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The Rules: Spell It Out

Normally, with a heap of de facto CONCACAF Champions League qualifiers set to take place this weekend in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, I would focus today’s primary article on the upcoming fixtures: parsing out which teams are in need of a particular result, who stands to benefit from …

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CCL 2012-13 Qualifiers: When the Champion Goes Missing

May tends to be one of the more exciting months of the year for football in our region. Why is this the case? At the end of April, around half the berths in the next CONCACAF Champions League remain vacant, to be filled through one playoff-saturated weekend after another (to …

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Champions League Preview: 2011-12 Semifinals, First Leg (Plus: More CCL Qualifying)

This evening, the CONCACAF Champions League reaches the business end. For the four remaining competitors, only a quartet of matches remain between them and a prestigious appearance among the champions of Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania and South America at the next Club World Cup in Japan. A couple of teams …

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2011 in Review: 5 Best Gold Cup Matches

This year’s Gold Cup, the golden goose showpiece event for our region, was the most bizarre tournament I have ever seen. The opening two matchdays featured three blowouts, followed by a scoreless draw; then, the Mexican federation pulled five players for testing positive for Clembuterol, a black eye for Mexico’s …

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CCL 2012-13 Qualifiers: Room for Four

The last relevant matches of 2011 in our region will take place over the weekend; and unfortunately, Monterrey have nothing to do with it. Before we get to Central America, however, one last word on a little-publicized milestone that the rayados achieved in Japan. Their candidacy for the Club World …

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CCL 2012-13 Qualifiers: Finals and More Finals

On Sunday, the reigning CONCACAF Champions League winner will finally make their debut on the global stage, as Monterrey take on Kashiwa Reysol. We will revisit them tomorrow, but this weekend also features domestic championships involving teams that can make the Club World Cup – two years from now, at …

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CCL 2012-13 Qualifiers: Débutant Double

In a typical qualifying cycle for the CONCACAF Champions League, 11 clubs guarantee their spot in the competition before New Year’s Day. To date, only the four US teams have assured themselves of continental play next season. What does that mean for us? A few weekends like this one, with …

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More "How They Got Here" Videos

Given that the US and Mexico are the only countries whose leagues already get broadcasted on TV throughout our region, I’ll share a few more videos of how teams from the rest of CONCACAF made it to the Champions League. This last weekend saw the Clausura tournaments in each of …

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CCL 2011-12 Qualifiers: All Aboard!

The next CCL train is almost ready to go. This weekend, we’ll be making a few pickups in Mexico and Central America. Then on Wednesday, we’ll get our seating order – and kick out any ticket-less freeloaders (and by ticket, of course I mean “suitable stadium”). The week after that, …

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CCL 2011-12 Qualifiers: Finalists Decided, But Miss Out on Grand Prize

El Salvador’s semifinals finished half an hour ago – I would have posted earlier, but the Tempete-Caledonia match in Haiti’s going into extra time as I write. Alianza drew against Luis Angel Firpo 1-1, tying the series at 2-2 and moving on to the Final based on regular-season record. In …