Dancing in the streets (cont'd)
Posted: Thursday July 26, 2007 1:52PM; Updated: Thursday July 26, 2007 3:24PM
SuperLiga shows serious promise
All right, I'm ready to offer a mea culpa. A few days ago I argued that David Beckham should sit the Los Angeles Galaxy's three SuperLiga games because the tournament just isn't that important. Let me clarify: Beckham should still sit out the games so that his injured left ankle can fully recover for the MLS campaign.
But the first edition of the SuperLiga, pitting eight top MLS and Mexican teams against each other, has been a blast to watch this week. The games have offered fast-paced quality action and the kind of hard edge (read: nastiness and scuffles) that comes in competitive matches. Nor does it hurt that MLS have performed well so far, earning two wins and two ties. The Galaxy rode a superb Landon Donovan performance to a 2-1 win over Mexican champ Pachuca, while the Houston Dynamo took a deserved 1-0 win against Club América. Granted, the Mexican teams are in their preseason, and Chivas in particular was without many of its national-teamers for its 1-1 tie against FC Dallas.
But I'm not going to let that dampen my sudden enthusiasm for SuperLiga, which has a tremendous potential to capitalize on the U.S.-Mexico rivalry that has until now been confined to the national-team level. If SuperLiga can eventually offer a Copa Libertadores bid to its winner, then that would provide even more reason for this event to gain traction and raise the stature of MLS with Mexican League fans on both sides of the border.