Although there is another international break at hand throughout FIFA, action around CONCACAF remains nearly in full swing as playoffs continue in USSF Division-2, the regular season winds down in Major League Soccer and parity reigns supreme in numerous Central American leagues.
The USSF-D2 postseason continues with the second legs of the quarterfinal series, three concluding on Saturday with future MLS clubs Vancouver and Portland finishing up with the fourth on Sunday. Meanwhile, the races of interest in the top flight are at the top of the league table with the composition of the playoff field nearly set mathematically. The marquee match is Saturday when two clubs vying for conference titles, New York Red Bulls and Real Salt Lake meet in the Big Apple.
In Mexico, the lone remaining unbeaten in CONCACAF, Monterrey, wraps up the action on Sunday on the road versus America, but the marquee contest features Champions League sides squaring off as Primera Group C leader Cruz Azul travels to play Group B leader Toluca earlier in the day.
In Costa Rica Saturday, Group B leaders square off when second-place Herediano, trailing by five points, hosts leader Alajuelense with a chance to make up more than half the deficit.
In El Salvador, most of the Primera Division has the week off with only two make-up matches on the docket, one featuring Alianza, one of three co-leaders, playing host to mid-table Vista Hermosa, which sits only six points back in a league where the top five clubs are only separated by three points.
Another league featuring a lot of parity is the Liga Nacional in Honduras where the top eight clubs are separated by only four points. Nearly every contest will play a role in determining the league leader come Monday. Real Espana, which leads by a single point, plays host to eighth-place Vida.
In Panama, where the top five clubs are in a five-point span of one another, league-leading Sporting San Miguelito plays host to fourth-place Tauro and third-place Chorrillo travels to play CCL side Arabe Unido, which is fifth.
Guatemala is observing the international break.
MIDWEEK MATCH RESULTS
Wednesday – USSF-D2 Quarterfinals Leg 1 Montreal Impact 2-0 Austin Aztex… NSC Minnesota Stars 0-0 Carolina RailHawks… Mexico Chivas Guadalajara 0-1 Morelia… Costa Rica Puntarenas 1-1 Saprissa… Guatemala Malacateco 3-1 Juventud Retalteca… Penarol La Mesilla 1-0 Xelaju… Comunicaciones 4-1 Heredia… Suchitepequez 4-0 Mictlan… Universidad San Carlos 4-1 Municipal... Honduras Hispano 2-2 Marathon -- Thursday – USSF-D2 Quarterfinals Leg 1 Puerto Rico Islanders 2-0 Rochester Rhinos… Vancouver Whitecaps 2-0 Portland Timbers… MLS Philadelphia Union 0-1 Los Angeles Galaxy… Guatemala Marquense 1-0 Xinabajul… Honduras Olimpia 1-0 Vida
COMING UP AROUND CONCACAF
Friday, October 8
Major League Soccer: Columbus Crew @ Chicago Fire
Mexico: Puebla @ Necaxa
Saturday, October 9
USSF Division-2 Quarterfinals Leg 2: Puerto Rico Islanders @ Rochester Rhinos… NSC Minnesota Stars @ Carolina RailHawks… Montreal Impact @ Austin Aztex
Major League Soccer: Real Salt Lake @ New York Red Bulls… Colorado Rapids @ FC Dallas… San Jose Earthquakes @ DC United… Seattle Sounders @ Kansas City Wizards… Toronto FC @ Chivas USA
Mexico: Atlante @ Jaguares… Chivas Guadalajara @ Queretaro… Pumas UNAM @ Pachuca… Estudiantes Tecos @ Tigres UANL… San Luis @ Atlas
Costa Rica: Santos de Guapiles @ Brujas… Alajuelense @ Herediano
Honduras: Platense @ Victoria
Panama: Atletico Veraguense @ Atletico Chiriqui… Plaza Amador @ Alianza… Chepo @ San Francisco
Sunday, October 10
USSF Division-2 Quarterfinals Leg 2: Vancouver Whitecaps @ Portland Timbers
Major League Soccer: New England Revolution @ Houston Dynamo
Mexico: Cruz Azul @ Toluca… Santos Laguna @ Morelia… Monterrey @ America
Costa Rica: San Carlos @ Universidad de Costa Rica… Perez Zeledon @ Cartagines… Limon @ Saprissa… Puntarenas @ Barrio Mexico
El Salvador: Once Municipal @ FAS… Vista Hermosa @ Alianza
Honduras: Marathon @ Deportes Savio… Olimpia @ Hispano… Vida @ Real Espana… Necaxa @ Motagua
Panama: Tauro @ Sporting San Miguelito… Chorrillo @ Arabe Unido