Tag Archives: nicaragua

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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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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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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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CCL 2012-13 Qualifiers: A Matter of Time for Estelí

Last year, on the night before my birthday, I switched to Fox Soccer Channel on a friend’s TV in order to catch the start of Real Estelí-Toronto FC. The game itself promised to be enthralling: Milos Kocic had gifted an away goal in the first leg of this CONCACAF Champions …

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2011 in Review: Extra Reflections

With the last entry of this series, I wanted to pass on some thoughts on the most interesting developments happening in our region as we head into 2012. Fortunately, they can be divided up neatly by CONCACAF subregion, so we will go through them in geographic order. But first, I …

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CCL 2012-13 Qualifiers: Room for Four

The last relevant matches of 2011 in our region will take place over the weekend; and unfortunately, Monterrey have nothing to do with it. Before we get to Central America, however, one last word on a little-publicized milestone that the rayados achieved in Japan. Their candidacy for the Club World …

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CCL 2012-13 Qualifiers: Finals and More Finals

On Sunday, the reigning CONCACAF Champions League winner will finally make their debut on the global stage, as Monterrey take on Kashiwa Reysol. We will revisit them tomorrow, but this weekend also features domestic championships involving teams that can make the Club World Cup – two years from now, at …

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A New Era in CONCACAF

In any football tournament that features both group and knockout stages, the majority of matches take place in the former. Think about the World Cup finals: by the time the last games in Group G or H are done and the Round of 16 is set, 75% of the fixtures …

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CCL 2011-12: Nicaragua Video, At Last

As is my custom, I usually post videos of the matches in which teams from the more obscure domestic leagues in our region clinch their places in the next Champions League. Unfortunately, in the case of the Caribbean, I have not found anything from the Final Round of the CFU …