- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On June 19, 2009
- 2 Comments
- 2009 SuperLiga
As mentioned earlier in the weekend preview, this weekend marks the start of the third (annual) SuperLiga tournament between MLS clubs and Mexican league clubs.
I am a bit happier about how this year’s tournament is set up for those MLS clubs involved. No longer are we going to see clubs play in both SuperLiga and CONCACAF Champions League. The league front office and owners got that one right when they called for a new plan of how teams qualified for each tournament.
The thing is we now have a tournament that went from very interesting in year one to so-so in year two to a flat-out uninteresting in year three. Even though I do support having middle of the pack MLS clubs going against Mexican league teams for experience what we in turn got this year was a bunch of middle of the pack Mexcian league clubs facing middle of the pack MLS clubs.
The top FMF club finished 9th last season, while two others battled in the never-good regulation zone. What happened was a similar decision by the FMF to not include clubs going to the CCL in this tournament. What also happened was two other clubs turning down the chance at playing in this tournament (both Chivas and UNAM declined participation). I know San Luis was first overall in the 2008 Apertura but they failed to get out of the quarter-finals of that tournament.
I can’t say looking at this I am overly excited for this tournament or its chances of having a good future. While I am all for the mid-level clubs in both leagues getting a shot at things here I have to say this tournament needs some spice in the terms of playing some games in Mexico. I really believe that is the only way this tournament gets any better than it already is right now.
Plus how can we actually get better as a league internationally until we win outside our country? Until things change with this tournament set up we will never know.