CCL Quarterfinal go on sale Tuesday

Black & Gold hosts Real Salt Lake in first leg of two-game series on Tuesday, Feb. 22, at 8 p.

Emmanual Ekpo set to take on RSL on Feb 22

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The Columbus Crew announced today that tickets for the home leg of its CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinal series vs. Real Salt Lake will go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, Jan. 18, at 10 a.m., at the Crew Stadium Box Office, all central Ohio Ticketmaster retail locations, via Ticketmaster phone at 1-800-745-3000 and on-line at TheCrew.com, following the completion of an exclusive pre-sale opportunity being extended to Crew Soccer Nation members.

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Ticket prices start at $25 for the Feb. 22 match that is slated to kick off at 8 p.m. at Crew Stadium. The second game of the two-game, home-and-home total-goals match-up will be played at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, on March 1. The winner of the series will become the first MLS club to advance to the Champions League Semifinals, where it will face the winner of the Olimpia (Honduras) vs. Saprissa (Costa Rica) series on March 14 and April 4.

"This quarterfinal is a unique opportunity for the Crew to do something that no other MLS team has accomplished," said Crew President & General Manager Mark McCullers. "It's also a unique opportunity for Crew fans to see their team live in February, which is typically a time of year when the only soccer to watch is televised from abroad. We really need our fans to be there to cheer us on and help us achieve this milestone."

The Crew advanced to the quarterfinals by finishing second in Group B with 12 points, one behind Santos Laguna of Mexico, while Real Salt Lake topped Group A with 13 points.

The CONCACAF Champions League is the confederation’s annual club championship which features 24 teams from CONCACAF’s three sub-regions: North America, Central America and the Caribbean. The top two teams from each group qualified for the Championship Round. The Final Round, to be held in late April 2011, will also be two-legged, home-and-away.

The eventual champion will qualify for the prestigious seven-team FIFA Club World Cup – which annually pits each continental confederation’s champion against the others – in December 2011.