THE CSA’S CYNICAL CUP DECISION

- January 27th, 2012

UPDATE: A supporter out west took me to task on my analysis of what I believe is unfair seeding. Interested to see if people agree and I’ll respond to all comments.

@CapsOffside: The CSA seems to (for once) have stuck to their own rules. Just doesn’t happen to benefit TFC.

@CapsOffside: I would argue following stated rules if pretty fair. Should we shuffle rules based on perceived improvements?

@CapsOffside: Happens everywhere. Teams qualify for tournaments, then improve or drop quality, still seeded as they deserved.

ORIGINAL POSTING: The cynical nature of the CSA’s decision to match TFC — the three-time defending Canadian Cup champions — against Montreal in the first round of this year’s Voyageurs Cup is blatantly obvious.

As Edmonton’s surprisingly average first season was enough to place two spots above Montreal in the eight-team NASL last year, the four Canadian clubs are seeded as follows:

1. TFC, 2. Vancouver 3. Edmonton 4. Montreal

It’s a formula that forces the Reds to play a much more difficult opening series against what the creators of the tournament knew would be a significantly improved MLS side. Whereas the Whitecaps will more than likely cruise into the Cup final with the luxury of resting key contributors, Toronto will now be forced to expend maximum energy in a pair of midweek contests.

Although the formula is somewhat justifiable based on 2011 league performance, it in no way makes sense.
The organizers seem to be more interested in creating a bigger opening round matchup than seeding the tournament according to actual strength.

May 2, TFC @ Montreal

May 2, ‘Caps @ FCE

May 9, Montreal @ TFC

May 9, FCE @ ‘Caps

kurtis.larson@sunmedia.ca

@KurtLarSun

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3 comments

  1. My argument is simple: Promotion in MLS is different from promotion almost anywhere in the world. The CSA should have used common sense when seeding this year’s Canadian Cup as it knew MTL would be a completely new squad.

  2. Alon Baton says:

    Your “Western supporter” has given us a perfect instance of just the kind of cynicism you’re talking about.

  3. It’s good for the tournament to have TFC-MTL meet in an all MLS cup game. Whether or not it’s fair based on last season and the vast difference in Montreal’s quality is another thing.

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