Considering major MLS mileposts vs. Mexico and in CONCACAF Champions League


Seattle planted its rave green flag on a stake of MLS history late Tuesday; ProSoccerTalk’s Richard Farley was on the scene to tell you about it.

Sigi Schmid’s Sounders (pictured from Tuesday night) were the first MLS club to eliminate a Mexican team from CONCACAF Champions League action.

It’s a significant milepost between the dominant regional powers. (Well, dominant in national team play, at least, with MLS gaining ground on the dominance measure in club competition, too.)

Where are the others? Here are two of them:

  • Real Salt Lake reached the tournament finals in 2011; until then, the CONCACAF Champions League final had been an all-Mexican affair.
  • Back in the summer of 2011, FC Dallas beat reigning Mexican league champion Pumas UNAM to become the first MLS team to ever win a competitive contest on Mexican soil.

The caveat here is that until 2008, CONCACAF club tournament had been a mix-tape variety of formats and names. So, none of this can be called exact comparison stuff. Still, safe to say that Mexican clubs have long been ahead of their MLS counterparts for quite some time – although that appears to be changing slowly.