Islanders Return to CONCACAF Champions League


Don Garber’s hopes that USL would be shut out of the 2009/10 version of the CONCACAF Champions League have not been realized. Last night in Trinidad, the Islanders recorded a 2-0 semifinal win in the CFU Final Four over Haitian Champions Tempete. Kendall Jagdeosingh scored the winning goal on a cross from Scott Jones early in extra time and Peter Villegas scored another later to provide the margin for victory.

The Islanders will face W Connection of Trindad and Tobago in the final Sunday. This will represent a hostile road atmosphere for the Islanders but after the USL-1 side advanced to the semifinals of the recently completed inaugural CONCACAF Champions League, Colin Clarke’s men are very much used to playing in difficult away environments.

Toronto FC is close to clinching the Canadian birth in the Champions League after two consecutive victories over rivals at BMO Field. Montreal fired head coach John Liminatis after blowing a four goal aggregate goal lead in the CONCACAF CL quarterfinals, limping out of the gates in USL-1 and then losing to Toronto the other night.

Last night under new coach Marc Dos Santos Montreal drew at home with Charleston in front of close to 13,000 at Saputo Stadium.

Another note. Beginning immediately I am contributing to an exciting new site USL News. For those MLS fans who complain that I cover USL too much on this site much of the USL coverage will be written exclusively for that site while we continue to cover USL in perhaps a different way on this site.

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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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