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Liga Is Super

D.C. United wil face Chivas (Mexico) on July 12th, Atlante (Mexico) on the 15th and Houston on the 19th. All matches will be played at RFK Stadium and start at 8 p.m. The Chivas-Atlante site has not been determined, and Houston will host each of the Mexican clubs.

The full SuperLiga schedule:

July 12: D.C. United vs. CD Guadalajara (RFK Stadium), Houston vs. Atlante (Robertson Stadium).
July 13: N.E. Revolution vs. Santos (Gillette Stadium), Chivas USA vs. Pachuca (Home Depot Center)
July 15: United vs. Atlante (RFK), Houston vs. Guadalajara (Robertson).
July 16: Revolution vs. Pachuca (Gillette), Chivas USA vs. Santos (HDC).
July 19: United vs. Houston (RFK), Atlante vs. Guadalajara (Location TBD).
July 20: Chivas USA vs. Revolution (Venue TBD - Los Angeles), Santos vs. Pachuca (Location TBD).
July 29: Semifinal 1 (Location TBD).
July 30: Semifinal 2 (Location TBD).
Aug. 5: Final (Location TBD).

By Steve Goff  |  March 13, 2008; 2:56 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Does DC United play Chivas de Guadalajara more often than they play Chivas USA?

Posted by: Super | March 13, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Ouch, tough group.

Posted by: Edward | March 13, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Somebody better update Fisher's estimate of United games at RFK in 2008 total to at least 19.

Posted by: Mas Partidos | March 13, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

How do we rate three home games? Houston two. And one of the Mexican clubs will not have a home game at all. Interesting. Does that mean that the Mexican clubs don't care so much about the Super Liga as the MLS clubs do?

Posted by: Matte | March 13, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

It (the SuperLiga tournament) is a money-maker for Univision/TeleFutura and the FMF and MLS/SUM to have the games played in the US.

Maybe, as (or if) the tournament grows, Mexican teams and the event organizers may desire to have some (or any) of these SuperLiga games played in Mexico. But that doesn't look to be the case in 2008 (just as it was in 2007).

Posted by: $$$ | March 13, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Are we doing too many tournements? Can we stay healthy? Im speculating that lower end teams like Colorado will take advantage and make a push for the playoffs but im just speculating.

Posted by: The Jim | March 13, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

LOL I swear there is a conspiracy to have us start a rivalry between DC-Chivas.

Looks like jaime will get to take out some revenge on maldonado after Venezuela destroyed bolivia at home in the last 10 minutes. Hopfully we can take them out and possibly face them in the CCC finals if we can get past Pachucha' LOL .

Posted by: Bolivian DC Fan | March 13, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

What a group!! Man are the Mexican teams going to be hurtin' with all that travel. This is looking like a sweet edition this time around, I just don't know if can/will survive with an expanded Champions League format (which also compacts its group games to a mighty small window). In any case, we'll enjoy SL while we can.

Posted by: Kosh | March 13, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

I think that the SuperLiga should be used like the UEFA Cup. It seems kind of pointless to play in a tournament to decide regional champion when we already have the CONCACAF Champions Cup and the soon-to-be CONCACAF Champions League. Maybe give some mid-level MLS teams a chance to compete in some international tournaments, otherwise we will always see the same team from MLS participating in regional tournaments.

Posted by: DC United Fan | March 13, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

How do we rate three home games? Houston two.
*******************************************My guess - to make up for last year when Houston had three home games and DCU had two.

Posted by: BillyBob | March 13, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

I agree with DC United Fan.

I know this has aslo been vetted before - but it would behoove the league to get the SuperLiga to be finishers 3-6 on the table or 5-8 on the table. The more the mid-table teams have a chance at some international exposure the better for the overall quality development of MLS.

And as the league climbs to 18 clubs (and 34 regular season matches at that point). Tournaments could bring the overall fixture list up to 40-45 games for the more successful of clubs without the playoffs (hopefully those will be gone as well). Throw in those 40-45 games along with International obligations, friendlies, I'm rambling on things well discussed but you all get the point.

SuperLiga has a spot - but it's time for MLS to put its financial clout into the success of two distinct regional tournaments - and television rights in both English and Spanish for both.

Posted by: UEFA Cup | March 13, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

A chivas USA v. chivas final would be great.

Posted by: tpm26 | March 13, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

A chivas USA v. chivas final would be great.

Posted by: tpm26 | March 13, 2008 03:46 PM

I'd take that as a semi-final match-up with the winner having to face DC in the final.

Posted by: Vamos | March 13, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

The Bundesliga just had a great year financially speaking (w/o the massive accumulation of debt by clubs or equity investments run at a loss, ehem Chelski).

When is MLS going to see some fruits from thier partnership on that front?

Steven, do you have any insight into how that deal has unfolded and what sort of relationship has developed between the two at all? And as rumors swirl that the fans in Toronto are about to host an All-Star game w/ the Hammers while Barca and Real float their US summer plans - why is a Werder Bremen, Bayern Munich, Hamburg, or Leverkusen not in play?

Just curious.

Posted by: Bundesliga Partnership | March 13, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

I know it seems like the best teams from mexico and U.S. gets to play in the better tournments. On one had I think they deserve it for being better than other teams, but i also believe that the mid teams are being left out of money and exposure.
K.C. or RSL or TFC or Columbus these teams never really play in any trournments besides the Open Cup.

Does anyone know when the CONCACAF Champions League starts; and what kind of format they use.

Posted by: ggj | March 13, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

teh Group of DEATH, oh noes!!1

Posted by: silentbob | March 13, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

As is with United's Schedule this year:

(Assuming that CCC and SL no advances and no playoffs)

35 Fixtures
6.7 Average Days b/t Fixtures
14 Days is longest between matches
3 Days is the shortest b/t matches (4x)

Longest Home Stand is June 14 - August 2 (7 Mathces)
Longest Road Trip is August 9 - August 20 (3 Matches)

Posted by: Fixture List | March 13, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

July 12th! I am so there. I was kind of hoping DC would get a game against Chivas. Those games last year were some of the most tense games United played. And yes I believe somebody is trying to start a rivalry between the two clubs and I say, bring it on.

Posted by: Joe | March 13, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

So why isn't Mexico hosting any of these games? Just curious.

Posted by: BK | March 13, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

No games in Mexico because the dollar is still above the Peso and because FMF can grow revenues here (Ref: EPL 39th Game) and because John McCain hasn't secured the border yet.

Posted by: Response to BK | March 13, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Same reason the Mexico NT plays in the US...$$$$$$$$$$$$$

Posted by: RK | March 13, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

CONCACAF has it's Champions League schedule pretty much set. You can find it either on wikipedia under the 2008 Concacaf Champions League or on CONCACAF's website.

You can probably dig through some of the SoccerInsider's late January(?) posts for S. Goff's announcement about it too.

Posted by: TCompton | March 13, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Goff was just described as the Pied Piper leading soccer fans on Washington Post Live.

Posted by: sitruc | March 13, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

This was a great tournament to watch (for me at RFK) last year, and I look forward to it again. Did Chivas buy some condos in the District yet for all their frequent visits?

One question - the announcement says "competitive criteria determined which four teams would represent their respective leagues" So what was it for Mexico?

I can't figure it yet. Chivas, Santos, Pachuca and Atlante are in.

Here were the standings from 2007 Apertura, per rsssf:
38 Santos
34 Toluca
33 Atlante
31 Chivas
29 San Luis
26 America
25 Cruz Azul
24 Pumas,

In the playoffs, the semifinals were Atlante over Chivas and Pumas over Santos, with Atlante winning the final.

Posted by: Rob | March 13, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

I completely agree with DC United Fan they should modify Super Liga to permit lower level MLS to compete give breaks to teams like United. Have they even thought about such a move or they are just brain dead?

Posted by: td | March 13, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

RE: So why isn't Mexico hosting any of these games? Just curious.
From what I read last year, the initial Superliga contract between SUM and the Mexican TV networks was for two years and specified all games in the US. After last year's tournament, the Mexican teams were interested in at least some home games. It won't happen this year because of the contract already being signed, but it's a possibility as early as 2009. Assuming of course the tournament continues, but last year was considered a greater than expected success.

Posted by: TH | March 13, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Goff was just described as the Pied Piper leading soccer fans on Washington Post Live.

Posted by: sitruc | March 13, 2008 05:23 PM

I don't like this. Are we rats being led into the sea or children being abducted because our parents failed to pay Steve?

Does anyone even know the whole story anymore?

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | March 13, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

So the rats in RFK are soccer fans?

Posted by: sitruc | March 13, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

@Posted by: Bundesliga Partnership | March 13, 2008 03:50 PM
MLS will see Bundesliga style money making as soon as they have 5 teams playing in front of 60K+ everyweek. :) Bundesliga will always bee a top earning league. There is simply more support there than anywhere else on earth. If they ever switch to the EPL model of ownership it will once again be fan and away the biggest league in Europe again.
I would love to see Bayern but after the Bayern vs. ManU disater a few years ago, no one has been rushing to bring them back nor are they in a hurry to come back.
Though I do agree we should get a German club in here. They play more technically and tactically sound football than the English clubs. West Ham is a joke. Sorry.
They should have gotten HSV, Schalke, Stuttgart, Dortmund, Bremen or Leverkusen to come play. All good sides and all have good followings all over the world.

re Superliga in Mexico: TV rigths is the issue with no games in Mexico. Even when the contract expires it will be an issue. They have arcane rules about that and it will be a problem. (see the scuttled US vs. Mexico in Mexico match for proof of that)

Posted by: papa bear | March 13, 2008 6:31 PM | Report abuse

So the rats in RFK are soccer fans?

Posted by: sitruc | March 13, 2008 06:29 PM

Isn't there at least one resident feline at RFK? When I worked as a volunteer at the 2003 WWC, I was introduced to a black and white squatter who had been nicknamed Fifa. If so, I pity the rats.

Posted by: tri-village | March 13, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

I got to the The Jim and thought Playoffs?
Are you kiddin' me,
I'm gonna worry about the playoffs about as much as I care about how crappy the fox soccer announcers are.
not nil.
The tournaments are what's worth watching and measure the team in a broader context.
I am sure Colorado is gonna work their butt's off (C. Gomez 23 goals).
Yesterday people were talking about the sky falling and today you are talking about playoff runs...
Can we just get to next tuesday before we write off the entire season?

Posted by: madryan | March 13, 2008 11:35 PM | Report abuse

I suspect that Pachuca is in it this year as defending champion.

Posted by: TCompton | March 14, 2008 9:24 AM | Report abuse

...thereby knocking off the playoff team with the fewest points.

Posted by: TCompton | March 14, 2008 9:25 AM | Report abuse

I suspect that Pachuca is in it this year as defending champion.

Posted by: TCompton | March 14, 2008 09:24 AM

That makes sense. And maybe Chivas is in as the current leader in the Clausura 2008, with Santos and Atlante as the points and playoff winners from Apertura 2007.

Posted by: Rob | March 14, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

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