So apparently MLS and the Mexican league have banded together and formed a competition to decide who the best club in North America is. Which should be interesting to CONCACAF, which no doubt thinks its been doing that with the Champions Cup all this time – but apparently not.
No, in this new competition its inconceivable that a team not from the USA or Mexico isn’t the best in the region, as those are the only two countries to take part. Costa Rica? Feh – how good could they possibly be, they’ve only qualified for the last two World Cups. And won two of the last three aforementioned Champions Cups (LD Alajuelense in ’04, Saprissa in ’05).
In fact, the organizers of this tournament are so sure that the best soccer team in the region comes from Mexico or the US that they’ve gone to the trouble of inviting the LA Galaxy to compete in the first tournament. You remember the Galaxy, right? One of the 4 MLS teams not to make the playoffs last year? This is clearly a significant competition, worthy of prestige and aspiration to enter.
For giggles, let’s look at the teams involved:
- Chivas (Mexico)
- LA Galaxy (USA) – missed the playoffs last season
- FC Dallas (USA) – lost in the first round of the playoffs to Colorado
- Pachuca (Mexico)
- América (Mexic0)
- DC United (USA) – lost in the second round of the playoffs, to New England
- Houston Dynamo (USA) – won MLS Cup
- Morelia (Mexico)
This competition reminds me of the Giants Cup – CONCACAF’s wonderful idea of a tournament for the “biggest” clubs throughout the region. Columbus got into the only edition of that experiment on the basis of our attendance figures – and then got beat by Saprissa (remember them? from Costa Rica?). The tournament was a flop, and was never staged again – apparently being a “big” club doesn’t automatically mean that your fans come out in droves for every game you happen to play.
I could go on an even longer rant about this tournament, but its late and I’ve got better things to do than think about this any more.
At some point, I’m going to try and post some thoughts on the Crew’s draft picks.