Monterrey defeated Real Salt Lake 1-0 to claim the 2010-2011 CONCACAF Champions League title on Wednesday night. Monterrey won 3-2 on the aggregate. Real Salt Lake not only saw their title hopes disappear, they saw their 37 game unbeaten streak at Rio Tinto snapped. Monterrey's Humberto Suazo scored the game's only goal in extra time of the first half. Real Salt Lake's Fabian Espindola had multiple chances to score but came up short every time. Monterrey moves on to the FIFA World Cup which runs in Japan from December 8-December 18, 2011. More importantly, I've seen the light. It is time to get behind Monterrey.
So what is the new hashtag? #NorthAmerica4Monterry? #MLS4MONT? #Espindola4Suazo? I'm turning a new leaf after hearing some of the thoughts on the latest article at HTIOT. A win by Monterrey would help the exposure for North American soccer leagues. RSL fans, I'm sure you can get behind the idea of 'letting go' and rooting for Monterrey. We are all in this together. One continent, one team... unless Monterrey is knocked out. Then we root for the South American club... one hemisphere after all. When the Intergalactic Cup comes, you know I'll be rocking one world, one team.
On a serious note, congratulations to Real Salt Lake. A CONCACAF Champions League run for my club is something I can only dream as a Chicago Fire fan right now. RSL has become an organization that is top class in just a few short years. What soccer team can boast a 37 game home unbeaten streak at home when all finances are at an even playing field? Real Salt Lake had to go to the class of another league to find someone who could challenge them. All MLS clubs should be having a meeting tomorrow asking themselves 'Where are we on our path to the CONCACAF Champions League trophy and why wasn't our team there last night?'. That question better be on the lips of the Fire front office to go along with their morning coffee. Champions or not, Real Salt Lake has thrown down the gauntlet. MLS teams, are you going to continue to be content sitting on the sidelines rooting other teams when they make it to the international stage? Or are you going to take this moment to figure out what you did wrong? You better believe that Real Salt Lake is going to be asking what is wrong tomorrow morning. For that, they are already winners no matter what happened tonight.