CONCACAF Champions League 2015-2016

So the Quarterfinals are set in the CONCAChafa tournament and it turned out that MLS teams will be facing off against LigaMX teams. Here are the matchups:

Tigres vs Real Salt Lake

Queretaro vs DC United

LA Galaxy vs Santos Laguna

Seattle vs America

These matches wont begin until February of next year, so we have some time before we get to see if MLS can do something other than come in 2nd place or less in this tournament. Costa Rican, Honduran and other Central American teams have since been eliminated.

So whats the purpose of this tournament? The Club World Cup is hardly prestigious. For me the interest is exactly what CONCACAF seems to see; MLS vs LigaMX. Mexico has of course dominated this tournament entirely. MLS seems to creep closer, but Mexican teams always end up taking home the cup. Some call this tournament Mickey Mouse, which I agree that to a certain extent it is. Some Mexican teams don’t take it seriously and bring youger players to gain experience. Then you have complaints about portions of the tournament being played before MLS regular season has even begun, thus giving the Mexican teams an advantage. That excuse, however would make the MLS a mickey mouse league for having such a “unique” schedule to their season.

So either way, we get MLS vs Mexico, and we will see if Mexico maintains Kings of CONCACAF! 🙂

Here is an interesting video from the 2011 tournament and buildup from a Real Salt Lake perspective.

 

Tigeres!!!! Rob Schneider is a fan.

I wonder if Rob Schneider knows that Tigres will be playing tomorrow in the CONCACAF Champions league vs Herediano. Either way, Rob is a Tigres fan and wears the jersey proudly.

However, this reminds me of the quote from the movie, My big fat Greek Wedding:

The man is the head, but the woman is the neck. And she can turn the head any way she wants.

Rob’s wife is Mexican so this is most likely the case here. This brings up an interesting topic of why are people choose to be fans of teams? Usually you would think of fans being from the city of the team, but this is not always the case. Now days, you can probably hear the term “plastics”, or fake fans, or fans because a team increases in popularity.

 

This is an interesting, because some say you can’t be a fan if you are not from that city and live there. Yet in Mexico and in the US, you will see many people with Manchester United, Barcelona, Real Madrid or even Messi/Argentina jerseys, who may not have even stepped foot in the cities or countries of these teams.

 

We had a slight discussion on this topic during the Los Cachirules podcast. Make sure you listen in here and give your feedback to our twitter account.sandlersneider

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