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Poll: CCL Knockout Rounds v MLS Cup v Supporters Shield

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You Faithful, You Supporters, You Sounders at Heart -  What is your desire?
You Faithful, You Supporters, You Sounders at Heart - What is your desire?

MLSsoccerfutbolfootball.com set-up a poll today that pitted the CONCACAF Champions League trophy versus the MLS Cup. Not surprisingly about 70% preferred the CCL title to MLS Cup Champions, but that really isn't the point. That even 30% of people would prefer a title that is won every year versus one that an MLS team hasn't one in nearly a decade, and only twice (by DC United and the Los Angeles Galaxy), is stunning.

And that isn't really how a team can approach the CCL. It is much harder, takes much more effort, has a mini-season (Group Stage) within one MLS season and a knockout in another. The question of prioritization of the regional tournament against the league season and playoffs takes place next year, not this.

This year is about making it out of the knockout rounds, which is rare enough for MLS sides. And so the more difficult question is posed. It is the kind of challenge that Sigi Schmid and Adrian Hanauer are dealing with right now. You can't win a Cup without making it to the knockout stages of either the CCL or MLS.