As we consider the next Liga MX vs. Liga MX final in CONCACAF Champions League, we may also take a moment to study Matthew Doyle’s swell analysis this morning at MLSSoccer.com.
Doyle points out that in a lot of ways, this is just about finishing. Seattle created enough chances in Tuesday’s Champions League second leg draw with Santos Laguna, especially considering that Sigi Schmid’s team was on the road, and in a place where visitors wilt.
Same for last night’s Galaxy setback in Mexico, where C.F. Monterrey prevailed 1-0 on the night, and 3-1 on aggregate. With that, the final MLS side has been eliminated from CONCACAF Champions League.
In some ways, that goes back to yesterday’s post on the lack of laser-lock focus in the matches that matter most. Obviously, teams at every level miss chances. But it just takes one to turn a series.
As I said in yesterday’s comment-heavy post, when MLS teams do arrive into the money matches, they tend to miss just a smidge of that essential concentration. That little voice perhaps isn’t quite loud enough that says in a huge match, “Every single ball is important. Every decision matters. Every chance near goal is pure gold.”
Doyle also has some nice tactical insight on the use of a “traditional” striker, one that forces defenders to make marking choices. But the best insight comes in a small chart, one that does show MLS progress in the regional club competition. Here are the league records through the years, also courtesy of Doyle’s piece (linked above):
- 2008-09: 2-10-6
- 2009-10: 7-10-9
- 2010-11: 16-14-8
- 2011-12: 21-16-7
- 2012-13: 16-8-6