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CONCACAF Champions League: American Sides Unlikely to make Impact

sanchez 249x300 CONCACAF Champions League: American Sides Unlikely to make Impact

Oswaldo Sanchez and Santos Laguna are among the favorites

The CONCACAF Champions League begins Tuesday night with four of the six participating US and Canadian based teams in action.

Here are my favorites for the tournament and what sides from the US & Canada have a realistic shot of advancing deep in the competition.

Favorites:

Santos Laguna (MEX)

Saprissa (CRC)

UNAM Pumas (MEX)

Cruz Azul (MEX)

Alajuelense (CRC)

I believe their is a 85% chance one of the above five teams will win the competition.

Potential Spoilers:

Houston Dynamo (USA)

Olimpia (HON)

CD Municipal (GUA)

Atlante (MEX)

New England Revolution (USA)

The chances of one of the above sides winning the competition is 10%

Could compete but will not win event

DC United (USA)

Marathon (HON)

Jalapa (GUA)

San Francisco (PAN)

Harbour View (JAM)

Montreal Impact (CAN)

The chances of one of the above sides winning the title is 4%

No realistic chance to advance beyond the group stage (if they make it that far)

Puerto Rico Islanders (PUR)

Chivas USA (USA)

Tauro (PAN)

Joe Public (T&T)

Real Esteli (NGA)

Firpo (SLV)

Metapan (SLV)

Hankook Verdes (BLZ)

The teams on the above list have collectively about a 1% chance of winning the title.

What we have in CONCACAF is an imbalance that you will not find in Europe or South America. We have one world class league in Mexico, one very strong league in Costa Rica, two emerging leagues in the American first division (MLS) as well as Honduran league and bunch of weak domestic leagues that have at best two decent sides. So in other words it is completely unrealistic to expect any team from outside Mexico or Costa Rica to win this competition in the near future.

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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 CONCACAF Champions League: American Sides Unlikely to make Impact

  1. Eric B says:

    Ironically, thanks to the domination of the Tico “Old Firm” in Alajualense and Saprissa, Costa Rica's league actually fits your “weak domestic league that have at best two decent teams”. It helps when a vast majority of your national team players reside at one of two clubs…

  2. bruno mendes says:

    Osvaldo, melhor goleiro do mundo. entre tantas revelacoes mexicana como ochoa, mario campos, nao se inguala a Osvaldo Sanches o santos de laguna estar servido de goleiro. sou brasileiro mas meu idolo e mexicano.ele o melhor goleiro do mundo Osvaldo Sanches.

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