Tag Archives: unprofessionalism

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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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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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In Praise of Perseverance

I was wrong about Herediano. When the draw for this season’s CONCACAF Champions League was announced in June, Real Salt Lake appeared prohibitive favorites to reach the knockout round. While 2012 Torneo de Verano champions Herediano entered Group 2 as the highest seed, I could not help but notice the …

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World Cup 2014: E-Round Matchday 3 Review (Plus, a CCL Update)

Sooner or later it was bound to happen: just under half of yesterday’s World Cup qualifiers in our region ended in blowouts*, only one of them (Haiti’s 7-0 thrashing of the US Virgin Islands) motivated by the need to overtake a high-scoring rival. At least we still have yet to …

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CCL 2011-12 Matchday 2 Review

I should start by letting regular readers know that an impromptu housing search is the reason behind my delay in posting this entry. As it turns out, moving to a new city is a lot harder when you do not have family or friends there, but I hope to find …

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Gold Cup 2011 Matchday 3 Review

As I stated in my recap of the second matchday, the high expectations that Mexico and the United States carried heading into this tournament diminished their chances of getting a “Team of the Round” nod early on. But this week, I find myself short on candidates. I mean, El Salvador …

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Gold Cup 2011 Matchday 1 Review

Before we begin, I wanted to try and flesh out my criteria for choosing the Team and Goat in the “review” entries. The latter’s a bit easier to identify: unless a referee, a set of fans, a tv network or CONCACAF itself steals the “award” through incompetency, boorish behavior or …

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CCL 2011-12 Qualifiers: This Can’t Be Right

Typically, the CONCACAF Champions League website is diligent in reporting when a team qualifies for the next tournament – with the exception that its writers avoid “calling it early” like I intentionally try to do (i.e. they would prefer to wait until the end of the Guatemalan Clausura to confirm …

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In Defense of Away Goals, and Attacking Lazy Journalism

At 10:18pm EST during MLSSoccer’s coverage of the Saprissa-Real Salt Lake match this week, former US defender, MLS Superclub wrecker and current analyst Alexi Lalas wrote: I will have to disagree with him on the idea of implementing away goals in the MLS playoffs, for the reason that such a …