1997 CONCACAF Champions' Cup

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1997 CONCACAF Champions' Cup
Tournament details
Host country United States
City Washington, D.C.
Dates 13 August – 24 August
Teams (from 6 associations)
Final positions
Champions Mexico Cruz Azul (5th title)
Runners-up United States Los Angeles Galaxy
Tournament statistics
Matches played 8
Goals scored 27 (3.38 per match)
1996
1998

The 1997 CONCACAF Champions' Cup was the 33rd edition of the annual international club football competition held in the CONCACAF region (North America, Central America and the Caribbean), the CONCACAF Champions' Cup. It determined that year's club champion of association football in the CONCACAF region.

The teams were split into 3 zones (North, Central and Caribbean). The North American zone qualified 3 teams direct into the quarterfinals and 2 teams played a play-off to get a 4th spot in the quarterfinals. The Central American zone played a regional tournament to get 3 spots in the quarterfinal. The winner of the Caribbean zone got a place in the quarterfinals.

1997 was the first year that teams from the United States' premier league, Major League Soccer, took part in the Champions' Cup. The competitors in the MLS Cup, both winner and runner-up, were each given berths in the tournament.

All but two of the eight games played in the final tournament were played in Washington, D.C.. The final was won by Cruz Azul, who captured their fifth Champions' Cup title with a 5-3 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy.[1]

Preliminary Regional playoffs[edit]

North American Zone[edit]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Los Angeles Galaxy United States 4 - 1 Mexico Santos Laguna
  • Los Angeles Galaxy advance to the quarterfinal.

Central American Zone[edit]

Preliminary Round[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
A.F.C. Euro Kickers Panama 5 - 6 Nicaragua Diriangén FC 4 - 2 1 - 4

First Round[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
CS Cartaginés Costa Rica 9 - 2 Panama Tauro 5 - 0 4 - 2
FAS El Salvador 2 - 2
3-5 (pen)
Guatemala CSD Comunicaciones 1 - 1 1 - 1
Xelajú MC Guatemala 2 - 0 Belize Real Verdes 0 - 0 2 - 0
Juventus Belize 4 - 2 Honduras Real CD España 0 - 1 4 - 1
Luis Ángel Firpo El Salvador 4 - 1 Honduras Olimpia 0 - 0 4 - 1
Diriangén FC Nicaragua 4 - 5 Costa Rica Alajuelense 3 - 2 1 - 3

Second Round[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Juventus Belize 2 - 8 Guatemala CSD Comunicaciones 0 - 3 2 - 5
Xelajú MC Guatemala 2 - 3 El Salvador C.D. Luis Ángel Firpo 2 - 1 0 - 2
CS Cartaginés Costa Rica 4 - 1 Costa Rica L.D. Alajuelense 0 - 0 4 - 1
  • Comunicaciones, Luis Ángel Firpo and Cartaginés advance to the quarterfinal.

Caribbean Zone[edit]

1997 CFU Club Championship

Group 1[edit]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
L'Etoile de Morne-à-l'Eau Guadeloupe 0 - 0 Barbados Notre Dame SC
United Petrotrin Trinidad and Tobago 2 - 0 Guyana Omai Gold Seekers
Omai Gold Seekers Guyana 0 - 2 Barbados Notre Dame SC
United Petrotrin Trinidad and Tobago 7 - 1 Guadeloupe L'Etoile de Morne-à-l'Eau
Omai Gold Seekers Guyana 1 - 1 Guadeloupe L'Etoile de Morne-à-l'Eau
United Petrotrin Trinidad and Tobago 5 - 0 Barbados Notre Dame SC

Group 2[edit]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
SV Transvaal Suriname 1 - 0 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Stubborn Youth SC
Seba United Jamaica 2 - 0 Martinique Club Franciscain
Club Franciscain Martinique 1 - 0 Suriname SV Transvaal
Seba United Jamaica 5 - 1 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Stubborn Youth SC
Club Franciscain Martinique 3 - 2 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Stubborn Youth SC
Seba United Jamaica 2 - 0 Suriname SV Transvaal

Qualifying playoff[edit]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
United Petrotrin Trinidad and Tobago 2 - 1 Jamaica Seba United
  • United Petrotrin advance to the quarterfinal.

Quarterfinal Qualified teams[edit]

North American zone[edit]

Central American zone[edit]

Caribbean zone[edit]

  • Caribbean Football Union (CFU):
    Trinidad and Tobago United Petrotrin - 1997 CFU Club Championship winner

Bracket[edit]

Quarterinals Semifinals Final
                   
       
 United States D.C. United  1
 Trinidad and Tobago United Petrotrin  0  
 United States D.C. United  0
     United States Los Angeles Galaxy  1  
 United States Los Angeles Galaxy  2
 El Salvador Luis Ángel Firpo  0  
 United States Los Angeles Galaxy  3
   
   Mexico Cruz Azul  5
 Mexico Guadalajara  1
 Costa Rica Cartaginés  0  
 Mexico Guadalajara  2 Third place
     Mexico Cruz Azul  3  
 Mexico Cruz Azul  5
 United States D.C. United  2
 Guatemala Comunicaciones  0  
 Mexico Guadalajara  2
 

Quarterfinals[edit]

1997-08-12
Los Angeles Galaxy United States 2 – 0 El Salvador C.D. Luis Ángel Firpo
Welton Goal 45'
Hurtado Goal 78'
Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium
Washington, D.C. - United States
1997-08-12
D.C. United United States 1 – 0 Trinidad and Tobago United Petrotrin
Etcheverry Goal 84'
Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium
Washington, D.C. - United States

1997-08-16
Cruz Azul Mexico 5 – 0 Guatemala CSD Comunicaciones
Galindo Goal 5', 57'
Yegros Goal 42'
Hermosillo Goal 56'
Palencia Goal 78'

Semifinals[edit]

1997-08-22
D.C. United United States 0 – 1 United States Los Angeles Galaxy
Jones Goal 10'
Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium
Washington, D.C. - United States
1997-08-22
Guadalajara Mexico 2 – 3 Mexico Cruz Azul
Sánchez Goal 86' (pen.)
Martínez Goal 90'
Sánchez Goal 26' (OG)
Yegros Goal 36'
Adomaitis Goal 77'
Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium
Washington, D.C. - United States

Third Place Match[edit]

1997-08-24
D.C. United United States 2 – 2 Mexico Guadalajara
Díaz Arce Goal 40'
Iroha Goal 89'
Acosta Goal 55'
Sánchez Goal 86' (pen.)
Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium
Washington, D.C. - United States
  • Third place was shared.

Final[edit]

1997-08-24
Los Angeles Galaxy United States 3 – 5 Mexico Cruz Azul
Hurtado Goal 8', 14'
Campos Goal 78'
Galindo Goal 30' (pen.)
Rodríguez Goal 31'
Adomaitis Goal 36'
Hermosillo Goal 62', 66'
Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium
Washington, D.C. - United States

Champion[edit]

CONCACAF Champions' Cup
1997 Winners
Mexico
Deportivo Cruz Azul
Fifth Title

References[edit]