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DC United in Copa Nissan Sudamericana

El Kapitan2010-05-13 11:40:37 +0000 #1
Some of you already know, as for others this would be news, but the DC United would be playing this September the Copa Nissan Sudamericana, the second most important club competition in the American Continent (the first one is of course La Libertadores), they took the spot reserved to a non-Mexican club of the CONCACAF, originally this spot was reserved for Club Saprissa from Costa Rica but later they declined and finally DC was invited.

The DC would go along with the Mexican clubs Pumas and America as the guest teams from the CONCACAF to this tournament, this three clubs would start the tournament in the Second Round just like the last champ of the tournament Boca Jrs.

This tournament is played with 34 teams, 31 from CONMEBOL, 2 from Mexico and one non-mexican club from CONCACAF, all rounds are played in knock-out series of two games, each team would play one game at home and one as visitant, the club with more victories between both maches advance, if the clubs are tied in results the club with more goals advance. In fewer words the Open Cup Lamar Hunt system.

Now the first match for the DC United would be played in Washington DC the next September 21, and the second game in October 5th as visitant, the DC rival is still unknown, but one thing is from sure is gonna be from Chile or Peru.

I guess some of you wander how they would fare in this official tournament against south americans, even if you are only followers of the MLS and not DC fans.


roggie152010-05-13 11:46:06 +0000 #2
That's pretty cool. I deffinatly wanna see how DC fares against these clubs. About the Copa Libertadores... when was that played and what teams played in it? I remember reading a bit about it in the Mexican or maybe it was the Brazilian section, but I didn't really understand who was in the tournament and what it was about. Any info?
El Kapitan2010-05-13 11:58:07 +0000 #3
Well La Libertadores is played in the first half of the year so the next one would start in february of 2006 and the last one ended this past june.

As to which teams play it, is pretty similar to the Champions League, with all the Champions of the CONMEBOL countries envolved playing the tournament plus the runer-ups, third places and additional teams from other CONMEBOL countries also since this year edition Mexican clubs have three spots to La Libertadores, but the mexican federation being part of CONCACAF can't send the champ to La Libertadores because the mexican champ must play the CONCACAF Champs Tournament, so they organize a tournament in December with eight clubs to give two spots and the third is granted to a past mexican champ.

Now the total number of clubs in the tournament is 38, there's a preliminary round with 12 clubs, from them 6 advance to the actual Libertadores. Then there's a group stage with 8 groups of 4, just like in the Champions League, the top two teams within each group advance to the final 16 round, then just like in the Champions League they are matched in small series of two teams visiting each other and advancing the winner of that series to the final 8 round, that systems works all the way to the final, a final that unlike the Champions League is played in a series of two games just like the previous round, each finalist would have a game as local and one as visitor, the best ranked team in the group stage between the two finalist gets the final game of the final.

Uff!! It sounds long, because it's a long tournament.

Now the names of the teams change every year but the spots granted to each country is the same every year:

Last Champ-1

Argentina- 5

Brazil- 5

Columbia-3

Chile-3

Uruguay-3

Peru-3

Bolivia-3

Ecuador-3

Venezuela-3

Paraguay-3

Mexico-3

The last champ of la Libertadores is Sao Paulo of Brazil, other usual names in this tournament are River Plate (ARG), Boca Jrs. (ARG), Santos (Brazil), Palmeiras (Brazil), America de Cali (COL), Junior (COL),Universidad de Chile (CHI), Colo Colo (CHI), Nacional (URU), Peñarol (URU), Strongest (BOL), Liga Deportiva (ECU), Cerro Porteño (PAR), Caracas (VEN), Alianza Lima (PER).
El Kapitan2010-05-13 11:54:32 +0000 #4
To see who played the Libertadores this year go to:

www.conmebol.com/com...1&ano=2005&slangab=S

The site is in spanish, if you don't speak spanish don't worry the names of the teams are next to the flag of their country and the rest is pretty simple to follow as long you are not trying to find out more info.

Here you can see how the cup developed in each stage:

www.conmebol.com/com...dos,1081,2005,S.html
PAO_HELLAS2010-05-13 12:24:57 +0000 #5
Playing at club competitions of the American continent will help a lot clubs of USA to advance.
Ese_Guy2010-05-13 13:27:43 +0000 #6
I think this is awesome for the MLS.

I really do hope that DC United represents well.
Chileno2010-05-13 13:27:52 +0000 #7
Hi there! I revived this topic cause the tournament has started and I would like to know more about DC United. Is it the biggest team in the U.S? In what formations do they usually play? Most valuable player?

I wanted to know these things because there is an 80% chance you will meet a Chilean team. Universidad Catolica , they rolled over the peruvian oposition 5-0 in Santiago!! I doubt the peruvians will be able to turn that score around in Peru.

U.Catolica, a.k.a. Crusados ("Crusaders") are the third most popular team in Chile, they qualified to the tournament by goal difference beating their arch-rivals Universidad de Chile (mi team ), the second most popular team in Chile. (As a side note, the most popular team in Chile is Colo-Colo, the only chilean team to ever win a Libertadores Cup.)

U.Catolica are a good solid team, but they are known here as the "almost there" team because of their sad tendency to choke in desicive moments. They are the champions of second and third places

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Anyway, as a chilean representative I wish them luck and I hope they can repeat the 5-0 against DC United

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3tym2010-05-13 12:12:02 +0000 #8
naw man, i have faith in dc. its isnt going to be no 0-5 that team. i think dc got this. can anyone update the scores for dc?

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