So, seeing as we have all talked about the UEFA Champions League and the Euro 2008, how about shifting our focus slightly west towards the CONCACAF Champions League.
As per the CONCACAF site: The inaugural 2008-09 CONCACAF Champions League will be comprised of 24 teams, representing each of CONCACAF's regions. The CONCACAF Champions League™ will feature four teams from Mexico and USA; two clubs each from Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama; and one representative from Canada, Belize, and Nicaragua and three teams from the Caribbean. (For those that don't know, CONCACAF is the governing body of soccer/football for North America, Central American and the Caribbean.
Qualifying is underway in Canada with the Toronto FC of the MLS and the Impact de Montreal and the Vancouver Whitecaps of the USL playing a home-and-away round-robin to determine who gets the one Canadian spot. So far my Toronto FC is 1-0-0 with 3 points. They are behind Montreal in the standings who have 6 points, but Montreal has already played 3 games (one being the loss to Toronto and 2 wins over Vancouver), so things could be looking good for Toronto.
Pretty sure that this thread will let little attention, but thought I would post it anyway.
Very odd.....why do the US and Mexico get more teams than everyone else? I'm going to say it's because we're mighty, and Mexico has Corona. Pffthhhhhhh.
So when does the slaughter begin, anyway?
Because Mexico and the US have large professional leagues (of with Toronto FC is part of the US league), whereas the other countries have smaller professional leagues.
It's a pretty long process. Qualifications are going on now. The group games start in August, running from 26 August through to 30 October. Then there is a winter break and elimination games don't start until February, running to the final games in April. Specific dates haven't been set yet, but it looks to wind up around mid-to-late April.
The winner will go on to the FIFA Club Cup in December of 2009.
And you forgot Tequila, which also comes from Mexico and is also good.
Well, my team is out before the competition even got started. In a shocker, Toronto FC doesn't qualify for the lone Canadian berth in the CONCACAF Champions league, the berth instead going to Montreal. Last night Toronto and Montreal played to a 1-1 draw, a game Toronto needed to win to advance. Montreal ends the 4 game, 3 team round-robin with 7 points ahead of Toronto's 5 points and Vancouver's 4 points.
With the conclusion of the Canadian round-robin, that means all the teams are now set for the main stage action. 24 teams are now in the draw. There will be a two-leg preliminary round for the 16 lowest ranked clubs, with the 8 winners of those 16 advancing to a group stage, where they will meet the other higher-ranked 8 teams who get a bye directly to the group stage.
Montreal will now play first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League play-in against Real Esteli of Nicargua in Canada on August 27. Real Esteli hosts the return on Sept., 2 with the aggregate winner advancing to the Champions League group stage.
Huh, who'd have thunk......we won it last year!!!
This is actually starting to get interesting.....on the website they show results for Under-20, Under-17, and Beach Soccer..........Beach Soccer????? Wow, it's a brand new day....
Oh, and NFL training camps opened this week
All the papers here keep going on and on about hot the Montreal Impact are the #1 Canadian team. But I do think there are only 3 teams in the league.
A local sports show mentioned yesterday that Montreal is trying to get into a more recognizable league so that players from around the world would be interested in joining. We have the best soccer stadium and hockey team in the country--might as well have the best soccer team, too!
Just kidding, Greg. Well, kinda.
Well, at least Toronto don't have the possibility of being dumped out humiliatingly by Joe Public FC of Trinidad....