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2018 CONCACAF Champions League


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108 days before our next competitive game, another short offseason for our guys.

Let's hope we're in better shape early this season than we were last year.

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Anybody know when the draw is? Ive kinda just not thought about CCL since theyre changing up the format.

Frankly, since I am merely a fan and a not a fancy American soccer writer, I'm going to congratulate Wright-Phillips on a well hit goal. If I was an American soccer writer, I'd claim that the recently retired Henry was wearing an invisibility cloak and carried the ball into the net for the obviously unskilled Wright-Phillips.


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We qualified? If so, how?

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We qualified? If so, how?

last season's conference champs. There is no longer a group stage so we are straight into knockout rounds.
Let's Go Buffalo!!!

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Anybody know when the draw is? Ive kinda just not thought about CCL since theyre changing up the format.

Hasn't been announced yet. We won't be drawn against other US teams in the first round. Not sure how seeding will work beyond that. Watch us get a rematch with Toronto . . .



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We qualified? If so, how?

From last year since there wasn't one this year. 2019 Champs league will be 2017 and 2018 US Open and MLS Cup camps. 2020 league will likely revert to the previous pattern of that seasons MLS Cup champ, US open champ, E1, and W1.

 

Edit: There's been no clarification of what will happen if one team claims multiple cups in this window or if a Canadian team wins MLS Cup.



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given our guesses at who'll be here and who won't...

 

----------------------------------BWP----------------------------------

-----Royer-------------------------------------------------Veron-----

---------------------------------Adams---------------------------------

-------------------Felipe----------------------Davis-------------------

-----???-----------------Baah---------Long------------Murillo-----

---------------------------------Robles----------------------------------

 

Meara / Lade Escobar / Etienne Muyl Bezecourt / Keita


RIP Guillermo Romulo, Alexander Francis Orig and Celenio Eleazar.

 

RIP Cesar Castello and Mike Vallo

 

"Metro..."

 


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From last year since there wasn't one this year. 2019 Champs league will be 2017 and 2018 US Open and MLS Cup camps. 2020 league will likely revert to the previous pattern of that seasons MLS Cup champ, US open champ, E1, and W1.

 

Edit: There's been no clarification of what will happen if one team claims multiple cups in this window or if a Canadian team wins MLS Cup.

There was a tournament this year, it's always run on (e.g.) summer/fall 2008 for the group stages and early spring 2009 for the knockout rounds, and MLS teams qualified on the season that ended in November 2007.

 

They've changed it now so that the group stages are essentially replaced by the CONCACAF League, which is mostly Central American clubs with a few carribbean clubs joining. 

 

The 2017 winner of that league, (running August-October ) was Olimpia (Honduras.)

 

The same mechanisms for multiple qualification are in place, which means we won't get a shot at 2019.  (I'd like to see USOC qualifying slot go to USOC runner-up, if the winner qualifies.  But in this case, even that wouldn't help us.)

 

MLS sends the MLS Cup winner plus the Eastern and Western conference winners, and the winner of the USOC also qualifies.  If any team qualifies through more than one place, (or if a Canadian team occupies a qualifying spot,) the team with the next best record in MLS enters the tournament in its place.

 

Canadian teams cannot qualify through MLS and must win the Canadian Championship to qualify.


Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos.


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108 days ... another short offseason ...


15 weeks is an average offseason in soccer.
European leagues end in May, resume in August.

We are good enough to beat the best teams, and bad enough to lose to the worst teams. 


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2 slots in 2019 are still up for grabs next season. 2017 and 2018 Open Cup and MLS winners make up MLS's 4 slots for that edition.

CCL is now is a entirely a spring affair and starting in spring 2020, the 4 US slots are all won in the previous calendar year.

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We are in Pot 1 with 3 other MLS sides and 4 Liga MX sides. The other pot is Seven Central American/Carribean teams and Toronto. 

 

Somebody is leaving that draw maaaaaaaaad. 



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100% were getting Toronto again.

 

More canadian think pieces calling us classless  :)+  :)+  :)+



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2 slots in 2019 are still up for grabs next season. 2017 and 2018 Open Cup and MLS winners make up MLS's 4 slots for that edition.

CCL is now is a entirely a spring affair and starting in spring 2020, the 4 US slots are all won in the previous calendar year.

Is that right?  I still don't see why they would need to skip a year, MLS teams were always playing in knockout games they'd qualified for 2 years previous. (unless they were canadians.)

 

Maybe it was to even out the schedule with all of CONCACAF?


Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos.


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We qualified? If so, how?


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Is that right?  I still don't see why they would need to skip a year, MLS teams were always playing in knockout games they'd qualified for 2 years previous. (unless they were canadians.)
 
Maybe it was to even out the schedule with all of CONCACAF?

The reason for that was always because the seasons overlapped so there was no alternative (similar to Russian/Scandinavian teams in UEFA). Now with MLS ending in December and CCL proper starting in Feb/March, it would make very little sense to keep doing that.




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