Only one side has ever made it to the CCL final, Real Salt Lake in 2011. And it didn't win.If suddenly in-form Ignacio Piatti manages to lead Impact into the final at all, let alone to a title, it'll rank as the most surprising championship run in the tournament's history after the Great Montreal Dumpster Fire of 2014. I speak for all neutrals, Montreal, when I say: Wreck this damn thing.The hulking Ataturk Olympic Stadium sits on the western outskirts of Istanbul, and its enormous capacity makes it a harrowing place for visitors. It's perhaps best known as the site of Liverpool's miracle Champions League final victory over Milan.
Arsenal arrived for the first leg of a FIFA 17 coins League play-in game against Besiktas, and the venue lived up to its five-star reputation.Thunderous boos and whistles rained down at every Arsenal touch. During several moments of particular emotional venom, the stadium's camera emplacement shook. Late in the second half, fed by the crowd's manic energy, Besiktas coach Slaven Bilic was sent off the touchline.?The game ended scoreless, but it was a fitting showpiece for the game's most expansive club competition.Hours later, on the other side of the world,
Portland Timbers walked into Providence Stadium in the Caribbean hamlet of Georgetown, Guyana and were greeted by an enormous patch of dirt. The Timbers were 2,500 miles from home to face Alpha United in the opening group game of the CONCACAF Champions League, and the optics weren't great. The newly built stadium seats 15,000 and is primarily used as a cricket ground, which means the scene looked like this. Continue reading A day after the Galaxy fell 4-2 at Tijuana, Sporting KC was thrashed 5-1 away to Cruz Azul. Turns out MLS is still largely cursed in Mexico. Within that 5-1 beating, Cruz Azul did something pretty crazy: they moved the ball roughly 30 yards by taking just two touches via foot. The third was the goal.Not sure if you've ever seen a headed through ball, but here's your chance.