Monday Musings, Episode III – Revenge of the Greek

Here is my third installment of “Monday Musings.”  As always, it’s a mix of insight, analysis and fluff.

Part I – Fired Up Friday

First off, after some notable snipping on Twitter among Fire fans, it’s a relief to see everyone happy after the Fire got its third victory of the season on a cold and blustery Friday night.  While not quite a sell out in terms actual attendance, the crowd was very loud, and truly into this match.  It has been a long time since we’ve had this type of atmosphere at Toyota Park.  Section 8 was very active and there was even stereo effect between Section 8 and Sector Latino during goal kicks.  You all know the irksome chant.  Someone did their best to translate it when Montreal’s Evan Bush was subjected to this “friendly greeting.”

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CONCACAF Champions League 2014-15: Quarterfinals – Saprissa vs America & Alajuelense vs DC United – 1st Leg Round-Up

Welcome to the (joint) top of the CCL 2014-15 scoring chart, Oribe Peralta (100x100fan.mx)

Welcome to the (joint) top of the CCL 2014-15 scoring chart, Oribe Peralta (100x100fan.mx)

OTF’s Austin Fido recaps the first legs of the second two quarterfinals of CCL 2014-15… Continue reading

CONCACAF Champions League 2014-15: Quarterfinals – Olimpia vs Herediano & Pachuca vs Montreal Impact – 1st Leg Round-Up

Ariel Nahuelpan's fifth goal of CCL 2014-15 puts him joint-top of the Golden Boot race (futbolizados.com)

Ariel Nahuelpan’s fifth goal of CCL 2014-15 puts him joint-top of the Golden Boot race (futbolizados.com)

OTF’s Austin Fido recaps the first two quarterfinals of CCL 2014-15… Continue reading

CONCACAF Champions League 2014-15: Quarterfinals Preview, Part 2 – America vs Saprissa & Alajuelense vs DC United

ICYMI, CONCACAF has a new sponsor. Thanks for pitching in, Scotiabank. (concacaf.com)

ICYMI, CONCACAF has a new sponsor. Thanks for pitching in, Scotiabank. (concacaf.com)

OTF’s CONCACAF editor Austin Fido previews the second two CCL 2014-15 quarterfinal match-ups: America vs. Saprissa and Alajuelense vs. DC United… Continue reading

CONCACAF Champions League 2014-15: Quarterfinals Preview, Part 1 – Olimpia vs Herediano & Montreal vs Pachuca

It has returned (concacaf.com)

It has returned (concacaf.com)

OTF’s CONCACAF editor Austin Fido previews the first two CCL 2014-15 quarterfinal match-ups: Herediano vs. Olimpia and Montreal Impact vs. Pachuca… Continue reading

CCL 2014-15: Group Stage, Round 6 Round-Up

Ariel Rodriguez: heading into the CCL quarterfinals as joint top scorer in the tournament (sportingkc.com)

Ariel Rodriguez: heading into the CCL quarterfinals as joint top scorer in the tournament (sportingkc.com)

The group stage is over, taking CCL with it until the spring. Austin Fido chokes back his grief and looks back at the final round of the opening phase of CONCACAF’s Champions League…

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CCL 2014-15: Group Stage, Round 4 Round-Up

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CCL 2014-15 top scorer after four rounds of the group stage: Club America’s Martin Zuniga (pasionaguila.com)

Favorites reasserted themselves in the fourth round of CCL 2014-15’s group stage. Austin Fido brings the round-up and refreshed predictions…

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CCL 2014-15: Group Stage, Round 2 Round-Up

Be cool, Marco: you're the joint top scorer in CCL 2014-15 after the 2nd round of the group stage. (mlssoccer.com)

Be cool, Marco: you’re the joint top scorer in CCL 2014-15 after the 2nd round of the group stage. (mlssoccer.com)

The second round of the CCL 2014-15 group stage brought the tournament’s first major upset. Austin Fido looks back at the week that was in CONCACAF…

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CCL 2014-15: Group 6 Preview – Alajuelense, Chorrillo FC & Cruz Azul

Your 2013-14 CCL champs, Cruz Azul - back for another run at the trophy. (soccerbyives.net)

Your 2013-14 CCL champs, Cruz Azul – back for another run at the trophy. (soccerbyives.net)

Our CCL 2014-15 preview series has a glance at Group 6 and the reigning CONCACAF champions… Continue reading

CCL 2014-15: Group 5 Preview – Alpha United, Olimpia & Portland Timbers

Monterrey celebrates the first of three consecutive CCL titles. When will we see the like again? (sportsworldnews.com)

Monterrey celebrates the first of three consecutive CCL titles. When will we see the like again? (sportsworldnews.com)

Austin Fido’s CCL preview series moves on to Group 5, and offers more information on Guyana than is strictly necessary… Continue reading

CCL 2014-15: Group 4 Preview – DC United, Tauro FC & Waterhouse FC

The tournament had a different name and a different format - but Ben Olsen has won of these CONCACAF club title. (mlssoccer.com)

The tournament had a different name and a different format – but Ben Olsen and DC United have won a CONCACAF club title in the past. (mlssoccer.com)

Austin Fido continues his hunt for CCL upsets with a preview of the 2014-15 edition’s Group 4… Continue reading

CCL 2014-15: Group 1 Preview – Municipal, Pachuca & Real Espana

Talk to  the right people and you can get a pretty good deal  on bed sheets when CCL is over. (soccerbyives.net)

Talk to the right people and you can get a pretty good deal on bed sheets when CCL is over. (soccerbyives.net)

CONCACAF Champions League is coming! Before the group stage kicks off on August 6, OTF’s Austin Fido is on a group-by-group hunt for upsets… Continue reading

How not to screw up CONCACAF Champions League: a guide for MLS

You want this trophy, MLS? Try a little harder to get it this time. (wvhooligan.com)

You want this trophy, MLS? Try a little harder to get it this time. (wvhooligan.com)

CCL 2014-15 is nigh. Austin Fido is here to ease you back in to the CONCACAF Champions League chat with some friendly advice for MLS’s representatives… Continue reading