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CONCACAF Catches Up with USL

With a league title on the line Sunday the Puerto Rico Islanders rested several regulars for tonight’s Champions League match in Mexico against Santos Laguna. The results were disasterous even with Santos resting several regulars. 3-0 was the final scoreline which proves USL sides have neither the depth nor the quality to really compete against the best from North America. This result comes just two weeks after the Islanders dominated Santos at home.

Puerto Rico has allowed fixture congestion to bog down its season, like certain MLS sides that don’t call Houston home.  This game exposed USL’s weakness and quite frankly reinforced what we’ve seen from MLS sides save Houston in this tournament. A very embarrasing performance and a revealing night that discredits some of the love USL has been getting lately. When you factor in Montreal’s sub par performance against a vastly outclassed Joe Public side, the worst team to make the group stage in the region, USL had a bad night. The Impact won 4-1 in Port of Spain but the side which was eliminated from the USL playoffs this past weekend missed three sitters, yes three sitters. The Impact will not get away with that sloppiness against any other side currently in the CONCACAF Champions League. Quite frankly after watching Joe Public in both matches against the Impact it is an embarresment to the entire region that this side somehow made the group stages. Until the overall level of CONCACAF improves and sides like Joe Public do not advance to the group stage, the tournament will continue to have its detreactors.

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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5 Responses to CONCACAF Catches Up with USL

  1. Phillip says:

    Unfortunately it was just a matter of time until it caught up with them.

  2. Jack says:


    Montreal won on the road 4-1 against a team that beat the Revs 4-0.

    How is that an embarrasment?

  3. Phillip says:

    I’m referencing Puerto Rico…

    Kartik… Yeah… Jack’s right… Montreal crushed them.

  4. Phillip says:

    Kartik… listening to the show…

    Gallardo mailing it in? Because he’s injured? Gallardo showed his class when he wasn’t injured. He’s easily one of the best players in this league.

    If any DP is mailing it in… performance wise…. it’s David Beckham. He gives about 75% effort… He hasn’t hit a decent set piece in months… Huckerby deserves the call up to England over Beckham.

  5. Berlin says:

    I think the CCL is a phenomenon waiting to happen. It’s everything Superliga pretends to be. Any team worth its salt will bring the A game once pride and TV dollars are on the line. Say what you will about the FMF but I doubt even their bottom feeders would allow Joe Public to beat them 4-0 ON THEIR OWN FIELD. This tournament is great for soccer in the region and I’m really looking forward to see how it plays out. If nothing else, this tournament has exposed a lot of the BS that MLS feeds us re quality on the pitch and what’s best for US soccer. Long live the CCL.

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