Thursday, March 09, 2006

More Champions Cup heartbreak for MLS

It may seem like the same old, same old, but this year's CONCACAF Champions Cup failures set some new marks for futility for MLS:

1) For the first time, no MLS team advanced in the competition.

2) Since the 2002 quarterfinals, where Kansas City advanced over Santos Laguna 3-2 on aggregate, MLS has gone 0 for 10 against Costa Rican and Mexican teams. I guess we better hope that we don't draw the Costa Rican teams next year.

3) And, going into it with 97 total goals scored by MLS teams, it seemed like a sure thing to get to 100. Guess we're stuck on 99 for another year.

Click here for a full list of MLS participation in the Champions Cup.

It's mentioned every so often that Japan is seen as our closest match in soccer, and especially MLS. The J-League started in 1993, and while it's a relatively modest league compared to Europe, it has helped develop the national team into a top team. It does seem hard to believe that Japan's first World Cup was in 1998. But while the J-League has been successful with the fans, like MLS, Japan has failed to preform well in their continental club championship.

Yesterday was a bad day for Japan, too. Their two entrants in the Asian Champions League both lost to South Korean clubs. In fact, they've only won the tournament once (1999) since the J-League started. Since it was changed to a home and away group stage format two years ago, Japanese teams are 0 for 4 in advancing. Only the top team in each group advances, but they should at least be the equal of South Korean and Chinese teams. Just an interesting comparison to MLS' situation.

Comments on "More Champions Cup heartbreak for MLS"


Anonymous ERic said ... (5:00 PM, March 09, 2006) : 

On the plus side, it seems as both teams were a lot closer than in previous years, LA being ahead 2-0, and the Revs also losing at the very end. Considering that, once again, MLS was in preseason when the tournament started, this is a good showing.

Yeah, still frustrating. But an improvement nevertheless.


Blogger scaryice said ... (10:58 PM, March 09, 2006) : 

I don't call "NOT HAVING A TEAM ADVANCE FOR THE FIRST TIME" an improvement.


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