October 16, 2012; Kansas City, KS, USA; USA defender Michael Parkhurst (2) and USA defender Carlos Bocanegra (3) head the ball during the first half of the soccer match against Guatemala at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

12/19 Soccer News and Notes: CONCACAF CL Quarterfinals, Parkhurst On the Move

Today CONCACAF announced the schedule for its Champions League quarterfinals that begin in early March.  Three teams from Major League Soccer are still alive and the competition will resume when the Houston Dynamo host Herculez Gomez and Santos Laguna on March 5th.  The second leg will take place in Mexico on March 13th.  The Seattle Sounders will travel to Mexico to take on Tigres on March 6th with the return leg in the Pacific Northwest on March 12th.  The Los Angeles Galaxy will also start the quarterfinals on the road in Costa Rica on March 7th.  The Home Depot Center will host the second leg on March 13th.

Each team will take part in MLS opening weekend either March 2nd or 3rd.  

Michael Parkhurst is making a move to Germany from Danish side Nordsjaelland.  He has spent four years there, but recently showed he could play against top competition in the UEFA

Champions League.  His new home will be FC Augsburg in the German Bundesliga, a side currently in 17th place fighting for relegation.  Some will snarl at the move as lateral, but it is a move into a top league.  Now as he slots into right back, Parkhurst will be looking to help Augsburg avoid being sent back to 2. Bundesliga.  They will be fighting Fabian Johnson and Danny Williams of Hoffenheim to get out of the bottom three. Augsburg’s first match after the new year will be a good chance for a win against Fortuna Düsseldorf.  Parkhurst made his wishes clear in a recent interview with Soccer By Ives, and it seems they came true.

In case you are keeping track, the U.S. Men’s National Team finished the year ranked 28th in the FIFA World Rankings.  That is up six positions from 2011.

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