Friday, November 10, 2006

USL might have an entry into the CONCACAF Champions Cup

CONCACAF has added USL side Puerto Rico Islanders to the Caribbean Qualification for the 2007 CONCACAF Champions Cup. This makes sense as FIFA recognizes Puerto Rico as a separate federation in CONCACAF, regardless of the fact that Puerto Rico is a US territory. The Islanders will host the matches in Group C, with the following four clubs taking part:

Group C:
Bayamon, PUERTO RICO 8-14 December

Puerto Rico Islanders (PUR)
W Connection (TRI)
Hoppers FC (ATG)
Fruta Conquerors (GUY)

It is my opinion that if the Islanders were to make it to the full tournament, it could possibly lead the way for some type of expansion to allow for a slot for Canada to have a club or some clubs in the tournament. An expanded CONCACAF Champions Cup with better sponsorship would be pretty good for the regional clubs and make more money, something that Jack Warner loves to do. I am currently working on an idea for how CONCACAF could expand the tournament and will post it after the MLS Cup is over.


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