CONCACAF Champions League: Group B Preview

Ricardo Ferretti’s UNAM Pumas Squad should win Group B/photo from

Earlier today we previewed Group A, likely the toughest group in the Champions league. This group could quite possibly be the softest. Pumas currently sits atop the table in the Mexican Apertura, and Dante Lopez, one of the few non Mexicans in the side has been playing very well of late. Houston is trying to overcome Hurricane Ike and of course has had its first game of the tournament postponed.  Dynamo striker Brian Ching has been in good form for both Houston and the US National Team. With Canada all but eliminated from World Cup qualifying, Dwayne DeRossario the key figure for the Dynano can focus on this tournament as well as the MLS Cup playoffs.

San Francisco FC of Panama is led ironically by a Salvadorian striker, Rúsvel Alexis Saravia Mejía. Other key players include Juan Ramon Solis and Carlos Rivera both of whom played key roles for Panama’s national team in their excellent Gold Cup 2005 and 2007 campaigns.

Club Deportivo Luis Angel Firpo of El Salvador is led by stiker Patricio Barroche and Carlos Calderon. They will be competitive but will not advance.


1- Pumas

2- Houston Dynamo

3- San Francisco FC

4- Club Deportivo Luis Angel Firpo

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About Kartik Krishnaiyer

A lifelong lover of soccer, the beautiful game, he served from January 2010 until May 2013 as the Director of Communications and Public Relations for the North American Soccer League (NASL). Raised on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the old NASL, Krishnaiyer previously hosted the American Soccer Show on the Champions Soccer Radio Network, the Major League Soccer Talk podcast and the World Soccer Talk Podcast. His soccer writing has been featured by several media outlets including The Guardian and The Telegraph. He is the author of the books 'Blue With Envy' about Manchester City FC, and 'Soccerwarz' about the MLS, USL and NASL infighting.
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