Major League Soccer junkies weren’t the only ones taking in the CONCACAF Cup quarterfinals this week involving both D.C. United and Houston. RSL midfielder Kyle Beckerman said he and his teammates watch those matches as well and look forward to a day when they can play in the SuperLiga or the expanded CONCACAF Champions League.
‘We watch the games, and we know there’s extra money out there, so it’s an extra bonus for you. And it cuts your preseason a little short, which is good. You’re in season once the tournament starts,’ he said. ‘It’s a neat little thing that we’d all look forward to playing in.’
With that said, based on Real Salt Lake’s short history, a top four finish in MLS seems highly unlikely in 2008. To qualify for either competition in 2009, RSL would need to finish with one of the two best records in the regular season, or be one of the two teams to advance to MLS Cup. With so many new faces this year, and the inevitable learning curve of playing together, perhaps RSL’s best hope for inclusion in these tournaments will be in 2010.
Keep your conference predictions coming. Early next week the Deseret Morning News will be publishing its annual MLS Eastern and Western Conference predictions. In conjunction we’d also like to publish fan predictions, and so far we’ve received 16 responses from our readers. How do you think the top 7 teams in both the East and West will shake out this year? To see other reader responses, see yesterday’s blog entry titled ‘4-4-2 is likely formation in ’08’
With the season just around the corner, the Deseret Morning News has several plans in regards to expanding our coverage heading into the 2008 season — both online and in print. We welcome your suggestions about ways we can continue to improve this coverage.