The 2013-14 CONCACAF Quarterfinals are set and the suits at CONCACAF headquarters must be popping champagne as the three remaining MLS teams are set to take on the three remaining Liga MX teams. In the case of the LA Galaxy in comes in the form of a California Clasico against Club Tijuana, except this time LA is the NorCal team.
Things have changed since the LA Galaxy took on Liga MX 2012 Apertura Champion Tijuana in a preseason friendly that the Galaxy won 6-2. Tijuana now has US national team and former Galaxy player Herculez Gomez and former LA Galaxy academy player Paul Arriola on its squad. Club TJ are still quite popular in San Diego, and likely both legs will have solid home and away attendance.
Three MLS teams out of four won their group, but to a large degree this was an issue of timing. With the final match day in the group stage taking place during the final week of the MLS regular season, the eliminated San Jose Earthquakes were the only team able of winning their final group match. The Galaxy's 4-0 loss to Isidro Metapan dropped them from fourth place to sixth all on goal differential.
The LA Galaxy will host the first leg against Tijuana sometime between March 11th and March 13th. The return leg will take place in Tijuana between March 18th and 20th. With the 2014 MLS schedule not yet released, it's unknown whether there will be any conflicts.
Should LA make it past Tijuana they'll face the winner of Cruz Azul vs. Sporting Kansas City. It all came down to the final match day, but CONCACAF looks like they'll have some intriguing match ups come next March. Hopefully something can be worked out at the StubHub Center to give LA vs. Tijuana the full crowd it deserves.