(Tuesday, July 31, 2007) -- Major League Soccer will have at least one team and could possibly have three representatives in the semifinals of the lucrative Superliga 2007, an inaugural event featuring four clubs from the American league and four from the Mexican League.
Billed as a multi-million-dollar tournament, the champion earns $1 million.
Group play ends with two matches tonight and two tomorrow night. In Group A tonight, first there is a meeting of MLS teams, followed by a game between Mexican clubs. The Los Angeles Galaxy visits FC Dallas tonight at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas, at 8 p.m. (ET) with CD Guadalajara and CF Pachuca playing at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo., at 10 p.m.
Group B is completed tomorrow night, also with two MLS team pitted together first, followed by a match between Mexican teams. The Houston Dynamo hosts D.C. United at Robertston Stadium at 8 p.m., followed by Club América facing Monarcas Morelia at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill., at 10 p.m.
All four games will be broadcast by Spanish-language Telefutura.
The top two teams in each group advance to the semifinals. The sites and times of the semifinals and championship match have not been announced. Only Club América, which has lost twice, is eliminated from advancement.
Either the Galaxy or FC Dallas will advance to the semifinals. Guadalajara, popularly known as Chivas, leads Group A at 1-0-1 with four points and a plus-1 goal differential, followed by Los Angeles (1-1, 3 points, 0 goal differential), Dallas (0-0-2, 2, 0) and Pachuca (0-1-1, minus-1)
The scenarios for advancement are many. In Group A:
A win or a tie by Guadalajara against Pachuca would assure Chivas a spot in the semifinals.
A victory by the Galaxy against FC Dallas would qualify the winner for a spot in the semifinals. If the Galaxy ties, it would need a loss or tie by Pachuca in the other group match for the Galaxy to be guaranteed of moving on.
If FC Dallas defeats Los Angeles, it would qualify for the semifinals.
If Pachuca defeats Guadalajara and either the Galaxy or Dallas wins, then Pachuca moves to the semifinals.
If Pachuca wins and Los Angeles and Dallas draw, the three teams would have four points, necessitating a tiebreaker, which is described following the Group B possibilities.
D.C. United and the Houston Dynamo are tied atop Group B at 1-0-1 with four points, each with a plus-1 goal differential. Morelia is next at 0-0-2 with two points and a zero goal differential, with Club América (0-2-0, 0, minus-2) bringing up the rear.
Either United or the Dynamo will advance to the semifinals. The Group B scenarios are:
Both MLS teams will advance to the semifinals if Morelia loses or draws against América.
If Morelia wins and United and Houston draw, all three clubs would have five points and necessitate a tiebreaker
If Morelia wins by a score of 1-0 and United and the Dynamo draw 1-1, all three teams would be tied with five points and a tiebreaker would be required.
If Morelia wins by two or more goals, while United and Houston draw, Morelia would win the group with Houston and D.C. drawing lots to see which advances.
The tiebreakers are as follows:
1. Head-to-head competition between the tied clubs.
2. Difference between goals for and goals against from all group matches.
3. Most goals scored from all group matches.
4. Drawing of lots.