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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 …

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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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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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CCL 2012-13 Qualifiers: And We’re Off!

Yes, we have yet to complete the field for the upcoming Champions League and the United States is already well underway getting teams into next year’s competition. It should be pointed out, though, that this brand of “exceptionalism” stems from practical concerns rather than ideology. The best example of this …