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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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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 Preview: Tecazo, Coronazo or Business as Usual

Three times in history, US clubs have won competitive matches in Mexico. Three times in history, US clubs have eliminated Mexican opposition in home-and-away series. The next US team to achieve both at the same time, however, will be the first. If the LA Galaxy or Seattle Sounders aim to …

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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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Everything I wanted to say last week

How ’bout them Sounders? By now, those of you who follow the CONCACAF Champions League and/or MLS are likely aware of Seattle’s historic 3-1 quarterfinal victory (3-2 aggregate) over the 10 men chosen by coach Ricardo “Tuca” Ferretti to represent Tigres…plus one who is unlikely to ever again receive the …

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Champions League 2012-13: Home Stands, or Lack Thereof

Monterrey took a commanding lead, the Galaxy snatched a draw from their road trip and the remaining games ended in slim victories for the hosts. Welcome to last year’s CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals. To be fair, one can identify a few novelties with this week’s events. Besides the new faces …

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Champions League Preview: Back on the Continental Trail

By the time this entry is published, most football fans will be recovering from proceedings at Old Trafford, where two of the world’s most storied clubs fought for advancement to the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals. For supporters of the LA Galaxy, Houston Dynamo and the Seattle Sounders, imagine if it …

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Champions League 2012-13: Bracket Set

This is why I advocated a ranking system. Tonight’s match between Isidro Metapan and the LA Galaxy served as an excellent example of the excitement that can be generated under this format. If CONCACAF had decided to continue with the practice of a knockout-round draw, with the angelinos having already …

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Champions League Preview: 2012-13 Group Stage, Matchday 6

At this point, only three teams have guaranteed their place in the knockout round. With one game left, all of them still have work to do in order to climb the rankings, while the remaining five CONCACAF Champions League matches comprise de facto finals between the clubs defending their perch …