition and open against Trinidad and Tobago outfit Caledonia AIA, with Guatemalan outfit Comunicaciones completing Group Six.

And striker Brizuela is confident the club can be among the contenders for the title.

"There are goals we set personally and in the group, (we are) returning to a league (Champions League) that Toluca deserves (to be in)," he told the official CONCACAF website.

"As for the two tournaments, I think we have the team for those two tournaments. We are ready physically."

Toluca's two previous campaigns ended in defeat to the eventual winners. They were beaten by Pachuca in the 2009-10 semi-finals, while Monterrey accounted for their quarter-final defeat 12 months later.

They qualified for this year's Champions League courtesy of their second-place finish behind Tijuana in the 2012 Liga MX Apertura.

Mexico will also be represented by Tijuana, America and Cruz Azul in this year's tournament.

No side from the United States has won the competition in its current guise. 

Major League Soccer winners Los Angeles Galaxy are one of four American representatives in this year's competition. They are placed in Group Eight along with Costa Rican side Cartagines and Salvadoran club Isidro Metapan.

They will look to improve on their semi-final defeat to Monterrey in last season's tournament, while San Jose Earthquakes, Sporting Kansas City and Houston Dynamo are the other American teams involved this time around.