Thursday, February 21, 2008

Why Pan the Pan-Pacific Championship??

I am trying to figure out why so many people are having such a huge problem with the Pan-Pacific Championship Tournament that is being held in Hawaii? Most of the venom that is being spewed forth from soccer supporters rates around the same level as the bitching that was tossed at the SuperLiga. I am trying to figure out why?

The way I see it, the Pan-Pacific Championship is no more than the Vodafone Cup that Manchester United used to host before their season would start or the Amsterdam tournament that Ajax hosts every year and the Emirates Cup that Arsenal started hosting as well. What do they all have in common?

They are all pre-season tournaments.

Each tournament has a trophy that the tournament winner receives for winning. This tournament (Pan-Pacific Championship) seems to just be following the same path that these tournaments were designed for: a chance for competitive preseason matches.

Yes the SUM talking heads have mentioned that originally Pachuca was invited to take part, and after declining, the LA Galaxy were invited instead, which makes one think that this is less of an MLS warm up tournament than a chance to crown a "champion." I also know that there has already been talk of increasing the number of clubs that take part, which would move the tournament away from the mold that those other tournaments I mentioned use, but so be it if they do.

I honestly think that this and other types of preseason tournaments (Charleston Cup) are great chances for MLS clubs to face off in full speed matches, before they count. As the Dynamo will be taking part in the CONCACAF Champions Cup (a tournament that the games count) getting this tournament experience should help them in the CONCACAF tournament. I just wish that DC United was taking part in a small tournament as well.



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