I didn't post much on Copa Sudamericana and DC United's participation in the tournament because I feel like every time I write something on the topic, I hear from people saying that I'm a pro-Mexico homer and that I need to give MLS more credit and all sorts of other colorful feedback.
Well, turns out, another MLS team crashed out against a Mexican side. DC United, pretty much the consensus top team of MLS at the moment, lost to Chivas de Guadalajara by 1-0 in Estadio Jalisco on Tuesday. Chivas moves on. DC is out.
It's funny how just a couple of months ago we all heard about how SuperLiga proved that MLS teams were on par with Mexican sides but now MLS' best team goes down against a team that fired their coach not even a week ago. I guess this shows the biggest flaw in SuperLiga, in that all games were played on American turf. Had this been a one-off series, DC would already have advanced to face Arsenal of Argentina and we'd hear about how coupled with SuperLiga MLS' results against Mexican teams showed the gap has been closed. Instead, DC had to go to Mexico and try to get a result there and wound up with nothing.
Honestly, that whole debate doesn't really concern me too much. The Mexican league has better clubs than MLS. That's just fact. But what's also true is that the two leagues play by different rules and have vastly different environments (acceptance among country's fans and media, financial backing, etc.). Of course, with more financial resources and relatively few roster limitations, you would expect the Mexican league to have stronger and deeper clubs.
Before anyone proclaims MLS' superiority over Mexico, I'd like to see an MLS club go down into Mexico and get a result. KC beat Santos back in like 2001 or something but otherwise it's been utter domination by Mexican teams. Yeah, MLS teams can play with Mexican teams and the scores aren't 6-0 like they have been in the past but the results are the same.
Anyway, forgive me if this result doesn't surprise me. I was on Around the League in 90 Minutes today, a show on Champions Soccer Radio, and I said on there that DC blew it by not having won by more than a goal at home and I brought up MLS' paltry record in Mexico and that MLS teams had been outscored something like 35-4 or something along those lines in the CONCACAF Champions Cup and I expected Chivas to pull it out.
So this result surprises me about as much as the sun does when it shines through my window every morning.