Super-Krunk: CONCACAF Champions League Announced

Once again, the official site gets beat to the punch: Goal.com just posted the schedule for the brand-spankin’ CONCACAF Champions League. I have to say, it’s a bit burlier than I thought it’d be: the tourney kicks off August 2008, but the final doesn’t come until the end of April 2009. Fortunately, at least where the Major League Soccer (MLS) sides are concerned, there’s a several-month down-time that just happens to correspond with the MLS off-season. Rather unfortunately, however, MLS teams will hit “the shit” when the tourney resumes in February – e.g. that’s when the quarterfinals will be played, aka after the make-weights have been sifted out. So, show up frosty, boys, it’s gonna be real.

Speaking of those MLS teams, who should they be this year? Steve Goff provides:

“*CONCACAF will unveil details of the first Champions League today. From what I have been able to gather, Chivas USA (Western regular season winners) and New England (MLS Cup runner-up) will enter in the preliminary round in August while D.C. United (Supporters’ Shield) and Houston (MLS Cup champions) will start in the group stage in the fall. We’ll know for sure later.”

If you want to know how the rest of the field will fill in, check Goal.com’s report. Holy poop, is this going to be a hoot!

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3 Responses

  1. This is pretty awesome. This is probably another small nudge for the MLS to shift their schedule. Either way, more soccer over more of the year is a fun proposition – but damn are MLS teams going to have to have some deep rosters.

  2. More fixture congestion, and more confusion as the 2008 MLS champ (assuming it’s not Dynamo, I add hesitantly) might not even be IN the tournament. MLS will need to change the schedule to accommodate this eventually.

  3. Ah, the scheduling won’t be so bad. OK, so Match Days 4-6 come during the regular season stretch and, quite probably, during the playoffs themselves. On the upside, MLS clubs will be playing what amount to the competition’s minnows during that time. And thanks to MLS’s super-generous playoff format (hey, it’s cool; we can ALL make the post-season), it’s possible they’ll still be able to win and rest some starters at the same time…maybe.

    By the time MLS clubs get to the nitty-gritty – spring 2009, by my count – they’ll be on a fitness upswing. Heck, by the time the final rolls around, they should be match ready.

    Yeah, all right. That’s beyond optimistic; it’s almost clinical. I think it’s the roster depth that REALLY needs sorting out. MLS doesn’t have the rosters to match their ambition…unless, as you both point out, we do something with the scheduling around those dates.

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