- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On June 11, 2008
- 0 Comments
Some news that any MLS should be happy about, not just Dallas fans. An article in a Honduran newspaper mentions that CONMEBOL is deciding whether to invite Motagua (Honduras) or FC Dallas to the upcoming edition of the Copa Sudamericana set to start next month.
CONMEBOL is looking at inviting clubs not involved in the CONCACAF Champions league to avoid scheduling conflicts. All told the competition involves 34 clubs.
A great move if you ask me to include smaller clubs and other MLS clubs that don’t normally get included in international tournaments. I’m hoping the Dallas owners step up and really push for this bid to happen. The potential revenue of participating in an international tournament like this one would easily help out. Also, participation alone would help boost this club all over.
I’ve said before how I hoped MLS would take a serious look at some of the international competitions that their clubs get to participate in. Copa Sudamericana isn’t really in their control but hopefully the league helps the owners make a push for this bid as well. MLS needs more than just Houston, DC, and LA in international competitions from year to year. Including other clubs (even if they don’t do well) helps the league out for the future.
Some of the clubs that have already qualified or been invited already:Arsenal, Boca, River, Estudiantes, San Lorenzo (Argentina); Sao Paulo, Gremio, Palmeiras, Atlético Mineiro, Botafogo, Vasco da Gama, Internacional, Atlético Paranaense (Brasil); Bolívar, Blooming (Bolivia); Ńublense, Universidad Católica (Chile); Deportivo Cali, América (Colombia); Liga de Quito (Ecuador); Olimpia (Paraguay); Sport Ancash, Universitario (Perú); Aragua, Unión Atlético Maracaibo (Venezuela); Chivas, San Luis (México).
What do you all make of this news? Wish your club was asked over Dallas?