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Champions League 2012-13: Bracket Set

This is why I advocated a ranking system. Tonight’s match between Isidro Metapan and the LA Galaxy served as an excellent example of the excitement that can be generated under this format. If CONCACAF had decided to continue with the practice of a knockout-round draw, with the angelinos having already …

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Champions League Preview: 2012-13 Group Stage, Matchday 6

At this point, only three teams have guaranteed their place in the knockout round. With one game left, all of them still have work to do in order to climb the rankings, while the remaining five CONCACAF Champions League matches comprise de facto finals between the clubs defending their perch …

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World Cup 2014: Six Up, Six Down

If Jack Warner had been more successful, next year’s Hexagonal would never have happened. To elaborate, if his lobbying efforts within the FIFA Executive Committee had produced four straight World Cup berths for CONCACAF, the corresponding format proposed by Chuck Blazer would have expanded the final round of qualifying to …

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World Cup 2014: Semifinal Round, Matchday 5 Review

Unlike in the elementary round, when the six survivors were determined with a matchday to spare, none of the teams in position to guarantee their place in the Hexagonal alongside Mexico managed to do so. Panama will feel particularly aggrieved at having wasted the opportunity to win Group C outright, …

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Champions League 2012-13: Matchday 5 Review

First of all, my apologies for the delay in posting this entry; a multitude of job hunt-related events conspired to consume my entire weekend. Fortunately, I know of at least one person who can sympathize: after Municipal’s directors decided that the club’s CONCACAF Champions League failure outweighed its comfortable position …

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Champions League Preview: 2012-13 Group Stage, Matchday 5

The first time that Monterrey earned the opportunity to test themselves on the global stage, the draw gave them the easiest possible path to earning a first-ever appearance for a CONCACAF club in a World Cup Final. The rayados would begin by taking on a host team venturing outside of …

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Champions League 2012-13: Matchday 4 Review

I had no idea Alvaro Saborio was a Beegees fan. In the dying embers of Real Salt Lake’s sub-par outing in Panama, with the Americans practically resigned to watching their attempt at Champions League redemption flicker out in Costa Rica, the tico drew a penalty out of the onrushing Tauro …

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Champions League Preview: 2012-13 Group Stage, Matchday 4

Want to hear something completely crazy? Toronto FC’s season may not be over yet. Of course, their quest to reach the MLS playoffs has been stalled for yet another year; and even among their compatriots, the 15-point gap between the Reds and the Vancouver Whitecaps leaves the latter requiring just …

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World Cup 2014: Semifinal Round, Matchday 4 Review

As it turns out, the three-horse narrative held up. The expected minnows in each group (Antigua and Barbuda, Guyana and Cuba) lived down to their roles in defeat, racking up a cumulative record of 0-10-2 in this stage; and while the Leones del Caribe have already been eliminated from contention, …

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World Cup 2014: Semifinal Round, Matchday 3 Review

Perhaps reports of the Caribbean footballing demise have been somewhat exaggerated. Cuba did continue to fulfill the whipping boy role in Group C, this time by succumbing to a new-look Honduran attack featuring Jerry Bengtson and Georgie Welcome (although I remain unconvinced of their effectiveness against a higher-quality defense). Antigua …