Evening Links and Thoughts

Evening Links and Thoughts

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On August 18, 2009
  • 2009/10 CCL, CONCACAF Champions League, Evening Links and Thoughts

Sorry for the lack of updates today folks. As I mentioned earlier in the day I’ve been a bit tied up with a new project which has taken some time away from here. But not to bore you with all of that I do have a few items to discuss tonight, mostly centering around the CONCACAF Champions League.

DC United, the Columbus Crew and the Houston Dynamo all kick off their group stage games tonight and tomorrow in the 2009/10 edition of the regional club championship.

MLS fans across the board are looking at these three to actually make an impression, a good impression in this year’s tournament. Houston and DC both have experience in these tournaments with Columbus hoping that the experience of last year’s MLS Cup run can help carry over into a successful run in this tournament.

Let’s just say a rough two nights in this tournament for MLS could get some fans very upset. Columbus is hosting USL-1’s Puerto Rico Islanders while DC travels to Honduras to face CD Marathon. Below are a quick little preview of each match, minus the score prediction.

Puerto Rico Islanders – at – Columbus Crew (7pm CT – FSC):

We all know what the Islanders did in this tournament a year ago. This group is built for another run in this tournament once again. Columbus opens up with a toughie for MLS fans because of the USL-MLS rivalry. Islanders manager Colin Clark knows how MLS clubs play and probably knows a thing or two about the Crew. One thing we do know is this Columbus team will be looking to extend their home winning streak tonight. I’d expect the Islanders to play defensively from the start and rely on some counter attacks like they did in Toronto. Columbus will need to get on the board early in hopes to build up a decent goal differential in the group stage.

DC United – at – CD Marathon (9pm CT – FSC)

To go from Canada to Honduras in a couple days has to be rough, especially when you have to think this group is wanting to forget that 2-0 loss to TFC over the weekend. DC United have to also forget about the two losses to this Marathon side in last year’s group stage. Marathon is a tough team to beat at home and based on what we saw in Toronto over the weekend it could be a long night for DC fans and MLS fans in general.


DC Hall of Tradition Voting


Speaking of DC United, they have opened up voting for their Hall of Traditions. With names like John Harks and Marco Etcheverry already in who will be joining them? The choice is a tough one, either Raul Diaz Arce or Richie Williams.

I’m not gonna lie I’ve been a big Williams guy for a while now, even back to his UVa days. But Diaz Arce is a tough guy to beat based on his stats.


Cleaning the Red Bull’s House


SBI with this one on how the Red Bulls need to step up and clean house ASAP for their fans. The photo Ives put on this post says it all for Red Bull supporters, the few that are left at least. Ives mentions what we all have been saying for months, fire both Juan Carlos Osorio and Jeff Agoos, the two men responsible for this terrible side. I guess it looks like the owners are just waiting until this season finishes out to clean house though. Sad story though since they will need as many fans as possible to fill that lovely new stadium of theirs next year.