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CCL 2013-14 Qualifiers: One Last Go-Around

This weekend, we will discover four new participants in the upcoming CONCACAF Champions League. The semifinals will wrap up in Mexico, and a pair of Clausura finals will determine the second representatives for Honduras and Panama. The current Salvadoran, Costa Rican and Canadian tournaments are also approaching their dénouement; and …

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Welcome to the Rayado Empire

We should have seen it coming. Yes, the first 150 minutes of the 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League Final served to display Pedro Caixinha’s vision for Santos Laguna: a team not as spectacularly attack-minded as under previous coaches, but one based on solid and organized defending, holding on just long enough …

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Champions League: Final, Qualifiers and Rumors of Qualifiers (Update: CFU confirmed)

I originally planned to begin this entry with a few words on the significance of the 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League Final, the first leg of which will take place tonight in Torreon. I had planned to note that while the CCL does not definitively determine which club is the strongest …

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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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Caribbean and Club World Cup: One Game from History

By this time on Thursday, the entire discussion of football in our region may change. In the Caribbean, no fewer than three teams stand only 90 minutes, only one victory away from establishing a name for themselves in next year’s Gold Cup, rallying their expatriate communities in the US who …

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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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Champions League 2011-12: Road to the Title

The normal convention here at BigSoccer is not to spoil results for those who may have planned on watching the game on tape delay, so fair warning: by clicking on the link for this entry, you agree that either 1) you know how the second leg of the 2011-12 CONCACAF …

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

At the beginning of this year, after watching the ball drop in New York, I stayed up a bit and decided to write up some of my favorite memories from 2010. I published them to rave reviews…two, to be exact. But since a thumbs-up from Dan Loney is just one …

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Club World Cup 2011: Damage Control (Plus, Midweek Potpourri)

Remember what I said last week about Monterrey having a shot at international glory? Unfortunately, the rayados took the first step on the global stage and fell flat on their faces. Before we get into how they let their league, country and region down, let us remember a couple of …