The Monday After: Draft Wrap, CONCACAF Changes & More

The MLS SuperDraft is over and teams are now gearing up for the start of training camps later this month.  As typically happens this time of year, some of the best exposure for MLS came in the form of local newspaper articles about draftees.  By covering the success of their locals products, these hometown papers expose the league and its teams to new audiences that typically don’t receive coverage of soccer in their paper.  One great example is this piece from the Lancaster Intelligencer-Journal, the primary paper in Lancaster County, PA.  For the second time in as many years, Lancaster County has been home to one of the top picks in the MLS SuperDraft, and the paper has responded with solid coverage of both drafts.   The News Tribune in Tacoma Washington weighed in with this coverage of local product and Revolution draftee Kelyn Rowe.

CONCACAF announced changes last week to the C’hampions League format for the 2012/2013 version of the tournament.  The federation will do away with the “play-in” portion of the tournament, instead dividing the 24 teams into groups of 3.  One first place team will emerge from each group and enter the quarterfinals.  This will significantly reduce travel costs for the teams and will likely ensure that more MLS teams advance to the quarterfinal round.

CONCACAF was not the only tournament to announce big changes last week.  The US Open Cup is moving forward with a significant alternation in the fabric of the event.  All MLS teams are entered now and the host team will no longer be determined by sealed bid.  A total of 64 teams will enter the event with all matches concluded in August.