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CCL MatchDay 1: The Machine comes to Kansas City

03/12/2014 9:04 AM

03/12/2014 9:20 AM

Cruz Azul is easily the best club team to play a competitive game in Kansas City. Montpellier and Chivas Guadalajara both visited for friendlies. Roma was here for an All-Star Game.

The Machine (or La Maquina as they are known in Mexico) are deeper than Real Salt Lake and have bigger pockets than the Los Angeles Galaxy — the two best teams, in my opinion, that KC has previously hosted.

So, it stands to reason that Kansas City will have its hands full tonight.

I already blogged about the strong squad

The Machine (that's their nickname) have brought to Kansas City. Will all of them play? Maybe. Maybe not.

You won't confuse me with a Cruz Azul expert (basically, I know how to Google and search YouTube). But, I don't think you bring a bunch of first-team players and sit them on the bench. I mean, they are playing the best team in Major League Soccer after all. "America's Team."