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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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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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World Cup Preview: The (False) Start

Four years ago to the month, Costa Rica began the final round of continental qualifying for the World Cup finals in the best way possible: defeating archrivals Honduras 2-0 at the Estadio Saprissa. The game did not lend itself to assertions of superiority, as Rodrigo Kenton’s side labored to establish …

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Confederations Cup 2013: Samba Partners (plus more CCL qualifying)

Let’s say you find yourself on CONCACAF’s negotiating team for the 2016 Copa América. You know that CONMEBOL primarily have financial gain in mind with their scheme to host this centennial edition in the US, and that they need your cooperation to make it happen. To be fair, they will …

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CCL 2013-14 Qualifiers: Comparative Playoffs

Class, here are the two cases we will consider today: In Country A, the league playoffs are set up as home-and-away series from the quarterfinals on (with the exception of the Final). This year, with only one exception, the higher seed has been eliminated every time. In Country B, the …

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CCL and Gold Cup Qualifiers: Let the Madness Begin

The most fallacious argument a Eurosnob can provide against deciding a league champion through playoffs is asserting, “That’s not how it’s done in the rest of the world!” In the only part of the world that actually matters to him or her, this may be true; but in our region, …

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World Cup Preview: 2014 Semifinal Round, Matchday 5

On one hand, a full year of matches against the best our region has to offer, practically-guaranteed sellouts at every game, overwhelming media coverage and the opportunity to either qualify outright for the World Cup finals or face a less-than-intimidating playoff with the Oceania representative. On the other, four months …

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World Cup Preview: 2014 Semifinal Round, Matchday 4

Up in Canada, all the talk over the last few days has revolved around the typically Central American reception extended to their national team in Panama City. Journalists have posted videos of the raucous “street parties”, players have joked about the atmosphere, and the Canadian Soccer Association (via Twitter) has …