RSL chief Lagerwey: Champions League great opportunity for US soccer

Real Salt Lake general manager Garth Lagerwey insists winning the CONCACAF Champions League will be great for soccer in the USA.

RSL are one match away from glory in the North, Central American and Caribbean club competition and a victory or draw in the final of the second leg on Wednesday night will see them become champions.

They take on Mexican club Monterrey at Rio Tinto Stadium in Utah following the 2-2 first leg last week and Lagerwey has highlighted the importance of a win.

“That’s the opportunity that I think we have in front of us,” Lagerwey said.

“I think we have an event on that scale to put the world on notice that American soccer is taking another step forward.”

Lagerwey also compared his club to the situation the US national team found themselves in at the 2010 World Cup and does not want to walk away with unanswered questions.

“The US World Cup team got some press, but no matter how you view how that finished, everybody thought we could have beaten Ghana and everybody’s going to think the same thing – we could’ve beat Monterrey – if we don’t win this game,” he added.

 
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