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Superliga Loses Heavyweights but Gains Legitimacy

The draw for the second annual Superliga today was very revealing. SUM was pleased by the success of the first tournament, pleased enough to make the event a legitimate competition. Gone are Moriela placed in the initial tournament because they are owned by TV Azteca who held the Television rights in Mexico, the LA Galaxy and the Beckham circus as well as Club America, quite possibly the most popular football club in the Western Hemisphere. But instead the competition has legitimacy. MLS’ top four teams are in the event as are Mexico’s best. Once again the teams to beat will be the superior Mexican teams, but with the MLS in mid season, the upstart American league has an opportunity to score upsets during the Mexican preseason.

DC United looked poor in their first CONCACAF Champions Cup outing while Houston looked above average. This however cannot be judged as an accurate harbinger of how the two teams will do in Superliga. I am most intrigued by a possible Chivas USA vs CD Guadlajara matchup in the semi-finals or finals of the competition. This will no doubt be something many in the Chivas brass will not want to see but could be an unbelivable opportunity for the American club, a mere child compared to its Mexican sibling which is by any standard one of the most popular clubs in the world an opportunity to make waves.

Last year’s Superliga was the best football of the year played in the United States at any level. This year’s tournament is even more legitimate with the dumping of Moriela and the Galaxy and promises to give the newly formed CONCACAF Champions League a run for its money as the true Continental Championship in the hearts and minds of fans in both the United States and Mexico.

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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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2 Responses to Superliga Loses Heavyweights but Gains Legitimacy

  1. Joe says:

    Superliga serves no purpose other than $$$$$$

    That makes it a perfectly American event, I suppose

  2. bandeeto says:

    I can’t wait till this years installment! Best north american tournament in my book. Everything in soccer is about money. That’s why this one is so interesting. Do you think Ronaldo is playing at Man U for the weather? I bet Thierry Henry went to Barcelona to be closer to family… right. Money makes the footballing world go ’round. It’s about time MLS teams had a change to grab a piece of that pie.

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