Thursday, March 5, 2009

He's a believer

I had a great conversation with USL President Francisco Marcos earlier this morning. While I can't put some of what he said regarding his overall thoughts on Puerto Rico's run and his league and the CONCACAF Champions League here right now, I did have the opportunity to talk to him about Montreal tonight and how he feels about their chances.

I wrote up a story for that for Goal.com. I'll have a column on some of the other stuff on SI.com tomorrow.

As far as Montreal goes, if they score one goal, it would force Santos to score four in order to win. They do have an opportunity to advance and make the CCL semis a USL-Mexico affair... well, it already is an exclusive USL-Mexico party but it could be two teams apiece instead of three Mexican teams and one USL representative.

This USL-MLS discussion is far from over, friends. And the USL is not a crackpot second-rate league either.

7 comments:

Rudy said...

Regardless of what either league says, ideally MLS and the USL will merge at some point down the road when the country is ready for a relegation/promotion system.

joel es latest soccer news said...

The USL is really shining during this tourney.

East River said...

Man Montreal is up at halftime 2-1! Santos essentially needs like what 6 goals? And Sanchez has already been sub out at the 35th minute for some unknown injury. Burning a sub on a GK in the 1st half and losing 4-1 on aggregate. 2nd half is going to be sick and the home crowd is in total shock. It would be unreal if Montreal wins in Mexico let alone win the series but its looking more and more possible.

Anonymous said...

Santos won 5-2! Kick ass! What a F-ing game!

East River said...

Montreal loses on 2 stoppage time goals by Santos! final on aggregate 5-4! Final score of the game 5-2! Montreal's defending just let them down at the end and their GK is just not as good as Gaudette for the Islanders. Santos fans go crazy but Santos coach must be glade as hell he did not loose this series to a 2nd division Canadian team. Unreal how do you give up 2 goals in stoppage time?!!!

Anonymous said...

2nd division Canadian team? Canada has a 1st division league?

Great game, does anyone know when the last team a Mexican team lost in Mexico?

East River said...

Trinidad's Joe Public beat Santos or Atlantic in Mexico this fall during the group stage of this tournament.

And yes Montreal is a 2nd division club as Toronto is plays in a 1st division league in Canada the MLS followed by USL with Vancouver and Montreal. Canada does have its own league its the 3rd division Canadian Soccer League. Montreal's reserve team "The Attack" play in that league.