Tag Archives: caribbean

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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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CCL 2013-14 Qualifiers: Blink and you’ll miss them

Which is the quickest path to the CONCACAF Champions League? The correct answer remains the Canadian Championship, as the Voyageurs’ Cup winner will claim their country’s sole berth after all of four matches. The Caribbean Football Union (CFU) apparently decided to compete for that particular honor, with the ongoing CFU …

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CONCACAF Expansion: How Much Could Change?

Back in February, on the eve of the Hexagonal, I briefly addressed news from the previous week involving a meeting between CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb and the Francophone associate members. Unsurprisingly, the representatives from the latter voiced their interest in becoming full members of both CONCACAF and FIFA; importantly, the …

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Champions League 2012-13: It really is that simple

Remember when MLS was clearly better than the Mexican league? Many of you may wonder if I hit my head during the process of writing this piece. Back in 2007, though, quite a few Major League Soccer aficionados were pounding their chests and claiming supremacy following the group stage of …

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Champions League: The Folly of Forgiveness

The team that scores the most goals wins. An analysis based only on that fundamental maxim of football admittedly borders on naivete; but in the case of this week’s CONCACAF Champions League matches, it offers the best and simplest explanation for why the remaining US sides will have to fight …

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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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Caribbean and Club World Cup: One Game from History

By this time on Thursday, the entire discussion of football in our region may change. In the Caribbean, no fewer than three teams stand only 90 minutes, only one victory away from establishing a name for themselves in next year’s Gold Cup, rallying their expatriate communities in the US who …

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The Comeback, ft. Monterrey, Trinidad and Tobago, Haiti and Saprissa

Second, third and fourth chances are the order of the day this weekend. On their second trip to Japan, 2011-12 CONCACAF Champions League winners Monterrey will attempt to make up for their underwhelming display last year, as well as become the first team from our region to reach the Club …

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CCL and Gold Cup Qualifiers: Let the Madness Begin

The most fallacious argument a Eurosnob can provide against deciding a league champion through playoffs is asserting, “That’s not how it’s done in the rest of the world!” In the only part of the world that actually matters to him or her, this may be true; but in our region, …