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Champions League 2012-13: Bracket Set

This is why I advocated a ranking system. Tonight’s match between Isidro Metapan and the LA Galaxy served as an excellent example of the excitement that can be generated under this format. If CONCACAF had decided to continue with the practice of a knockout-round draw, with the angelinos having already …

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Champions League Preview: 2012-13 Group Stage, Matchday 6

At this point, only three teams have guaranteed their place in the knockout round. With one game left, all of them still have work to do in order to climb the rankings, while the remaining five CONCACAF Champions League matches comprise de facto finals between the clubs defending their perch …

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CCL 2013-14 Qualifiers: Just Rewards

On Sunday, at 7:00 p.m. (all times EDT), two bitter West Coast rivals will face off in an MLS regular season match with silverware on the line. In Vancouver? Let me clarify: with important silverware on the line. While the Whitecaps host the Portland Timbers in the last Cascadian Cup …

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CCL 2013-14 Qualifiers: Northern Upheaval

In the United States and Canada, something remarkably unusual occurred with qualifying for the current CONCACAF Champions League: the best teams from each country occupied all the available berths in the continental championship. While Toronto FC had already made themselves comfortable at the foot of the Major League Soccer table, …

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Champions League 2012-13: Matchday 5 Review

First of all, my apologies for the delay in posting this entry; a multitude of job hunt-related events conspired to consume my entire weekend. Fortunately, I know of at least one person who can sympathize: after Municipal’s directors decided that the club’s CONCACAF Champions League failure outweighed its comfortable position …

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Champions League Preview: 2012-13 Group Stage, Matchday 5

The first time that Monterrey earned the opportunity to test themselves on the global stage, the draw gave them the easiest possible path to earning a first-ever appearance for a CONCACAF club in a World Cup Final. The rayados would begin by taking on a host team venturing outside of …

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Champions League 2012-13: Matchday 4 Review

I had no idea Alvaro Saborio was a Beegees fan. In the dying embers of Real Salt Lake’s sub-par outing in Panama, with the Americans practically resigned to watching their attempt at Champions League redemption flicker out in Costa Rica, the tico drew a penalty out of the onrushing Tauro …

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Champions League Preview: 2012-13 Group Stage, Matchday 4

Want to hear something completely crazy? Toronto FC’s season may not be over yet. Of course, their quest to reach the MLS playoffs has been stalled for yet another year; and even among their compatriots, the 15-point gap between the Reds and the Vancouver Whitecaps leaves the latter requiring just …

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Champions League 2012-13: Matchday 3 Review

In my review of the current format for the CONCACAF Champions League, I suggested that Nicaraguan clubs stood to benefit directly from the reforms. The question of their readiness for increased exposure to continental play, however, had been left unaddressed. Real Esteli had left a good account of themselves in …

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Champions League Preview: 2012-13 Group Stage, Matchday 3

For anyone who missed the MLS-Mexican league showdowns or the numerous near-derbies between clubs from neighboring Central American countries featured in the old CONCACAF Champions League group stage, this matchday will be a sight for sore eyes. For the first and only time in this current round, a Mexican team …