The Great Debate: CONCACAF Away Qualifiers

In this section, we give our take on one of the most hotly-contested issues in US Soccer.

Harlow Shapley knows something about Great Debates...

Harlow Shapley knows something about Great Debates...

In a brief September 8th article, we brought up the debate on the difficulty of CONCACAF away Qualifiers, citing Ives Galarcep’s “Hazards of road qualifiers” and Luis Bueno’s “Debunking the myth.” While looking through Soccer by Ives this morning, I came upon this in one of his Q&A articles:

This is hypothetical, if the USA and England were to switch places for qualifying, how do you think each team would do?

  • OFC:   won 76%, drew 13%, lost 11%
  • CONMEBOL:   won 58%, drew 26%, lost 16%
  • CAF:   won 58%, drew 19%, lost 23%
  • AFC:   won 51%, drew 16%, lost 33%
  • CONCACAF:   won 49%, drew 19%, lost 32%
  • UEFA:   won 44%, drew 25%, lost 31%
  • The English Premier League (2007-08):   won 46%, drew 26%, and lost 28%
  • MLS (2008):   won 51%, drew 26%, lost 23%
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  1. [...] young team lost tonight to Trinidad & Tobago on the road, I thought our positions on youth and away qualifiers needed a little [...]

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