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CCL 2013-14 Qualifiers: End of the Road

Monterrey’s 2012 Club World Cup run will finish just like their previous one: in a consolation match against North African opposition. Such an assertion admittedly overlooks the clear improvement in the rayados’ performance over last year. Yes, Chelsea threatened to play them off the field in the first 20 minutes; …

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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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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 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 …

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World Cup Preview: 2014 Semifinal Round, Matchday 3

How much panic is justifiable after a rough start? Following the first two matchdays of the semifinal round in June, Honduras and El Salvador found themselves in third place in their respective groups, three points away from safety, with fans from both countries openly worrying about a premature end to …

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World Cup Preview: 2014 Semifinal Round, Matchday 1

If this is the first time that you are paying attention to World Cup qualifying in our region (for the 2014 tournament, that is), you may be surprised to find out that more than half of the fixtures have already been played. Between the first and elementary rounds, the smaller …

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CCL 2012-13 Qualifiers: Crowns-R-Us

Unfortunately, I will only be able to provide a bare-bones outline for this weekend’s marquee matches in our region; preparations for an upcoming trip and a surprise visit from family combined to eat up my free time over the last two days. But given the number of championship matches set …

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CCL 2012-13 Qualifiers: Long Live The Table

I doubt it will cause too much controversy to assert that since Chuck Blazer’s departure on New Year’s Eve, CONCACAF’s new management has been notably tardy with official announcements vis-à-vis its major tournaments. An example for those who regularly follow the CONCACAF Champions League, like myself: when was the last …

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CCL 2012-13 Qualifiers: The King, or the Emperor? (Update: El Salvador Situation Explained)

In a month’s time, the domestic leagues in our corner of the world will give way to the undisputed main course of the year, World Cup qualifying. Before we get to talking about Chicharito, Dempsey, Luis Tejada and co., there are still seven tantalizing championships (of continental relevance) to be …

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CCL 2012-13 Qualifiers: One More Step

I should start this entry by apologizing for having let the second matchday in Group Five of the CFU Club Champions Cup slip under the radar. Unfortunately, the end of the (graduate) school semester got in the way of what, I can assure you, is much more enjoyable work here; …