Great draw for RSL!MLS teams are normally at a disadvantage during
this phase of the CCL because they haven't played a meaningful match in
months.If we advance to the next round we will play either Saprissa
(Costa Rica) or Olimpia (Honduras).I'd say RSL has a very good
chance of advancing to the CCL finals next spring.
I think that although its an easier opponent for RSL than an in-season Mexican
League team would be, its a lame draw. MLS teams already get plenty of chances
to play other MLS teams. The exciting part of CCL is to play Mexican league
teams and tap into the Mexico-US soccer rivalry and play more-challenging
opponents. Additionally, instead of two CCL quarterfinal matchups I would be
interested in as an MLS fan, now there's only one.I don't think,
however, that the system should be set up so this should never happen. But the
system should definitely not be set up to favor MLS vs. MLS matchups in the CCL.
The system is not favored for any match-ups. One side of the bracket is nothing
but Mexico squads. The good thing for the MLS is that hopefully one of the MLS
squads will make it to the final. Having all Mexican finals every year gets old
after a while, and I didn't even watch the final last year.This will be a
fun match up, especially since many RSL fans have grown a hatred for Columbus
the last couple of years. I consider it our Eastern Conference rival.
I like the draw because it gives us a better chance to advance, period. The
CONCACAF title is just as if not more important to me than the MLS Cup.
It would be nice to see two MLS advance in the later rounds, but it will make at
least put us on level ground with another team in the same preseason form.
I know that it isn't going to be popular to play the Crew in such a big
tournament, but it was really the best thing that could happen. Both of these
teams will need something to get them in some kind of game shape before they
play the mexican squads.This isn't country against country in this
tournament, it is everyone for themselves. We needed this draw if we were going
to make it farther than the quarters.
RSL will be out of season while all the other leagues will be finishing their
seasons. Columbus will obviously be out of season also giving us a much better
chance at a qtr final win. Also serving as a qtr final warmup and maybe giving
the winner some momentum.