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The Burrito Wrap - Jornada 3

The Burrito Wrap is back after a prolonged summer break- / relocation- / World Cup- induced holiday. A new season means a new format, and while we’ll continue to look at top stories off the pitch, we’ll also try and some variety to the column from week-to-week, meaning you'll get a veritable potluck of Burrito fillings.

Cruz Azul v. Xolos: Breaking Down the CCL Semifinal

One half of the Concacaf Champions League final is now complete. Toluca defeated Alajuelense in the two-legged semifinal match-up by a 3-0 aggregate. The Liga MX club now awaits their Mexican rival to decide which team will win the title and have the chance to represent Concacaf in the Club World Cup. Whom exactly that will be will be determined on Wednesday night in Estadio Azul.

The Burrito Wrap - 25th March

Gloves

Tortilla time! The Burrito Wrap is back, looking at CONCACAF, Puebla and a spot of deja vu.

 

Concacaf Champions League: The Mexican Three

Now that the knockout rounds of the Concacaf Champions League are finally here, we get to see some intriguing Liga MX-MLS match-ups. For those unfamiliar with what these MLS teams are up against, here’s a brief look into the three Liga MX teams visiting the states for the first legs this week.



San Jose / Toluca

Failure by Design: The Chepo Qualifying Campaign

When problems arise with the results of a team, when expectations aren't met, theories pour in from all corners. Multiple targets for blame will be found, deserved or not.  Everyone will have a shot at pinpointing the problems. Someone will eventually get it right, or more than likely, everyone will have piece of the problem identified. It's a normally a mixture of factors that leads to a team falling short of their potential. So, we guess and get some things right. But it's always a little mysterious. That's sport. We don't always know the answers.

World Cup Qualifying: Has It Always Been This Scary?

We're only three games into qualifying, and the worries have already begun (I'm not helping, I worry too much as well). People have been questioning Chepo, the team selections, and most all, the likelihood of Mexico still finishing in the top three. As it stands, Mexico are sitting uncomfortably at the fifth spot in the Hex. Optimists will tell you that they're only two points from the top, pessimists will tell they're one point from the bottom, and realists will tell you that they're not moving anywhere until June 4th.

Concacaf Champions League Final Preview: Santos v Monterrey 2013

The finals of the Concacaf Champions League begin with the first leg later tonight. Santos Laguna host Monterrey in what will surely prove to be a compelling match-up. I write this with confidence due to the fact that we've seen them face each other so many times.

Hexagonal Schedule

CONCACAF held the draw for the Hexagonal phase of World Cup Qualifying today. Here is Mexico's schedule with home games in bold:

Jamaica - February 6, 2013

at Honduras - March 22, 2013

USA - March 26, 2013

at Jamaica - June 4, 2013

at Panama - June 7, 2013

Costa Rica - June 11, 2013

Honduras - September 6, 2013

at USA - Septemer 10, 2013

Panama - October 11, 2013

at Costa Rica - October 15, 2013

National Teams & Redefining Rivalries

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(Check out more from the artist of this fantastic illustration here.) 

A Promising Work in Progress

 

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