Thursday, March 8, 2012

Canadian Soccer Roadtrip in LA


Toronto FC are the new kid on the block in terms of the city's pro sports teams and although they have not had much success in their first 5 seasons, they are the Canadian champion which allows them entry into the CONCACAF Champions League. They finished second in group play and advanced to the quarterfinals, where they are taking on the defending MLS champs, the Los Angeles Galaxy.

The first leg was played today and finished 2-2 after Toronto had taken a 2-0 lead. The second and decisive leg is to be played at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA on March 14th. That got me thinking about flying over to LA to check out the game so I had a look at the MLS schedule and was intrigued to find that the Vancouver Whitecaps would be visiting the very same stadium on March 17th to face Chivas USA.

A quick check of other leagues revealed an ECHL game in Ontario on Tuesday, and the Clippers and Lakers home between Thursday and Saturday, among other possibilities.

Here's one potential schedule:
Tue Mar 13  Idaho Steelheads at Ontario Reign (ECHL) 7:00
Wed Mar 14 Toronto FC at Los Angeles Galaxy (CCL) 7:00
Thu Mar 15 Indiana Hoosiers at Loyola Marymount Lions (NCAA Baseball) 3:00
Thu Mar 15 Phoenix Suns at Los Angeles Clippers 7:30
Fri Mar 16 Minnesota Timberwolves at Los Angeles Lakers 7:30
Sat Mar 17 Houston Rockets at Los Angeles Clippers 12:30
Sat Mar 17 Vancouver Whitecaps at Chivas USA 7:30
I won't be able to make the trip as I'm going to Okinawa the following week, but it is fun to think about.

Best,

Sean

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