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With the final half of the CONCACAF Champions League group stage set to kick off Tuesday night, Toronto FC is faced with an opportunity that it can not let slip through its fingers.
TFC host Tauro FC (8 p.m., Fox Soccer Channel) in a Group C match that carries plenty of significance in relation to Toronto's hopes of advancing to the knockout stage.
The Reds won the previous match between the two clubs down in Panama City back on Aug. 18 by a 2-1 scoreline but has dropped its two group matches since and sits in third place in the group. Another match with Tauro, which is winless in group play thus far, provides the best chance for TFC to rack up more points before more challenging matches against FC Dallas and Pumas UNAM. Those two teams, which occupy the top two spots in the group, will meet on Wednesday night with high stakes on the line.
SOUNDERS CLOSE IN ON QUARTERFINALS
The Seattle Sounders play Herediano for the second time in as many weeks (10 p.m., Fox Soccer Channel), knowing full well that a fourth consecutive victory in the group stage would likely cement the team's place in the quarterfinals of the competition.
By the time of the Seattle-Herediano first kick, the Sounders will know for sure if they can clinch a place in the knockout stage with a victory. Comunicaciones and Monterrey meet earlier in the evening, and if second-place Comunicaciones can duplicate last week's victory over Monterrey or hold the defending CCL champions to a draw, Seattle would be assured of advancing with a win.
The Sounders topped Herediano, 2-1, in Costa Rica last week behind two goals from Fredy Montero. The club did not have the services of Mauro Rosales for that victory, and it won't for the return meeting either after he was ruled out for the next 2-to-4 weeks with an MCL tear.
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