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Islanders Return to CONCACAF Champions League


Don Garber’s hopes that USL would be shut out of the 2009/10 version of the CONCACAF Champions League have not been realized. Last night in Trinidad, the Islanders recorded a 2-0 semifinal win in the CFU Final Four over Haitian Champions Tempete. Kendall Jagdeosingh scored the winning goal on a cross from Scott Jones early in extra time and Peter Villegas scored another later to provide the margin for victory.

The Islanders will face W Connection of Trindad and Tobago in the final Sunday. This will represent a hostile road atmosphere for the Islanders but after the USL-1 side advanced to the semifinals of the recently completed inaugural CONCACAF Champions League, Colin Clarke’s men are very much used to playing in difficult away environments.

Toronto FC is close to clinching the Canadian birth in the Champions League after two consecutive victories over rivals at BMO Field. Montreal fired head coach John Liminatis after blowing a four goal aggregate goal lead in the CONCACAF CL quarterfinals, limping out of the gates in USL-1 and then losing to Toronto the other night.

Last night under new coach Marc Dos Santos Montreal drew at home with Charleston in front of close to 13,000 at Saputo Stadium.

Another note. Beginning immediately I am contributing to an exciting new site USL News. For those MLS fans who complain that I cover USL too much on this site much of the USL coverage will be written exclusively for that site while we continue to cover USL in perhaps a different way on this site.

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  1. Intru

    May 17, 2009 at 12:38 am

    MLS Rumors, read a little bit better and you will see its another person that posted that comment. Not me.

  2. Sage

    May 16, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    Harbour View.. go cry to maternity… A Draw is the fairest way to determine match ups… I actually think that Alajuelense would have thrashed HV either way. The Islanders squad that drew with HV and ended 3rd place was basically not the same that reached the Semi Finals… So perhpas instead of crying so much support your team and hope for vindication next time they qualify.

  3. MLS Rumors

    May 16, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    To Intru:

    “Just as bad as MLS Rumors”? Well if we’re so bad then please explain why we get more traffic per month than the site you’re reading now and put together?

    In Kartik’s defense (he’s a friend though we often disagree)….

    Kartik is not biased against MLS, he just believes it should be better than it is. We often agree with him on this point. Where we disagree is when he critiques MLS’s results in competitions like the CONCACAF Champions League but then worries about the league spending too much money or going after more quality players on the international transfer market. You can’t have it both ways.

    Regardless, Karik is absolutely right here. USL and MLS have no working relationship. MLS is slowly picking off the creme of the USL crop in terms of players and entire clubs (see Seattle, Portland, Vancouver and Montreal). There has been open animosity from the president of the USL towards MLS. “The Don” however has taken the high road and not responded directly.

    That said, any one with a brain can see that it is not in MLS’s best interest to be shown up by what is the 2nd division in not one but two countries in international competition.

    Perhaps you should think about that before you fire off comments like that.

  4. Harbour View Football

    May 16, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    Borica: Gimme a break. While Alajuelese may have been a good football club, you can’t say that they were better than the Pumas. My point is, since HV were the champs, they deserved the easiest opponent among the carribean teams. If the Revolution were considered the easiest among Pumas, Alajelese and themselves, then HV should have faced them instead. HV were the champions. It’s only fair.

    HV defeated Joe Public for the title. So if JPFC was able to thrash NE 6-1, imagine how much Harbour View would have killed that team from the mickey mouse league. But HV wasn’t given the chance. And they should have, since they were champs.

    So instead, JP and the islanders get easier teams, and they get all the glory. If the preliminary matches were seeded like they should have been, HV may have gone all the way. Fact

  5. AVR

    May 16, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    Great to have the Islanders back in the CCL. Alajuelense was picked by some to win the entire CCL unlike Joe Public who crushed MLS golden boys 6-1 on aggregate. Give USL some love.

  6. Mexican Football

    May 16, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    Fan is Don Garber. Welcome to the site, Don

  7. BoriQa

    May 16, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    Alajuelense an easy opponent? You have no idea what you are talking about.

    Was defeating Santos Laguna, Tauro FC, Marathon, Cruz Azul and San Juan Jabloteh luck?

    Harbour View was not even able to beat the Islanders in the 2007-08 CFU Champions Cup. The Islanders and Harbour View drew 2-2 in the 1st round.

    The only thing that I feel for HV is that due to the hurricane, they were not able to play a home game against Pumas, and the serie was decided away in one game. I thought this was unfair for them.

    Other than than, HV is not close to the caliber of the Islanders. A shame they didn’t make it to the CFU tournament this year to defend their title and to settle the matter.

    Maybe HV will get lucky enough next year and make it to the CFU.

  8. Fan

    May 16, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    “Don Garber’s hopes that USL would be shut out of the 2009/10 version of the CONCACAF Champions League have not been realized.”

    Where the hell does this come from? In addition to getting things wrong, are you going to start making stuff up now to justify your bias against MLS? For shame. You are becoming as bad as MLS Rumors in your quest to get attention.

  9. Intru

    May 16, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    I remind you that Pumas coach had 0 interest in this competition.

  10. Intru

    May 16, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    What are you talking about Alajuelense is one of the most successful clubs in CONCACAF. After the draw people thought that Joe Public was the only Caribbean team with any chance of making it past the preliminary rounds.

    Its not our fault that our team actually put a effort to win, something Harbor View dint due.

  11. Kartik Krishnaiyer

    May 16, 2009 at 9:49 am

    Aljenuese (SP?) had never lost to an MLS Team in CONCACAF, so a USL-1 side beating them was impressive to say the least. I don’t think they were an easy opponent. Joe Public got the easy opponent drawing New England a team that has never gotten past the first round of a CONCACAF event.

  12. Harbour View Football

    May 16, 2009 at 9:20 am

    The only reason the Islanders went as far as they did is because they drew an easy opponent in the preliminary round. Harbour View were the Carribean champions. They deserved the easiest opponent out of the 3 Carribean sides. Instead they get the toughest opponent! The Pumas! Are you kidding me? While the Islanders, the 3rd place team, get the easiest opponent, Alejuelan! BULLSHIT!!!!!!

    If HVFC drew Alejuelan in the preliminaries, then HV would have made it to the KO round, and then who knows how far they would have gotten. The Islanders get all this praise for their CONCACAF performance, but it was all luck of the draw.

    They better seed the preliminary matchups instead of this random draw bullshit. It’s completely unfair.

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