Birds flying high, you know how I feel
Sun in the sky, you know how I feel
Breeze driftin' on by, you know how I feel
It's a new dawn, it's a new day, it's a new life for me
And I'm feeling good...- "Feeling Good", Various Artists
It's a new dawn, it's a new day, and a new CONCACAF Champions League season -- and it starts tonight on the green, green grass of home at the Lakeshore House. With the tournament featuring three-team groups with only the winner advancing, and new old rivals Santos Laguna looming large in Group 1, winning will be key for the Reds this evening.
With the MLS playoffs likely out of reach for another season, the Reds will probably go all-in for this tournament; and save for a few hiccups, the team has come together under the leadership of Paul Mariner -- and he will be the fourth coach in four years to lead TFC into the continental arena; can he repeat the successes that Preki and Winter had enabled?
The Salvadoreans have some continental pedigree themselves; having won the 1976 CONCACAF Champions Cup. But that was then, and this is now: and they are fourth in the Salvadorean Apertura this season so far, and are known to be difficult to break down in the middle; a chance perhaps for Ashtone Morgan to shine? The rest of the roster will likely remain the same from the loss to Houston, while Eric Hassli will likely be scratched again. Quincy Amarikwa is also an option to come in as well.
Since this game will not be televised (instead available via a live stream at CONCACAF's website, since Sportsnet is locked deep in Olympic coverage) -- if you're not feeling like registering to watch just one game, I'll be LIVE on our CoverItLive screen starting at 7:45pm ET this evening, with the latest news and updates, and then live text commentary during the match. So come join in on the fun after the jump, or on your favourite mobile platform wherever you are!