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CCL 2013-14 Qualifiers: One Last Go-Around

This weekend, we will discover four new participants in the upcoming CONCACAF Champions League. The semifinals will wrap up in Mexico, and a pair of Clausura finals will determine the second representatives for Honduras and Panama. The current Salvadoran, Costa Rican and Canadian tournaments are also approaching their dénouement; and …

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Welcome to the Rayado Empire

We should have seen it coming. Yes, the first 150 minutes of the 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League Final served to display Pedro Caixinha’s vision for Santos Laguna: a team not as spectacularly attack-minded as under previous coaches, but one based on solid and organized defending, holding on just long enough …

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Champions League: Final, Qualifiers and Rumors of Qualifiers (Update: CFU confirmed)

I originally planned to begin this entry with a few words on the significance of the 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League Final, the first leg of which will take place tonight in Torreon. I had planned to note that while the CCL does not definitively determine which club is the strongest …

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World Cup 2014: In Which History Means Nothing

Honduras beat the US in a competitive home match for the first time ever. Mexico failed to win a World Cup match at the Azteca for the first time in ages. And a draw in Panama left the visitors thanking their lucky stars. Welcome to the new Hexagonal. While Grant …

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End-of-year reflections, because you can never have enough

Normally, my contribution to the bounty of 2012 in Review articles would have been published earlier, but the Apertura finals in Central America extended to the very last weekend of the year. While all the 2013-14 CONCACAF Champions League berths on offer before New Year’s Day have been claimed, the …

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World Cup 2014: Six Up, Six Down

If Jack Warner had been more successful, next year’s Hexagonal would never have happened. To elaborate, if his lobbying efforts within the FIFA Executive Committee had produced four straight World Cup berths for CONCACAF, the corresponding format proposed by Chuck Blazer would have expanded the final round of qualifying to …

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World Cup 2014: Semifinal Round, Matchday 5 Review

Unlike in the elementary round, when the six survivors were determined with a matchday to spare, none of the teams in position to guarantee their place in the Hexagonal alongside Mexico managed to do so. Panama will feel particularly aggrieved at having wasted the opportunity to win Group C outright, …

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World Cup Preview: 2014 Semifinal Round, Matchday 5

On one hand, a full year of matches against the best our region has to offer, practically-guaranteed sellouts at every game, overwhelming media coverage and the opportunity to either qualify outright for the World Cup finals or face a less-than-intimidating playoff with the Oceania representative. On the other, four months …

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World Cup 2014: Semifinal Round, Matchday 4 Review

As it turns out, the three-horse narrative held up. The expected minnows in each group (Antigua and Barbuda, Guyana and Cuba) lived down to their roles in defeat, racking up a cumulative record of 0-10-2 in this stage; and while the Leones del Caribe have already been eliminated from contention, …

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World Cup Preview: 2014 Semifinal Round, Matchday 4

Up in Canada, all the talk over the last few days has revolved around the typically Central American reception extended to their national team in Panama City. Journalists have posted videos of the raucous “street parties”, players have joked about the atmosphere, and the Canadian Soccer Association (via Twitter) has …