SuperLiga = SuperBad

SuperLiga = SuperBad

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On July 31, 2008
  • 4 Comments
  • Atlante, Poor Officiating, Shalrie Joseph, SuperLiga

via SuperLiga.comI think I’ve gotten around a half dozen emails this morning about last night’s SuperLiga semifinal between New England and Atlante. I caught the majority of the game and thought it was a bit chippy but what happened towards the end pretty much put a damper on the game and the tournament that didn’t need any more bad press.

New England went ahead early thanks to Shalrie Joseph. Atlante lost the match because of that early goal and then a few players due to red cards. They tried to turn the final minutes and seconds of the game into a full fledged battle royal. Players and coaches got involved from the Mexican side and showed just how sore of losers they really were.

Things were just ugly.

With Atlante’s actions last night it put yet another damper on this tournament that has not had the same luster as the 2007 version. I won’t take anything away from what the MLS clubs did on the field because New England and Houston deserve to be where they are at in this tournament, in the finals. I just think this year’s tournament hasn’t been nearly as good as last years.

The use of smaller stadiums, the poor field conditions at some stadiums, poor officiating, and let’s not forget for the MLS sides that this isn’t quite a million-dollar tournament like everyone hyped it to be. All things against this tournament in 2008.

I hope this year’s tournament will serve as a guide that SUM and MLS need to revisit this tournament and redo it a bit. Hopefully the actions by some of the Mexican clubs will cool off in future editions of this tournament and the officiating will improve.

What do you all make of this year’s tournament? To me it hasn’t been nearly as watchable as last year’s.

  • Lalas

    I thought the group stage games were good, but yes – fields were crap. And officiating has been spotty (but I feel sorry for the refs — those guys are usually doing this part time, and aren't getting paid enough to have some whining, Pachuca prima donna screaming at them). <br />
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    The sad part has been the archetypical sore losers – Atlante and Pachuca. It reminds me a bit of Argentina's disgraceful WC 2006 post-match brawl. Both teams – when down in the last 15 minutes – revert to cheap fouls and disgraceful play. <br />
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    Let's invite some non-Mex club teams next year – maybe some Euro pre-season squads. If we beat those guys, at least they will buck up and take it like a man.

  • Futbol Insider

    Agree there have been some negatives to this year's SuperLiga. But I would attribute those to growing pains. Let's not forget this is Year 2.<br />
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    Overall, the concept is still attractive — at least from the MLS perspective. With each game, MLS garners more respect among the fickle and cynical Latin market. Yes, the Mexicans will throw out every excuse in the book, e.g. pre-season form, poor officiating, suspect fields. But at the end of the day, MLS teams keep taking it to them. And fewer and fewer people are surprised by that.

  • Lalas

    I thought the group stage games were good, but yes – fields were crap. And officiating has been spotty (but I feel sorry for the refs — those guys are usually doing this part time, and aren’t getting paid enough to have some whining, Pachuca prima donna screaming at them).

    The sad part has been the archetypical sore losers – Atlante and Pachuca. It reminds me a bit of Argentina’s disgraceful WC 2006 post-match brawl. Both teams – when down in the last 15 minutes – revert to cheap fouls and disgraceful play.

    Let’s invite some non-Mex club teams next year – maybe some Euro pre-season squads. If we beat those guys, at least they will buck up and take it like a man.

  • Agree there have been some negatives to this year’s SuperLiga. But I would attribute those to growing pains. Let’s not forget this is Year 2.

    Overall, the concept is still attractive — at least from the MLS perspective. With each game, MLS garners more respect among the fickle and cynical Latin market. Yes, the Mexicans will throw out every excuse in the book, e.g. pre-season form, poor officiating, suspect fields. But at the end of the day, MLS teams keep taking it to them. And fewer and fewer people are surprised by that.