- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On July 13, 2010
- 7 Comments
- 2010 SuperLiga
In case you didn’t know the mid-summer SUM tournament SuperLiga kicks off tomorrow. Its the same setup as before, four MLS teams and four Mexican teams. The Chicago Fire, Houston Dynamo, New England Revolution and Chivas USA all will compete against Mexico’s Pachuca, Monarcas Morelia, Pumas UNAL and Puebla.
Again the question comes out, does anyone really care?
Honestly if its not in your local MLS market you probably don’t care a single bit. Hell probably even in some MLS markets that do have it don’t even care. (Excuse me for being rude if you do like this tournament, just giving an honest opinion on the subject.)
I think for once none of the MLS teams really stand a chance in winning this tournament. Chivas and New England may have won their league game this past weekend but their seasons haven’t exactly been anything special. I’d guess New England with all their injury issues this year really don’t need another few games in the middle of the season to play. Houston and Chicago haven’t exactly done anything great this season either come to think of it.
So why do we still have this tournament? Oh yeah, to see SUM make some cash off of the Mexican teams in the MLS markets. Right.
I’m sure SUM envisioned this to be a mini-Europa League type tournament but its far away from that at this point. The tournament once again comes at a time when MLS clubs don’t need an extra set of games while the Mexican teams are in their pre-season mode.
At this point I don’t know if this tournament is even fixable. I know some fans enjoy it (mostly New England or Houston fans) but to the rest of the markets most fans don’t even know of this tournament. That has to change if this will ever get bigger.
Maybe this year’s tournament will surprise me and be interesting but for now I’m not holding my breath.