Tag Archives: concacaf

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WC 2014 First Round Update

Blink and you’ll miss it: while FIFA only has the Belize-Montserrat series registered on its Preliminaries site, and CONCACAF’s main page is fully focused on the Gold Cup, the latter did post the schedule for the first round of World Cup qualifying on its “World Cup” page only. UPDATE: FIFA …

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Gold Cup 2011 Preview, Matchday One

I do realize that this entry would be more appropriate to release on Friday or Saturday, ahead of the opening match between Costa Rica and Cuba in Dallas on Sunday. In my defense, I don’t have much of a choice: after tomorrow I will be offline for a week while …

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WC 2014 Qualifying: Hold Your Horses [Updated]

The last time the Regional Review reported on qualifying for Brazil 2014, I mentioned that the first-round playoffs would start on Friday, June 3. So then, the next World Cup is starting in three days! And of course, FIFA has already set up its Match Center for the preliminary matches …

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CCL 2011-12 Qualifiers: Dr. Chimilio Speaks Out on Belize’s Exclusion

This afternoon I browsed the website of the Football Federation of Belize (FFB) as part of a brief investigation for another entry, to be posted later today. However, I could not ignore the statement published by the sultan of Belizean football, Dr. Bertie Chimilio, regarding CONCACAF’s vetoing the FFB’s National …

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CCL Feedback from the Defending Champion

In the CONCACAF Champions League era, Monterrey is the first defending champion to qualify for the next tournament. For that matter, Monterrey is the first former champion to return to the CCL – both Atlante (2008-09 winners) and Pachuca (2009-10) have only played on the continental stage on one occasion …

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In Defense of Away Goals, and Attacking Lazy Journalism

At 10:18pm EST during MLSSoccer’s coverage of the Saprissa-Real Salt Lake match this week, former US defender, MLS Superclub wrecker and current analyst Alexi Lalas wrote: I will have to disagree with him on the idea of implementing away goals in the MLS playoffs, for the reason that such a …

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Part 0: Why now?

As you will tell immediately from the dates, facts and anecdotes shared in the entries of this blog series, all of the articles that I now publish were originally written about a year ago, to the month. So then, why wait until now to share them here on BigSoccer? The …