Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Royal Army marches on to CCL final

An MLS team has not won the CONCACAF Champions League (née Champions Cup) since 2000 and one has never graced the FIFA World Club Cup*. Last night, Real Salt Lake strengthened their bid to do both at once by making the big federation final with a 3-2 aggregate victory over semifinal second leg hosts Saprissa.

I included yesterday's pre-game 360 clip before the highlight reel to round out this presentation as a story. Sadly, I only found Spanish language post-game reports. Is it just me or do most parts of soccer fan America not named Seattle need a little help blending cup fervor into its club mindset? With MLS fans already getting their tourney fix from the league postseason, it probably won't be so easy.

- Greg Seltzer

* = Los Angeles qualified to appear in the 2001 edition, but it was scrapped due to tournament financial issues.


over there said...

It's a completely foreign concept to American sports fan. I have a friend who is a newly converted RSL supporter after going to her first game at Rio Tinto, the dismantling of the Galaxy. She had absolutely no clue what the non-league competitions were. I had to explain that she should follow this very big game her club is in.

From what I heard from a friend in San Jose, the U.S. Embassy had a pretty good showing supporting RSL at the game.

pate said...

I think RSL is doing a pretty good job of explaining and showing the importance of the CCL. It's showing up on the radio (mostly the sports talk stations, but I've heard it on other stations as well), the local TV news is covering it, and our big local papers have it covered (one of them even sent a reporter to cover the game from San Jose).
We even put more fans in the seats for our leg of the semis than Saprissa did (if I read last night's attendance correctly as ~15K) ...

Greg Seltzer said...

Awesome. That's what I want to hear! RSL is a class organization, they deserve it.