Tag Archives: uncaf

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CCL 2013-14 Qualifiers: Blink and you’ll miss them

Which is the quickest path to the CONCACAF Champions League? The correct answer remains the Canadian Championship, as the Voyageurs’ Cup winner will claim their country’s sole berth after all of four matches. The Caribbean Football Union (CFU) apparently decided to compete for that particular honor, with the ongoing CFU …

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CONCACAF Expansion: How Much Could Change?

Back in February, on the eve of the Hexagonal, I briefly addressed news from the previous week involving a meeting between CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb and the Francophone associate members. Unsurprisingly, the representatives from the latter voiced their interest in becoming full members of both CONCACAF and FIFA; importantly, the …

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Everything I wanted to say last week

How ’bout them Sounders? By now, those of you who follow the CONCACAF Champions League and/or MLS are likely aware of Seattle’s historic 3-1 quarterfinal victory (3-2 aggregate) over the 10 men chosen by coach Ricardo “Tuca” Ferretti to represent Tigres…plus one who is unlikely to ever again receive the …

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Champions League 2012-13: Home Stands, or Lack Thereof

Monterrey took a commanding lead, the Galaxy snatched a draw from their road trip and the remaining games ended in slim victories for the hosts. Welcome to last year’s CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals. To be fair, one can identify a few novelties with this week’s events. Besides the new faces …

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Champions League Preview: Back on the Continental Trail

By the time this entry is published, most football fans will be recovering from proceedings at Old Trafford, where two of the world’s most storied clubs fought for advancement to the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals. For supporters of the LA Galaxy, Houston Dynamo and the Seattle Sounders, imagine if it …

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World Cup 2014: In Which History Means Nothing

Honduras beat the US in a competitive home match for the first time ever. Mexico failed to win a World Cup match at the Azteca for the first time in ages. And a draw in Panama left the visitors thanking their lucky stars. Welcome to the new Hexagonal. While Grant …

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Gold Cup Qualifiers: At the Edge of the Wilderness

When the semifinal round of World Cup qualifying came to a close last year, Guatemala began the painful process of adapting to the sobering reality in front of them: while the likes of Honduras could anticipate 10 Hexagonal matches against the continent’s finest, the chapines only had three guaranteed fixtures …

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Gold Cup Qualifiers: The Last Shall Be First…Or Second (Plus: Reaction to Conrad-Gulati)

When I criticized the Copa Centroamericana last year, longtime reader slaminsams reacted by counseling patience, suggesting that the eventual Fifth-Place Match would get more exciting as Nicaragua and Belize improve their competitiveness. Now that the latest edition is headed towards Matchday 3, with no fewer than four Gold Cup berths …

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Gold Cup Qualifiers: Rivalries Galore

During my undergraduate studies, one of my close friends bought me a copy of The Ball is Round: A Global History of Soccer by David Goldblatt as a gift. Over the winter break, I thumbed through the book in search of useful tidbits on the development of the game in …

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End-of-year reflections, because you can never have enough

Normally, my contribution to the bounty of 2012 in Review articles would have been published earlier, but the Apertura finals in Central America extended to the very last weekend of the year. While all the 2013-14 CONCACAF Champions League berths on offer before New Year’s Day have been claimed, the …