2002 CONCACAF Champions' Cup

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2002 CONCACAF Champions' Cup
Tournament details
Dates 3 February – 18 September
Teams 16 (from 7 associations)
Final positions
Champions Mexico C.F. Pachuca (1st title)
Runners-up Mexico Monarcas Morelia
Tournament statistics
Matches played 29
Goals scored 74 (2.55 per match)
Top scorer(s) Mexico Alex Fernandes
Venezuela Juan Arango
(4 goals)
2000
2003

The 2002 CONCACAF Champions' Cup was the 37th 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 featured a league format with 16 clubs. As part of the expansion, the quarterfinal stage for the current Champions Cup was moved to the first months of the 2002. Those clubs that had already qualified for the quarterfinal stage of the 2001 CONCACAF Champions' Cup were moved directly into the new league format.

To facilitate the shift to the new cycle of qualifying rounds in the latter half of one year and the league stage in the first half of the following, the decision was taken to use the current competition as the transition period and fold those clubs already qualified into the league format.

In addition, the winner and runner-up of the 2001 CONCACAF Giants Cup (Club América and D.C. United) was also merged into the first edition to provide both of those clubs the opportunity to compete for a spot in the 2003 FIFA Club World Championship, as they would have done under the previous competition system. This was convenient, as one of the qualifying MLS teams, Miami Fusion F.C., was folded after the 2001 season despite winning the MLS Supporters' Shield that year.

Club Comunicaciones,Tauro FC and Alajuelense, were elected as the top Central American non-qualifiers for the 2001 CONCACAF Champions Cup and finally the 2001 MLS Cup champions San Jose Earthquakes and the Mexican 2001 Invierno season champions Pachuca.

Originally, 4 groups of 4 teams each, to be drawn in December or January, were planned, but at the end of November, CONCACAF changed plans once again and decided to play the tournament in a two-legs knock-out format, without a group stage.

Because of this,the tournament's name was changed from CONCACAF Champions League back to CONCACAF Champions Cup.

The two finalists were supposed to qualify for the cancelled 2003 FIFA World Club Championship.

C.F. Pachuca won the tournament, their first in club history, against Monarcas Morelia in the final.[1]

Qualified teams[edit]

North American zone[edit]

Mexico Morelia - 2000 Invierno champion
Mexico Pachuca - 2001 Invierno champion
Mexico Santos Laguna - 2001 Verano champion
Mexico Club América - 2001 Giants Cup champion
United States Kansas City Wizards - 2000 MLS Cup champion and 2000 MLS Supporters' Shield winner
United States Chicago Fire - 2000 MLS Cup runner-up
United States San Jose Earthquakes - 2001 MLS Cup champion
United States D.C. United - 2001 Giants Cup runner-up

Central American zone[edit]

Guatemala Municipal - 2001 Torneo UNCAF champion
Costa Rica Saprissa - 2001 Torneo UNCAF runner-up
Honduras Olimpia - 2001 Torneo UNCAF third place
Guatemala Comunicaciones - 2001 Torneo UNCAF fourth place
Panama Tauro - 2001 Torneo UNCAF semifinal qualifier
Costa Rica Alajuelense - 2001 Torneo UNCAF semifinal qualifier

Caribbean zone[edit]

Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force - 2001 CFU Club Championship finalist
Trinidad and Tobago W Connection - 2001 CFU Club Championship finalist

Bracket[edit]

  First knockout round Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                                         
 Mexico Morelia 2 0 2  
 Costa Rica Saprissa 0 1 1  
   Mexico Morelia 2 1 3  
   United States Chicago Fire 0 2 2  
 Guatemala Municipal 0 0 0
 United States Chicago Fire 1 2 3  
   Mexico Morelia 6 1 7  
   United States Kansas City Wizards 1 1 2  
 Panama Tauro 1 2 3  
 Mexico Santos Laguna 1 4 5  
   Mexico Santos Laguna 2 0 2
   United States Kansas City Wizards 1 2 3  
 Trinidad and Tobago W Connection 0 0 0
 United States Kansas City Wizards 1 2 3  
   Mexico Morelia 0
   Mexico Pachuca 1
 GuatemalaComunicaciones 4 1 5  
 United StatesD.C. United 0 2 2  
   Guatemala Comunicaciones 2 0 2
   Costa Rica Alajuelense 3 3 6  
 Costa RicaAlajuelense 1 2 3
 MexicoClub América 0 0 0  
   Costa Rica Alajuelense 2 0 2
   Mexico Pachuca 1 2 3  
 Trinidad and TobagoDefence Force 1 0 1  
 MexicoPachuca 0 4 4  
   Mexico Pachuca 3 0 3
   United States S.J. Earthquakes 0 1 1  
 HondurasOlimpia 0 1 1
 United StatesS.J. Earthquakes 1 3 4  

First round[edit]

First leg and Second leg matches were played between February 3, 2002 and March 27, 2002.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
LD Alajuelense Costa Rica 3-0 Mexico Club América 1-0 2-0
Comunicaciones Guatemala 5-2 United States DC United 4-0 1-2
C.F. Pachuca Mexico 4-1 Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force 0-1 4-0
San Jose Earthquakes United States 4-1 Honduras Olimpia 1-0 3-1
Monarcas Morelia Mexico 2-1 Costa Rica Deportivo Saprissa 2-0 0-1
Municipal Guatemala 0-3 United States Chicago Fire 0-1 0-2
Tauro F.C. Panama 3-5 Mexico Santos Laguna 1-1 2-4
W Connection Trinidad and Tobago 0-3 United States Kansas City Wizards 0-1 0-2

Quarterfinals[edit]

First leg and Second leg matches were played between April 14, 2002 and April 24, 2002.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Comunicaciones Guatemala 2-6 Costa Rica LD Alajuelense 2-3 0-3
C.F. Pachuca Mexico 3-1 United States San Jose Earthquakes 3-0 0-1
Monarcas Morelia Mexico 3-2 United States Chicago Fire 2-0 1-2
Santos Laguna Mexico 2-3 United States Kansas City Wizards 2-1 0-2

Semifinals[edit]

First leg and Second leg matches were played between August 7, 2002 and August 28, 2002.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
LD Alajuelense Costa Rica 2-3 Mexico Pachuca 2-1 0-2
Monarcas Morelia Mexico 7-2 United States Kansas City Wizards 6-1 1-1

Final[edit]

  • Played in one leg at request of the clubs.

Champions[edit]

CONCACAF Champions' Cup
2002 Winners
Mexico
C.F. Pachuca
First Title

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Player Club Goals
1 Mexico Alex Fernandes Mexico Monarcas Morelia 4
Venezuela Juan Arango Mexico C.F. Pachuca 4
3 Ukraine Dema Kovalenko United States Chicago Fire 3
Honduras Milton Núñez Guatemala Comunicaciones 3
Mexico Eduardo Lillingston Mexico Santos Laguna 3
6 Pedro Jiménez Mexico Santos Laguna 2
Costa Rica Sandro Alfaro Costa Rica LD Alajuelense 2
Erick Jimenez Costa Rica LD Alajuelense 2
United States Chris Brown United States Kansas City Wizards 2
Costa Rica Wilmer Lopez Costa Rica LD Alajuelense 2
Franz Torres Mexico Monarcas Morelia 2
Antonio Gonzalez Mexico Monarcas Morelia 2
Colombia Andres Chitiva Mexico C.F. Pachuca 2
Mexico Sergio Santana Mexico C.F. Pachuca 2
Argentina Walter Silvani Mexico C.F. Pachuca 2
22 Various 1

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