MLS’s Galaxy and Revolution to Battle Latin American Powerhouses Club América and...

MLS’s Galaxy and Revolution to Battle Latin American Powerhouses Club América and Saprissa for Continental Soccer Supremacy

Exclusive champions’ cup quarterfinal action kicks off Wednesday, February 22


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Los Angeles, CA–(HISPANIC
PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–February 16, 2006–Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Sports
en Español announced today the return of the CONCACAF Champions’ Cup.
The 2006 edition will once again be televised exclusively by the two networks,
starting with coverage of first-leg quarterfinal matches on February 22 and 23.
The tournament will be aired in English on Fox Soccer Channel and in Spanish on
Fox Sports en Español.

The eight-team field for
the 2006 CONCACAF Champions’ Cup includes Mexico’s Club América
and CD Toluca, defending champion Deportivo Saprissa and LD Alajuelense of Costa
Rica, Honduras’s CD Olímpia, Portmore United of Jamaica, and Major
League Soccer’s New England Revolution and Los Angeles Galaxy.

“The CONCACAF Champions’
Cup is one of the crown jewels of international soccer,” said David Sternberg,
executive vice president and general manager of Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Sports
en Español. “We’re proud to be the exclusive television home
of the longest-running international competition in the region, as it is the
perfect complement to our networks’ best-in-class year-round coverage of
global soccer.”

Latin American Teams Look
for Repeat Success

Last year, Mexican sides
Monterrey and Pumas lost in the semifinals and finals, respectively, to eventual
2005 CONCACAF Champions’ Cup winner Saprissa. As a result, Saprissa moved
on to the FIFA Club World Championship last December in Japan, where it achieved
an outstanding third place finish. Pumas, last year’s CONCACAF Champions’
Cup runner-up, went on to compete in the 2005 Copa Nissan Sudamericana, and
against all expectations made it to the final before losing to Argentina’s
Boca Juniors on penalty kicks.

This year, Saprissa and
Olímpia are back to take another shot at the title, while CD Toluca will
be making their first appearance at the CONCACAF Champions’ Cup since walking
away with the coveted crown in 2003. Club América, Alajuelense and Portmore
United were not in last year’s competition, but are all hungry for success on
the international stage.

Club América leads
the field with four Champions’ Cup titles, but hasn’t won since 1992.
Saprissa has won the title three times dating back to 1993, while 2004 champion
LD Alajuelense, Olímpia and Toluca each have hoisted the trophy twice.

MLS Teams in Position to
Crash the Party

No strangers to the CONCACAF
Champions’ Cup, 2000 Champions’ Cup and 2005 MLS champions Los Angeles
Galaxy are looking to continue their meteoric ascent on the international scene.
To do so, however, they’ll need to get past quarterfinal series opponent

The New England Revolution,
the 2005 MLS Eastern Conference Champions, will make their second-ever appearance
in the Champions’ Cup this year. They’ll face a familiar foe in LD
Alajuelense in the quarterfinals; the teams have faced each other twice during
the past four years. In 2003, the Costa Rican powerhouse defeated the Revs in
the tournament’s round of 16.

Aside from the Galaxy, 1998
Champions’ Cup winner DC United is the only other MLS team to have ever
achieved the continental honor.

The Champions’ Cup
quarterfinal winners will advance to the two-legged semifinal series, which
will take place March 21-23 and March 28-30. The winners of the semifinal series
will then play for the 2006 CONCACAF Champions’ Cup on April 11-13 and
April 18-20 (exact dates and times to be announced).

The CONCACAF Champions’
Cup is the longest running international competition in the region and has crowned
the CONCACAF Confederation champion club since its inception in 1962. The winner
of the 2006 CONCACAF Champions’ Cup will again qualify to the FIFA Club World
Championship in Japan later this year. The Champions’ Cup runner-up will be
one of three CONCACAF invitees to the 2006 Copa Nissan Sudamericana.

2006 CONCACAF Champions’
Cup Quarterfinals Schedule*

       TIME (ET)
Wed, Feb 22 
   New England Revolution vs. LD Alajuelense   
Wed, Feb 22    
CD Olímpia vs. CF Toluca                    
Wed, Feb 22    
Portmore United vs. Club América            
Thurs, Feb 23  
LA Galaxy vs. Deportivo Saprissa           
Wed, Mar 8     
CF Toluca vs. CD Olímpia                    
Wed, Mar 8     
Club América vs. Portmore United             8:00PM
Wed, Mar 8      LD
Alajuelense vs. New England Revolution    9:00PM
Wed, Mar 8     
Deportivo Saprissa vs. LA Galaxy             9:00PM

*Home team is listed first
and all times are Eastern.  Telecast schedules will vary and not all games
will air live.

For a complete schedule
of Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Sports en Español’s exclusive telecasts
of the 2006 CONCACAF CHAMPIONS’ CUP, please visit or

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About Fox Sports en Español

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features more than 1,500 hours of live, exclusive sports programming in Spanish
and, with few exceptions, English SAP each year, including the Copa Toyota Libertadores,
Copa Nissan Sudamericana and InterLiga soccer tournaments; the Major League
Baseball playoffs, All-Star Game and World Series; and Championship boxing from
Mexico and the U.S. The channel reaches more than 7 million cable and satellite
households in the U.S.

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Sports LLC, an international sports programming and production entity jointly
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MLS’s Galaxy and Revolution to Battle Latin American Powerhouses Club América and Saprissa for Continental Soccer Supremacy