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Confederations Cup 2013: Samba Partners (plus more CCL qualifying)

Let’s say you find yourself on CONCACAF’s negotiating team for the 2016 Copa América. You know that CONMEBOL primarily have financial gain in mind with their scheme to host this centennial edition in the US, and that they need your cooperation to make it happen. To be fair, they will …

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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, …

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CCL 2013-14 Qualifiers: At the Doorstep (Plus: one AFC champion, coming right up)

Ask Monterrey fans what is the biggest match this weekend, and they will most likely point to the close of the Apertura regular season, as the rayados visit Cruz Azul in need of at least a draw (and some help) in order to reach the playoffs. While they are justifiably …

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2011 in Review: 10 Best CCL Games of the Year, Part II

In an average calendar year in our region, one CONCACAF Champions League ends in April and another begins in July. As a result, our champion is among the first teams to qualify for the Club World Cup, along with the O-League winner. It also means that if I want to …

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CCL 2012-13 Qualifiers: MLS Semifinals

On Sunday, November 6, two matches will take place in Major League Soccer. The winners of each will move on to the MLS Cup Final, which (to the dismay of Supporter’s Shield purists) is the league’s championship game. So why would there be any controversy about this entry’s title? As …

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CCL 2012-13 Qualifiers: MLS Quarterfinals, Part II

Last Saturday, the Seattle Sounders took the field in Rio Tinto Stadium, a venue in which they achieved a streak-busting 2-1 victory on their last visit, to face off against the lower-seeded Real Salt Lake. While Sigi Schmid’s side had finished the regular season with a run that led to …

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CCL 2012-13 Qualifiers: MLS Quarterfinals, Part I

For tournaments that feed into the Gold Cup and the Champions League, my normal practice is to begin focusing on them when teams are two stages away from qualifying. The MLS playoffs are now at that point, since both MLS Cup finalists qualify for the CCL. After an unexpectedly tepid …

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World Cup 2014: E-Round Matchday 3 Review (Plus, a CCL Update)

Sooner or later it was bound to happen: just under half of yesterday’s World Cup qualifiers in our region ended in blowouts*, only one of them (Haiti’s 7-0 thrashing of the US Virgin Islands) motivated by the need to overtake a high-scoring rival. At least we still have yet to …

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CCL 2012-13 Qualifiers: An American Two-For-One

The Los Angeles Galaxy are only scheduled to play one game on “Super Tuesday”; but they will have two shots at qualifying for the next Champions League. Wait, what? Now, before you start ranting about even more preferential treatment for the so-called Superclub (not to dissuade you from doing so; …

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CCL 2012-13 Qualifiers: Supporter’s Shield, Take 1

Newer readers may ask: why we are talking about a tournament that will not start until nine months from now? First, because the teams that get to play in next season’s CONCACAF Champions League do not appear out of thin air; rather, they earn their spots through the various leagues …