Tag Archives: mls

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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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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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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 2013-14 Qualifiers: Comparative Playoffs

Class, here are the two cases we will consider today: In Country A, the league playoffs are set up as home-and-away series from the quarterfinals on (with the exception of the Final). This year, with only one exception, the higher seed has been eliminated every time. In Country B, the …

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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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CCL 2013-14 Qualifiers: Three Shots (Plus: FULL Hexagonal Calendar)

Let me start by getting some housecleaning out of the way: due to a large influx of spam, I have resorted to emptying the folder without thumbing through the dozens of pages for a legitimate entry that might have ended up there by mistake. If you have submitted a comment …