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CONCACAF Champions League Update

USL-1 soccer is competitive soccer. Don't believe me? Just ask Toronto FC, which fell to the Puerto Rico Islanders 1-0 in the first leg of the preliminary round of the CONCACAF Champions League Wednesday night.

Remember, Puerto Rico reached the semifinals of this hemisphere's top professional tournament last year.

Other winners Wednesday were San Francisco (Panama) and Liberia (Costa Rica).

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Good for, Puerto Rico! Glad they are showing these MLS teams that they can compete with them. Things like this are signs that USL needs to start getting more agressive in promoting the league and showing the soccer community that it is not a joke.

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Good for Puerto Rico!

USL is an entertaining, competitive product, but let's not kid ourselves. Puerto Rico and Montréal had easy paths to the CCL last year since they don't need to go through the US Open Cup, and only the Canadian USL clubs have to best an MLS team to qualify. Now PR and Montréal did perform well when given their chances, but taking a few good results for USL clubs in the CCL hardly proves the merit of USL as a whole. They are exceptions to the rule. Those clubs work hard to win, and their owners are committed to their teams and markets. If only Miami FC were run so well...

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