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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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CCL 2013-14 Qualifiers: At the Doorstep (Plus: one AFC champion, coming right up)

Ask Monterrey fans what is the biggest match this weekend, and they will most likely point to the close of the Apertura regular season, as the rayados visit Cruz Azul in need of at least a draw (and some help) in order to reach the playoffs. While they are justifiably …

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CCL 2013-14 Qualifiers: History vs. Novelty

The Champions League has been on Kansas City’s mind all year. When Graham Zusi, Teal Bunbury and C.J. Sapong got called up for the US national team’s friendly in Panama City, their club coach Peter Vermes remarked that the experience gained would serve Sporting KC well in future international competitions. …

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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: An American Two-For-One

The Los Angeles Galaxy are only scheduled to play one game on “Super Tuesday”; but they will have two shots at qualifying for the next Champions League. Wait, what? Now, before you start ranting about even more preferential treatment for the so-called Superclub (not to dissuade you from doing so; …

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CCL 2012-13 Qualifiers: Supporter’s Shield, Take 1

Newer readers may ask: why we are talking about a tournament that will not start until nine months from now? First, because the teams that get to play in next season’s CONCACAF Champions League do not appear out of thin air; rather, they earn their spots through the various leagues …

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CCL 2012-13 Qualifiers: US Open Cup Semifinals

After all of two weeks of group play in the current CONCACAF Champions League, we take a pause to highlight the chase for the first spot in next year’s tournament. A curiosity, yes, but also one of the benefits of following football in our region: no matter what the time …

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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 …

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CCL 2011-12: Draw Date Announced

Mark your calendars: the draw for both the preliminary matches and the four groups of the 2011-12 CONCACAF Champions League will be conducted on Wednesday, May 18. It does bear pointing out that unless CONCACAF breaks form for this event, we will find out the results of the draw when …