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Another Classic Semifinal between Pachuca and Houston

Much like the CONCACAF Champions Cup semifinals where Houston and Pachuca played quite possibly the best game of club football not played on the European continent this year, the Dynamo were once again eliminated by Pachuca in epic fashion. This match was every bit as exciting as the Champions Cup match, although it lacked the number of near misses and the frantic pace of the extra time period of that match. Unfortunately for both Houston and MLS, Pachuca, the reigning Mexican Clausura, Copa Sudamericana, and CONCACAF Champions Cup winners are one step away from adding to their impressive silverware case. Pachuca must be considered a heavy favorite against either DC United or LA Galaxy, and since they have once again bested Houston in epic fashion, one must wonder if the rivalry between the two reigning champions of their leagues could become one of the biggest in North America. The extra time and PK shootout seemed every bit as tense as the extra time periods we’ve seen in Champions League and the UEFA Cup, and that bodes well for the long term image of Superliga.

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About Kartik Krishnaiyer

A lifelong lover of soccer, the beautiful game, he served from January 2010 until May 2013 as the Director of Communications and Public Relations for the North American Soccer League (NASL). Raised on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the old NASL, Krishnaiyer previously hosted the American Soccer Show on the Champions Soccer Radio Network, the Major League Soccer Talk podcast and the EPL Talk Podcast. His soccer writing has been featured by several media outlets including The Guardian and The Telegraph. He is the author of the book Blue With Envy about Manchester City FC.
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