Guatemala beat El Salvador 2-0 in a friendly match in Washington D.C.
It was an El Salvador B- or even C side.
4 experienced guys, 3 guys with only two caps, 5 guys with only one cap, 8 guys with zero caps.
I still think this tournament struggles with authenticity even with the added CCL spots.
I just don't understand the MLS Liga MX merger talks at all. The optimal number of teams in a 1st division soccer league is 18-20 teams. How will you manage a league with 47+ teams?
He isn't a 90 minute player for us any more.
That is how they presented the lineup but I didn't watch the match. Was he actually playing at CB?
For the #CanMNT I don't see him playing at CB, I don't rate him there. Herdman tried that at the 2019 Gold Cup, right?
Maybe only if someone gets injured mid-game or if there is a red card.
I think the Leagues Cup changes are a pretty obvious trial run/next step for a merged league. In 2019 it started with 4 MLS teams and 4 Liga MX teams. In 2020 it was supposed to be 8 teams from each league (but it wasn't played at all because COVID), but this year they went back to 4 and 4.
So they started with 4+4 teams. Then decided that worked well enough and would go to 8+8. Now they are going all in with every team from both leagues, and stopping their own leagues for a MONTH. This is a pilot episode here. If it works financially, they probably do something to the format to get more games in. This absolutely could grow to the point where it just swallows up everything and all of a sudden you have your super league.
Someone mentioned they thought the CPL would have a chance to one day enter the Leagues Cup if their level of play rises enough. I don't think it has a chance of happening. Playing against Calgary or Ottawa doesn't do anything for American TV ratings, but the Mexican teams can drive ratings, and ticket sales.
I also agree with Ozzie, and I'll assume the CCL will start at a similar time of year as it does now, until it's proven otherwise. Hopefully it's later because it's true that would make things difficult for CPL. I think they will have guys on their roster at that time, but my concern is them having a training camp before it starts and being able to play home games in CCL.
As for the 2 spots for CPL and the format for CCL, I have mixed feelings. I wish there was a group, and I will miss the CONCACAF League as well. The top bunch of seeds will likely be MLS and Liga MX teams, so a high chance of the CPL teams drawing them. So yeah, there is a good chance of selling a lot of tickets, but also a good chance of it being a one and done more often than not. CONCACAF League is a lower level, and played at a better time.
I agree with everything you said, but I just want to point out that at least originally (I assume it's still the same plan) the plan was including some knockout games in Canada and Mexico, not just group stage. I think round of 32 (remember it will be a 48 team World Cup) and round of 16 matches can be played in Canada. It isn't until the quarter finals that it becomes 100% USA.