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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 d√©nouement; and …

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In which people are surprised at CONCACAF’s tolerance for inclement weather

The US national team’s 1-0 victory over Costa Rica in a Colorado snowstorm last night has left more than a handful of observers absolutely livid. The Costa Rican Football Federation announced plans to file two complaints with FIFA: a long-shot at replaying the match, and a demand that a lengthy …

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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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When Helping Yourself Goes Wrong

As of right now, the Apertura tournaments in Honduras, Mexico, Costa Rica and Panama are all at the playoff stage. The latter three will be covered here during this weekend, since the clubs involved are now two rounds away from claiming a spot in next season’s CONCACAF Champions League. But …

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If FAS Was Selling, Who Was Buying? [Updated]

Those of you who followed Real Salt Lake’s run in the last CONCACAF Champions League from the beginning will remember the curious allegations made by Arabe Unido: that “certain people” offered them a guaranteed win in their away match at RSL for 10,000 US dollars. From what I can tell, …

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CCL 2011-12 Qualifiers: Last Call in Latin America

Before any Puerto Ricans get on my case, I will clear this up from the start: for the purpose of this entry, I am using the definition of “Latin America” as the mainland countries, from Mexico to the Southern Cone, leaving the Caribbean in its own category. Not to say …

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CCL 2011-12 Qualifiers: Costa Rican, Honduran Finals

The second leg of the Saprissa-San Carlos series merits the kind of question that the reporters on ESPN’s Around the Horn would consider: did San Carlos win the series (with two golazos, to be fair), or did Saprissa lose it (by failing to score at home)? Either way, el Monstruo …

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CCL 2011-12 Qualifiers: Canadian, Honduran Semis Begin Tomorrow

The current CONCACAF Champions League is set to come to close tomorrow night, and you’re anxious because a) you’re a fan of one of the teams and you can’t wait to see your guys write a glorious new chapter in the club’s history b) you’re a fan of MLS in …

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CCL 2011-12 Qualifiers: Honduran Playoffs Set

While the eyes of our region turn toward tonight’s showdown in Nuevo Leon, Mexico, I will take a second to highlight some significant movement a bit further south. According to Soccerway (my usual source for all things Honduran futbol, La Prensa, is currently transfixed on the Copa del Rey final), …