22 May 2007

Copa Sudamericana draw

Nothing in the English presses yet, but luckily for you readers that I'm bilingual. Erbol reports on the Sudamerican draw today. If I'm understanding the story correctly, we'll be playing Chivas de Guadalajara home and away first during what amounts to be the round of 16. We get to skip the first phase. The First phase begins July 31st, and the final is on December 5th.

The list of Participating Teams by country is:

ArgentinaBoca Juniors, River Plate, San Lorenzo and Estudiantes de La Plata
BoliviaJorge Wilstermann and Real Potosí
BrazilSão Paulo FC, Vasco da Gama, Figueirense, Goiás, Corinthians, Cruzeiro, Botafogo, Atlético Paranaense
ColombiaAtlético Nacional, and Millonarios
EcuadorEl Nacional
MexicoPachuca, América, and Chivas Guadalajara
ParaguayLibertad and Tacuary
PeruCoronel Bolognesi and Universitario
VenezuelaZamora FC, and Carabobo FC


At 22 May, 2007 14:07, Blogger tucksider said...

so wait... Chivas rematch? that doesn't make any sense.

why invite two teams to a tournament based on their performance in another tournament and then restage the exact same matchup in an early round that the previous tournament had in the semifinal? why bother inviting them at all if one's going to eliminate the other right off the bat?

i think United can beat Chivas fair and square, but i think chances would be better against an unfamiliar team that might be a bit more susceptible to being snuck up on. Chivas will know they have to play to win.

this does mean that United gets another opportunity to sell out RFK with Chivas fans, though.

At 22 May, 2007 14:25, Blogger I-66 said...

If indeed we're playing Chivas again, I'm a little disappointed.

And was it really necessary to invite what's got to be half of the Brazilian league?

At 22 May, 2007 15:09, Anonymous Paul said...

I look at that list, and I think,
"We're out of our league."

At 22 May, 2007 15:22, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chivas rematch is a chance for revenge. The first two games were close. If DCU can pull out the series win and go on that will be quite a statement. Plus DCU may benefit from playing a team that it has played before. Vamos United!

At 22 May, 2007 15:59, Blogger Kinney said...

Oscar: Do you have any idea who United plays if they beat Chivas? Or does it get reseeded after the round?

At 22 May, 2007 17:41, Anonymous Nick said...

If we beat Chivas, we get the winner of a Brasil-Argentina matchup, but it WILL NOT be Boca or River. Also, the winner of Sudamericana gets into the World Club Championship this year, so this will be our second bite at the apple, and provides a little extra incentive. Just one more reason why this tournament is so important...

At 22 May, 2007 23:14, Blogger Oscar M. said...

nick - have you tracked down a full description of the tournament?

At 23 May, 2007 08:29, Anonymous Tom said...

I'm not complaining about it, but how can the tournament organizers justify giving the third best team from CONCACAF a bye into the round of 16? This is, after all a SOUTH American championship. If my team was one of the teams that has to play in a qualifying round while United gets to wait until a later round before joining in, I'd be rather upset.

At 23 May, 2007 16:55, Blogger Michael said...

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At 23 May, 2007 16:57, Blogger Michael said...

Erbol is an online newsletter (Periodico Digital) from La Paz, Bolivia (http://www.erbol.com.bo/)

Here is the quote from that site:
"De esta forma, Chivas de Guadalajara tendrá como oponente al D.C. United de los Estados Unidos también en octavos de final........El sistema de juego del torneo se mantendrá inalterable, será por eliminación directa en partidos de ida y vuelta, en todas las instancias: Primera Fase (36 partidos), Octavos de Final (16 partidos), Cuartos de Final (8 partidos), Semifinal (4 partidos) y Final (2 partidos)." So Chivas plays DC in the second stage.

And now it is posted on the Chivas official web site:

"Chivas ya tiene rival para la Copa Sudamericana
22 de mayo de 2007
Este martes 22 de mayo se realizó el sorteo para definir los encuentros de la Copa Sudamericana, en la que Chivas se medirá al conjunto de DC United en la ronda do Octavos de Final, instancia a la que accederán de forma automática ambas escuadras.
La Copa Sudamericana se jugará del 31 de julio al 5 de diciembre y en esta edición el campeón se llevará una bolsa de más de 1 millón de dólares. Los partidos de octavos de final se disputarán del 11 de septiembre al 4 de octubre."
It's also now in El Informador, the local Guad newspaper:
I am a Chivas fan and friend of Omar Bravo..so looking forward to the rematch from CONCACAF.

At 28 May, 2007 01:28, Blogger amacpher said...

The winner of this tournament does NOT go to the World Club Championship.

Also, this is NOT the South American championship. It's more like the UEFA Cup of South America


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