Monday, September 12, 2005

DC starts Copa Sudamerica quest tomorrow

I'm excited about this. Another chance to make a statement about American soccer. One thing is for sure though, United must go out and attack U. Catolica at home tomorrow. MLS teams have not done well outside of this country. By my count, the league is 7-21-1 in International competition away from home, against teams from other countries (does not include DC's win over Vasco in Florida). So a win by multiple goals in the only option.

Overall, I think our league (and national team) is probably stronger than Chile's, so we need to show them who's boss. I also think having some South American players will help DC. They should advance, although the next round against a Argentine/Brazilian team will be hard to tackle.

MLS away wins (outside of the USA)

2001 Giants Cup: DC at Arnett Gardens (JAM)
2001 Copa Merconorte: KC at Barcelona (ECU)
2002 Champions Cup: SJ at Olimpia (HON)
2002 Champions Cup: KC at W. Connection (TRI)
2002 Champions Cup: CHI at Municipal (GUA)
2003 Champions Cup: NE at Alajuelense (CR; techinically the home leg)
2005 Champions Cup: DC at Harbour View (JAM)

Comments on "DC starts Copa Sudamerica quest tomorrow"


Anonymous John said ... (10:53 PM, September 12, 2005) : 

I'm excited about this too! I've got my tickets and will be in the stands rooting not only for DC United, but for the MLS!


Blogger D said ... (7:46 AM, September 13, 2005) : 

I think DC can advance, but it is not a given. Catolica seems like they know what they're doing, even if the public spin is to give credit only to DCU's internationals and discount the homegrown talent. DCU needs at least two goals heading south of the equator.


Blogger D said ... (7:47 AM, September 13, 2005) : 

Forunately, Moreno is well rested (ah, the bonus side of a red card) as are Olsen and Boswell. So we can put out a pretty good starting XI.


Anonymous figo said ... (12:41 PM, September 13, 2005) : 

Um, Catolica is from Chile, not Peru.


Anonymous Joe said ... (3:39 PM, September 13, 2005) : 

As a DC supporter, I like to forget that the away leg of the Interamerican Cup was in Florida.

Well, not so much "forget" as "fail to mention."


Blogger scaryice said ... (3:48 PM, September 13, 2005) : 

Edited to say Chile instead of Peru. Thanks.


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