CONCACAF talk

FuegoCast #157: Niko Party

The gang returns to review the Fire’s 3-2 win against Philadelphia, review the results and standings around the League, preview the regular season finale at Houston, criticize the wacky MLS Cup Playoffs schedule, and touch on the final ever match day for the CONCACAF Hex. 

Also, Nick files a rare live report from Toyota Park, Gregg calls in from overseas, Nick questions the hierarchy of meats, the gang laughs at another team’s stadium misfortunes, Nick finds familiar hope in the Houston preview, and Gregg joins Nick in cheering for international chaos, Nick has CONCACAF Champions League on the mind, and Gregg knows when to extricate himself from potentially unpleasant situation. 

Host: Gregg Mixdorf
Panelist: Rudy Gomez
Producer: Nick Fedora

TRT: 63:17

FuegoCast #156: Gone Up in Dames

The gang is back to talk about the Red Stars’ 1-0 Semi Final loss at North Carolina, Nick reviews the main NWSL news of the season, the gang discusses news around MLS, preview the Fire’s match against Philadelphia, and look ahead to a day of World Cup Qualifying chaos. 

Also, Gregg shares his appreciation for multi-cultural profanities, Nick gets settled in and comfy with the listeners, Gregg sees a favorite player’s international career end before his eyes, the gang will probably likely return next week, and Nick and Rudy just want to go watch the new Star Wars trailer. 

Host: Gregg Mixdorf
Panelist: Rudy Gomez
Producer: Nick Fedora

TRT:  56:33

FuegoCast #154: Focus Shift

The gang returns to discuss the 3-1 loss at Philadelphia, take a look at results and standings around the League, review the Red Stars’ 3-2 win at Houston, preview the matches at San Jose and home against New York City, and then round up some results from Copa Libertadores and CONCACAF League. 

Also, the usual suspects are in parts unknown, Nick can refer Rudy to some people to help with his new hobby, Gregg speculates on a new guest preacher in Utah, Nick questions the Kamara Power Rankings, and Nick shatters minds by reporting on the Fire’s road form.

Host: Gregg Mixdorf
Panelist: Rudy Gomez
Producer: Nick Fedora

TRT: 60:12

FuegoCast #151: Polstering the Defense

The gang returns to review the Fire’s 1-0 away win at Montreal, take a quick peek at the standings, preview Saturday afternoon’s game against the New York Red Bulls, discuss the Red Stars’ 2-1 home win against North Carolina, discuss the trade for Morgan Brian, and round up the international qualifiers.

Also, the rest of the gang is presumably in a forest, Rudy shares a warm sentiment with the fans, Nick further laments the war against the Dark Arts, Rudy asks for a promotional endorsement, Nick and Rudy concoct a recipe for Krakus Ham, Rudy acknowledges Nick’s admiration for an infamous filth bucket, the gang debates the merits of ethnic musical instruments, and Gregg quashes some old beef between Nick and Rudy while reigniting his own with Rudy.

Host: Gregg Mixdorf
Panelist: Rudy Gomez
Producer: Nick Fedora

TRT: 58:30

FuegoCast #149: The Drought of August

The gang returns after a bit of a break to air grievances over the month of August, look ahead to the weekend's game against Minnesota, discuss the recent issues with Matt Lampson, talk about Player Insanity: Red Stars edition as well as their own recent problems, and casually mention leagues around the world including the new CONCACAF League.

Also, Joey makes his return to the lineup while half of the crew is deep in parts unknown, Rudy wants to set something on fire that's already on fire, Joey's loyalties are questioned for the weekend ahead, and Gregg asks the rest of the crew to rejoin this show if they're listening, which they probably aren't.

Host: Gregg Mixdorf
Panelists: Rudy Gomez, Joey T
Producer: Nick Fedora

TRT: 56:19

FuegoCast #145: Table Top Games

The gang returns to discuss last week's 2-2 draw at Portland, look at some surprises of the first half of the season, address some rumors in Player Insanity: Summer Window, quickly roundup the recent Red Stars road trip, and revel in the fun that is the CONCACAF Gold Cup. 

Also, Nick utilizes the new recording set up to croon defensive things into the mic, Gregg surprises Rudy with his most hated team, Gregg files a live report of the RSL beatdown at the StubHub Center, Gregg wants to give a certain international the Han Solo treatment, Rudy shows a Cuauhtemoc Blanco clip to the guys live, and Nick calls out Nicaragua's Technical Director. 

Host: Gregg Mixdorf
Panelist: Rudy Gomez
Producer: Nick Fedora

TRT: 66:12

FuegoCast #142: Did What We had to Do

Gregg and Rudy ride solo as everyone else is out. No Nick on the production turntables means less than pristine audio and no clever episode descriptions. We apologize for this disruption in normal service. 

Host: Gregg Mixdorf

Panelist: Rudy Gomez

Producer: Gregg Mixdorf

FuegoCast #133: The Four and a Half Million Dollar Man

The gang returns to discuss Player Insanity 2017: Bastian Schweinsteiger edition, mention the CONCACAF qualifiers, travel Around the League, preview this weekend's home match against Montreal, and give quick shouts out to Logan Pause FC and the Red Stars. 

Also, Joey is in Texas, the ladies are away, Nick doesn't like the wind, Gregg rants against league writers again, Nick rants about a roster move he's obsessed with, Gregg appreciates Nick's astronomy interest, Rudy wishes discomfort to Columbus, and the gang chuckles at Jason Kreis who continues to be Jason Kreis.

Host: Gregg Mixdorf
Panelist: Rudy Gomez
Producer: Nick Fedora

TRT: 53:09

FuegoCast #118: Pauno Problems

The gang returns to discuss the Fire's 2-1 home loss to Toronto FC including *that* goal, look at Vejlko Paunovic's coaching abilities, preview Friday's home game against D.C. United, run down the return of CONCACAF Champions League, break down the MLS Supporters Shield race, and Rudy reports on some Liga MX chaos. 

Also, the ladies are in Parts Unknown, Nick continues to work in the audio mines, Joey reacts live to the second Toronto goal, the gang are in various emotional states, Gregg has trouble with the CONCACAF website, Gregg didn't get the Landon Donovan Bandwagon memo, Joey's phone buzzes, Joey shares a story of filth and adorableness, and the gang struggle to find outlets for their soccer addiction. 

Host: Gregg Mixdorf
Panelists: Rudy Gomez, Joey T
Producer: Nick Fedora

TRT: 58:34

FuegoCast #99: Little Fish, Big Fish

The gang returns to try something new as they round up some international action starting with the US U-23 drawing at Columbia 1-1, discuss the shambolic 2-0 loss the senior US Men's team suffered in Guatemala, highlight Mexico's 3-0 win in Canada, review this weekend's MLS action, touch on some African Cup of Nations qualifiers, and preview Saturday afternoon's Fire game against Philadelphia.

Also, Joey T is on the injured list, Sara remains in parts unknown, Gregg writes fan fiction for a certain CONCACAF filth bucket, Nick doesn't want to drop a hot take bomb on the panel, Rudy plans his travels, Elle comes across a new sport, and Gregg finds difficulty closing the show.

Host: Gregg Mixdorf
Panelists: Rudy Gomez, Elle Harrer
Producer: Nick Fedora

TRT: 41:35

FuegoCast #96: Stage Fright

The gang returns full power to give an in depth breakdown of the season premiere 4-3 loss against NYCFC, discuss the glorious testimonial of Fuego patron saint Cuauhtemoc Blanco and the rest of Liga MX, laugh at the results of last week's CONCACAF Champions League, quickly review the rest of MLS Soccer Sunday, preview Friday's game at Orlando City, and address other Huddalis. 

Also, Joey brings colorful alliteration to the premier, Elle brings research to a hot take for some reason, Gregg likes roller coasters, Sara again calls for death, Joey has issues with the Fire leadership, Nick solely commits to his defensive runs, Gregg makes a fantastic Doody joke, Elle notes Sara's excitement after the first goal, Elle and Joey want to hit Andrea Pirlo in the face in different ways, Gregg hypothesizes on Joao Meira's jersey number, Elle learns a lot about Joey's fantasies, and the gang finds the definitive answer to Messi vs. Ronaldo. 

Host: Gregg Mixdorf
Panelists: Rudy Gomez, Elle Harrer, Joey T, Sara Corona
Producer: Nick Fedora    

TRT: 68:52

FuegoCast #82: El Rey de CONCACAF

The gang returns to mostly ignore the recent Fire news, break down Mexico's 3-2 CONCACAF Cup victory over the United States, discuss the coaching situations for Mexico and the United States, and take a general look at the MLS Playoff picture and Supporters Shield race. Also, Gregg reports on behalf of Nick from the CONCACAF Cup, Sara joins the call like she usually does, then the gang previews the upcoming wrestling shows and corresponding podcast, share their love for Nick who is probably getting frustrated with the episode, and swap photos on the chat that thankfully none of you will ever see.

There really isn't anything much to talk about, folks.

Host: Gregg Mixdorf Panelist: Rudy Gomez, Sara Corona Producer: Nick Fedora


Download: Fuego Ep. 82

FuegoCast #79: All About the Cups

The gang returns from another hiatus to review Player Insanity: 2015 Summer Edition, the 2-0 Brimstone Cup home win against Dallas, offer criticism to Harry Shipp's form, preview Friday's away match at Portland and Wednesday's huge US Open Cup Semi-Final at Philadelphia, catch up with our beloved Chicago Red Stars, and quickly round up some MLS, CONCACAF Champions League, and Liga MX action. Also, Nick calls in from the 405 with terrible audio quality, Rudy calls from what sounds like the bayou, Gregg sounds pristine, Nick argues the semantics of certain formations to add more defenders, the gang discuss the disturbing trend of awful defending in MLS that will surely kill Nick, Gregg adopts a Liga MX team, Rudy and Gregg discuss more wrestling, and Rudy shows Gregg the Alan Gordon spread.

Host: Gregg Mixdorf

Panelist: Rudy Gomez

Producer: Nick Fedora


Download: Fuego Ep. 79

FuegoCast #78: Breaking the Sounders Barrier

The gang returns to discuss the Fire's first ever win against Seattle, preview the home and away series against Columbus, review the League's weekend action, talk about the prime filth fest that is the CONCACAF Copa de Oro, look at the MLS All-Star Game lineup, and give a shout out to our beloved Red Stars. Also, Rudy makes wrestling references, Nick watches games at Pep Boys and mourns the loss of his car, and Gregg coins a new nickname for a certain CONCACAF team.

Host: Gregg Mixdorf

Panelist: Rudy Gomez

Producer: Nick Fedora

Download: Fuego Ep. 78

FuegoCast #64: Preparing for Re-Entry

The gang returns to talk Player Insanity as the Fire look to sign more players from Scandinavian leagues, talk about who the Fire should nab in Round 2 of the Re-Entry Draft, discuss the Liga MX Leg 2 Final, quickly review the Club World Cup, and, of course, the usual Tweets and Huddalis. Also, Elle recovers from finals chaos, Nick tends to work chaos again, Sara tends to chaos involving her sister and knives, Nick is woefully absent during talk about defenders, Joey sits on the sideline while the cleaning crew vacuums his office, Sara and Rudy get catty over the Liga MX Final, Gregg shares a story of mistakes made by Stephen, and Joey asks the listeners to help select a Sideshow Bob XI.

Host: Gregg Mixdorf Panelists: Rudy Gomez, Stephen Piggott, Sara Corona, Joey T Producer: Nick Fedora [audio mp3="https://fuegodemivida.files.wordpress.com/2014/12/fuego-ep-64.mp3"][/audio] TRT: 60:26

FuegoCast #35: Shiny Young Guns in PDX

The gang returns to review the 1-1 draw against the Portlandia Timbers, take a look at the New York Red Bulls side the Fire will be facing in Sunday’s home opener, predict Sunday’s match, judge Quincy Amarikwa’s diving skills, preview the now completed CONCACAF Champions League games, and, of course, the usual Tweets and Huddalis. Also, Stephen in probably in Ireland, Tweed is a ghost in the breeze, Nick is getting huddled at a TV production about beer, Gregg quickly reviews Hristo Stoichkov on UniMas, Rudy quickly reviews the experience in Portland, Gregg mixes his driving and video game metaphors, Elle and Gregg swoon about rugby, and Rudy praises the hospitality of Timber’s Army, and Gregg promotes the new Fuego podcast coming out soon.

Host: Gregg Mixdorf Panelists: Rudy Gomez, Elle Harrer Producer: Nick Fedora [audio http://fuegodemivida.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/fuego-ep-35.mp3] TRT: 44:42

This week in CONCACAF

Another interesting week of action. Monterrey were crowned CAMPEONES DE CONCACAF for a THIRD CONSECUTIVE time. Congrats!

Canadian Championship

In semifinal action Montreal eviscerated Toronto 6-0 to win their two legged series 6-2. Marco Di Vaio was the man in this game with two goals and two assists. Justin Mapp had a goal and an assist himself. Daniele Paponi, Andres Romero and Andrew Wenger rounded out the goal scorers in an epic, sure to be talked about in Montreal lore, win.

In the other semifinal Vancouver took care of business against NASL side Edmonton by winning 2-0 upping their margin of victory to 5-2 on aggregate. Edmonton played a man down from the Fifty-First minute onward.

The two legged final starts May 15th in Montreal. Winner earns a slot in the next CONCACAF Champions League tournament starting later this year.

MLS

There were a trio of early Saturday games. NY beat Cbus in the nationally televised affair. A Louis Robles penalty save (!) and a header by Tim Cahill sealed victory for NY. San Jose looks to be finding a bit of their form from last year by getting a stoppage goal from Sam Cronin to rescue a point from an excellent Montreal side. Final score 2-2. Impressive nonetheless for the Impact as they take a point on the road. The third afternoon game was a WILD affair in Philly which saw heated post game comments from Union coach John Hackworth. The powder keg was set off when ref Jorge Gonzalez issued reds to both Sheannon Williams and Lamar Neagle for a head to head face off. Minutes later DeAndre Yedlin was also ejected following a rather rash tackle from behind. Eddie Johnson got a yellow a minute later for kneeing a downed Philly player. Then there was a BLATANT handball by Leo Gonzalez off a Conor Casey shot that went uncalled. Gonzalez should have been red carded for that. A terrible final ten minutes for the referee. Overlooked in all of that mess was a Danny Cruz brace (in two minutes!) for Philly. That Fucking Guy Eddie Johnson scored along with the detestable Mauro Rosales.

The Saturday nightcaps were not nearly as exciting. Colorado predictably scored a late goal to steal a win from TFC. While RSL dispatched Vancouver with relative ease. RSL's kids were very good. Joao Plata got both assists while Luis Gil scored the first one and Javier Morales scored the second.

Sunday afternoon brought us the massacre of Chivas USA on UniMas. A 4-0 beat down from Kansas City. Most of the damage was done after Dan Kennedy was red carded early in the second half. The young Chivas backline never recovered from their leader being ejected. The late Sunday night game between the Galaxy and Dynamo started very late. 10 PM Central time. I ended up falling asleep during the match but did get to see Landon Donovan miss ANOTHER PENALTY. Hilarity. Houston ended up winning the rematch of MLS Cup 1-0 on a Andrew Driver goal scored in the Fifty-Sixth minute.

For more on the MLS week the was check out Graham Parker and the crew at the Guardian. Best weekly recap going.

Current table sees NY, KC, Houston and Montreal all tied on points for the top spot in the East. Weirdly NY has played three more games than Montreal two more than Houston and one more than KC.  FC Dallas continues their stranglehold at the top of the west.

This next week sees almost a full slate of action on Wednesday. New York vs Montreal (6:30 central KO) and FC Dallas vs Portland (8:00 central KO) look to be the best matchups. All games on Wednesday are available via MLS Live.

Saturday sees the return of the Fire as they do battle with Philadelphia at 12:30PM on NBC Sports. So I'll see you guys at 10 AM on Saturday. Right?

Sunday Houston plays Sporting KC at 7PM available on MLS Live.

Check out the entire schedule here.

Mexico

Tigres beat America at Azteca 2-0 to claim the Clausura and the top spot in the Liguilla playoffs. Excellent work from Tigres all season.

America ended up coming in second due to Atlas somehow losing to Leon 1-0 at home. Who knows maybe they wanted the third seed? No idea. The rest of the results were a bit mundane.

Monterrey snuck into the final playoff spot even while losing 5-1 to Cruz Azul. Winning championships has hangover type effects. Monterrey got into the playoffs even coming in Ninth place because Queretaro was disqualified from the playoffs due to being relegated for next year. Relegation in Liga MX is complicated and involves average points over a certain amount of time. Queretaro lost out to Puebla for the relegation spot. The Leguilla playoffs get started this week. The Univision schedule lists tomorrow as the start date but no times are listed.

There are some terrific pairings to start the playoffs. America vs Pumas being the big one. Mexico City rivals clash here. Both games are expected to sell out. Only 160,000 fans over two legs. No big deal.

The other rivalry happening in the quarterfinals is Tigres vs Monterrey.  The Monterrey derby will be excellent. It is a 1 vs 8 matchup but anyone who just watched Monterrey win the CCL final knows they are dangerous and battle tested over two legs. This will not be easy for Tigres.

CFU Club Championship

This tournament is going on right now. Hard to find much about it but Three CONCACAF Champions league slots are the prize. The winner of each group (there are only two) advance. The runner ups of each group play each other in a playoff game.  Currently W Connection(Trinidad) and Valencia (Haiti) are winning their respective groups. with Portmore United (Jamaica, who were a late replacement for Inter Moengotapoe a Suriname club that withdrew) and Caledonia AIA (Trinidad) in position to play for the final slot.  Results are hard to find so standings may have changed.

Belize

It is playoff time in Belize as Police United take on Belize Defence Force and FC Belize try to take down regular season champs and top seed Belmopan Bandits. The winner of this playoff would play the Bandits for the right to participate in CCL play.

Games were played over the weekend but I am unable to find results.  I will update when I do.

That is it for now.