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Yawn. Another day, another post about MLS getting bounced from CONCACAF Champions League

Apr 11, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

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As we consider the next Liga MX vs. Liga MX final in CONCACAF Champions League, we may also take a moment to study Matthew Doyle’s swell analysis this morning at

Doyle points out that in a lot of ways, this is just about finishing. Seattle created enough chances in Tuesday’s Champions League second leg draw with Santos Laguna, especially considering that Sigi Schmid’s team was on the road, and in a place where visitors wilt.

Same for last night’s Galaxy setback in Mexico, where C.F. Monterrey prevailed 1-0 on the night, and 3-1 on aggregate. With that, the final MLS side has been eliminated from CONCACAF Champions League.

In some ways, that goes back to yesterday’s post on the lack of laser-lock focus in the matches that matter most. Obviously, teams at every level miss chances. But it just takes one to turn a series.

As I said in yesterday’s comment-heavy post, when MLS teams do arrive into the money matches, they tend to miss just a smidge of that essential concentration. That little voice perhaps isn’t quite loud enough that says in a huge match, “Every single ball is important. Every decision matters. Every chance near goal is pure gold.”

Doyle also has some nice tactical insight on the use of a “traditional” striker, one that forces defenders to make marking choices. But the best insight comes in a small chart, one that does show MLS progress in the regional club competition. Here are the league records through the years, also courtesy of Doyle’s piece (linked above):

  • 2008-09: 2-10-6
  • 2009-10: 7-10-9
  • 2010-11: 16-14-8
  • 2011-12: 21-16-7
  • 2012-13: 16-8-6
  1. randomhandle1 - Apr 11, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Nice post.

    This is going to sound jokey, but seriously, one of the most helpful pieces of journalism an American soccer writer could do right now would be exploring/explaining what goes on with CONCACAF television production. For years I’ve been watching these matches — both CCL and Gold Cup — and for years I’ve endured the horror of weirdly timed replays, random crowd shots, lingering shots of the bench during action, etc. It’s not merely “crappy direction” — it’s a very distinct pattern of crappy direction.

    Everybody knows about it, everybody complains about it, but I’ve never seen anyone explain why it’s actually this way.

    Is this how they do it in Mexico or something? (I don’t watch Liga MX.) Who’s in the truck for these various CONCACAF matches, anyway?

  2. charliej11 - Apr 11, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    You are about 1/4 of a step away from being an internet soccer troll. Seriously.

    First, the day after you write up about Man City with pride, passion and intellegence beating Man U in the most meaningless game ever….you write about how MLS games don’t matter enough and that is why they lose to better teams. Both of those MLS ideas being insane.

    Second, then after MLS teams loses to better teams, playing very good at times, even outplaying very good Mexican teams at times, Seattle beating Tigres, Seattle 1/2 goal away from beating Santos….you write YAWN.


  3. jpan007 - Apr 11, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    let’s give MLS teams a trophy for their effort. Never holding players, coaches accountable. .

    • charliej11 - Apr 11, 2013 at 2:57 PM

      See the company you are going to start to keep Steve.

  4. sluggo271 - Apr 11, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    I have to agree with Charlie, Steve. MLS is already the greatest league on the planet. By far, it is the most competitive league in existence. In fact, all of our American boys who can’t find any playing time in Europe find great success in MLS. That absolutely, proves they are worth their 35 thousand salary a year. MLS doesn’t need to play in any foreign tournaments to prove anything. Our teams are so successful, that more than half make the playoffs!! Like 60 %!! maybe even more!!
    Why spend all this effort trying to get ex superstar players when we have our college guys? These guys are so good they almost score goals every four or five matches!!! They have such soccer intelligence..they almost beat these mexican teams every year!!! So Charlie, I am with you!!! MLS is the best!! Hell with the rest!!

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