Monday, November 16, 2009

11/17/09: And Then There Were Eight.. CONCACAF Draw Today

Garber continues to stress the importance of the CONCACAF Champions League, the fact that Columbus made it more of a priority than some teams may have put them in Garber's good graces.

Today, the Crew will be drawn for a March 9th and March 16th matchup against either four teams from Mexico including Pumas, last year’s runner-up Cruz Azul, Toluca and Pachuca or three teams from Central America – Arabe Unido of Panama, Comunicaciones of Guatemala and Honduras’ Marathón.

The Crew will be likely routing to go against one of the latter; either the oddly named Arab United, Comunicaciones, or Marathon in the quarterfinal.

Oddly enough the winners of the 2008 CONCACAF Champions League Atlante, don't play in the Club World Cup until December 2009. Therefore, if the Crew do win the CONCACAF Champions League, in a tournament that started in the Summer of 2009, they will not play in the Club World Cup until December 2010. That's a wee bit ridicoulous.

Almost two years from start to finish.

Also, the Crew have qualified for the 2010-2011 Champions League by winning the 2009 Supporters Shield. Therefore, in 2010 they will finish up the 2009-2010 version in the Summer of 2010 if they get all the way. And, then have to start up the 2010-2011 version in August 2010. Which means the Crew will be playing in two versions of the Champions League for virtually the whole 2010 season. And, they thought 2009 was congested?

**Mexican-American and Tigres central defender Edgar Castillo is likely to get his first cap on Wednesday for the USA vs. Denmark. Add Jermaine Jones in the New Year and the USA appears to get much deeper on the defensive side of the ball.


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