2008–09 CONCACAF Champions League

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2008–09 CONCACAF
Champions League
Tournament details
Dates 26 August 2008 – 30 April 2009
Teams 24 (from 13 associations)
Final positions
Champion(s) Mexico Atlante (2nd title)
Runners-up Mexico Cruz Azul
Tournament statistics
Matches played 77
Goals scored 223 (2.9 per match)
Attendance 539,397 (7,005 per match)
Top scorer(s) Mexico Javier Orozco
(7 goals)
2008 (Champions' Cup)

The 2008–09 CONCACAF Champions League was the first edition of the CONCACAF club football championship modelled after the UEFA Champions League, replacing the CONCACAF Champions' Cup, and overall the 44th edition of the premier football club competition organized by CONCACAF, the regional governing body of North America, Central America, and the Caribbean. The championship began on 26 August 2008, and it concluded 12 May 2009.[1] Atlante of Mexico won the championship after defeating Cruz Azul, which also come from Mexico on aggregate at the Final. They represented CONCACAF in the 2009 FIFA Club World Cup.

Qualification[edit]

24 teams from 13 nations participated in the 2008–09 CONCACAF Champions League from the North American, Central American, and Caribbean zones. Nine of the teams came from North America, twelve from Central America, and three from the Caribbean. Below is the qualification scheme for the 2008-09 competition:[2]

Teams in bold qualify directly for the Group Stage.

Association Club Qualifying method
North America (9 teams)
Mexico Mexico
4 berths
Atlante 2007 Apertura winner
Santos Laguna 2008 Clausura winner
U.N.A.M 2007 Apertura runner-up
Cruz Azul 2008 Clausura runner-up
United States United States
4 berths
Houston Dynamo 2007 MLS Cup winner
D.C. United 2007 MLS Supporters' Shield winner
New England Revolution 2007 U.S. Open Cup winner and 2007 MLS Cup runner-up
Chivas USA 2007 MLS Supporters' Shield runner-up1
Canada Canada
1 berth
Montreal Impact 2008 Canadian Championship winner
Central America (12 teams)
Costa Rica Costa Rica
2 berths
Saprissa 2007 Invierno and 2008 Verano winner
Alajuelense 2008 Verano runner-up2
Honduras Honduras
2 berths
Marathón 2007 Apertura winner
Olimpia 2008 Clausura winner
Guatemala Guatemala
2 berths
Jalapa 2007 Apertura winner
Municipal 2008 Clausura winner
El Salvador El Salvador
2 berths
Luis Ángel Firpo 2007 Apertura and 2008 Clausura winner
Isidro Metapán 2008 Clausura runner-up3
Panama Panama
2 berths
San Francisco 2007 Clausura and 2008 Apertura winner
Tauro 2008 Apertura runner-up4
Belize Belize
1 berth
Hankook Verdes 2007–08 Belize Premier Football League winner
Nicaragua Nicaragua
1 berth
Real Estelí 2007 Apertura and 2008 Clausura winner
Caribbean (3 teams)
Jamaica Jamaica Harbour View 2007 CFU Club Championship winner
Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago Joe Public 2007 CFU Club Championship runner-up
Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Islanders 2007 CFU Club Championship third place

1 New England was both the 2007 U.S. Open Cup winner and the 2007 MLS Cup runner-up, so Chivas USA has claimed USA4 as the 2007 MLS Supporters' Shield runner-up.

2 Saprissa were both the 2007 Invierno and 2008 Verano winner, so Alajuelense has claimed CRC2 as the 2008 Verano runner-up.

3 Luis Ángel Firpo were both the 2007 Apertura and 2008 Clausura winner, so Isidro Metapán has claimed SLV2 as the 2008 Clausura runner-up.

4 San Francisco was both the 2007 Clausura and 2008 Apertura winner, so Tauro has claimed PAN2 as the 2008 Apertura runner-up.

Format[edit]

There was a two-legged Preliminary Round for 16 clubs, with the eight winners advancing to the Group Stage. They were joined by the other eight teams who were seeded directly into the Group Stage. The clubs involved in the Group Stage were placed into four groups of four with each team playing the others in its group in both home and away matches. The top two teams from each group will advance to the Knockout Rounds, which will consist of two-legged ties. The Final Round, to be held in late April 2009, were also two-legged. Also, unlike the previously contested CONCACAF Champions' Cup, the away goals rule is used in the CONCACAF Champions League, but does not apply after a tie goes into extra time.[3]

Group Stage
Pot A Mexico Atlante Mexico Santos Laguna United States Houston Dynamo United States D.C. United
Pot B Costa Rica Saprissa Honduras Olimpia Guatemala Municipal El Salvador Luis Ángel Firpo
Preliminary Round
Pot A Mexico Universidad Nacional Mexico Cruz Azul United States New England Revolution United States Chivas USA
Costa Rica Alajuelense Honduras Marathón Panama San Francisco Canada Montreal Impact
Pot B Guatemala Jalapa El Salvador Isidro Metapán Panama Tauro Belize Hankook Verdes
Nicaragua Real Estelí Jamaica Harbour View Trinidad and Tobago Joe Public Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Islanders

Preliminary round[edit]

The draw for the Preliminary Round was held on 11 June 2008 in New York City. The first legs of the Preliminary Round were played from 26 August 2008 to 28 August 2008, while the second legs were played from 2 September 2008 to 4 September 2008.[4]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Jalapa Guatemala 1–5 Panama San Francisco 1–0 0–5
Joe Public Trinidad and Tobago 6–1 United States New England Revolution 2–1 4–0
Alajuelense Costa Rica 2–3 Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Islanders 1–1 1–2
Cruz Azul Mexico 12–0 Belize Hankook Verdes 6–0 6–0
Harbour View Jamaica 0–3 Mexico Universidad Nacional N/A [5] 0–3
Tauro Panama 3–1 United States Chivas USA 2–0 1–1
Montreal Impact Canada 1–0 Nicaragua Real Estelí 1–0 0–0
Isidro Metapán El Salvador 3–4 Honduras Marathón 2–2 1–2

The effects of Hurricane Gustav led to the cancellation of the first leg of the Harbour View - Universidad Nacional tie, and as a result the tie was contested as a single match.[6]

Group stage[edit]

The Group Stage draw was held on 11 June 2008 in New York City and was unveiled on 16 June 2008.[4] Winners and runners-up of each group advance to the quarterfinals.[3]

Group A[edit]

Club Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Honduras Marathón 6 4 1 1 12 5 +7 13
Mexico Cruz Azul 6 3 1 2 8 4 +4 10
Costa Rica Saprissa 6 3 1 2 7 9 −2 10
United States D.C. United 6 0 1 5 4 13 −9 1
  DCU SAP CRU MAR
D.C. United 0–2 0–1 2–4
Saprissa 2–2 1–0 2–1
Cruz Azul 2–0 4–0 1–1
Marathón 2–0 2–0 2–0
  • Cruz Azul is ranked ahead of Saprissa based on head-to-head record, which is the first tiebreaker.[3]

Group B[edit]

Club Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Mexico Universidad Nacional 6 3 3 0 18 7 +11 12
United States Houston Dynamo 6 2 3 1 9 9 0 9
El Salvador Luis Ángel Firpo 6 2 2 2 6 8 −2 8
Panama San Francisco 6 0 2 4 4 13 −9 2
  HOU LAF SFR UNAM
Houston Dynamo 1–0 2–1 1–3
Luis Ángel Firpo 1–1 1–0 1–1
San Francisco 0–0 2–3 1–1
UNAM 4–4 3–0 6–0

Group C[edit]

Club Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Mexico Atlante 6 3 2 1 6 3 +3 11
Canada Montreal Impact 6 3 2 1 10 5 +5 11
Honduras Olimpia 6 2 2 2 10 6 +4 8
Trinidad and Tobago Joe Public 6 1 0 5 3 15 −12 3
  ATL OLI JOE MON
Atlante 1–0 0–1 2–1
Olimpia 1–1 4–0 1–2
Joe Public 0–2 1–3 1–4
Montreal Impact 0–0 1–1 2–0
  • Atlante is ranked ahead of Montreal Impact based on head-to-head record, which is the first tiebreaker.[3]

Group D[edit]

Club Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Mexico Santos Laguna 6 3 1 2 14 11 +3 10
Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Islanders 6 2 2 2 9 10 −1 8
Panama Tauro 6 2 2 2 9 10 −1 8
Guatemala Municipal 6 1 3 2 12 13 −1 6
  SAN MUN PRI TAU
Santos Laguna 3–2 3–0 3–0
Municipal 4–4 2–2 2–2
Puerto Rico Islanders 3–1 0–1 2–1
Tauro 2–0 2–1 2–2
  • Puerto Rico Islanders is ranked ahead of Tauro based on head-to-head record, which is the first tiebreaker.[3]

Championship Round[edit]

The draw for the Championship Round was held on 10 December 2008. In each round, teams will play their opponent once at home and once away. The four group winners from the Group Stage will play the second leg at home in the Quarterfinals. The order of the home and away matches for the Semifinals and Finals were determined at the draw.

In all rounds, if two teams are tied after both legs then two fifteen minute halves of extra time are played. If the two teams are still tied on total goals after extra time a penalty shootout determines the winner.

Bracket[edit]

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                                 
 Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Islanders 2 1 3  
 Honduras Marathón 1 0 1  
   Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Islanders 2 1 3 (2)  
   Mexico Cruz Azul (p) 0 3 3 (4)  
 Mexico Cruz Azul 1 1 2
   Mexico Universidad Nacional 0 0 0  
     Mexico Cruz Azul 0 0 0
   Mexico Atlante 2 0 2
   Canada Montreal Impact 2 2 4  
 Mexico Santos Laguna 0 5 5  
 Mexico Santos Laguna 2 1 3
   Mexico Atlante 1 3 4  
 United States Houston Dynamo 1 0 1
   Mexico Atlante 1 3 4  


Quarterfinals[edit]

The first legs of the Quarterfinals were played from 24 February 2009 to 26 February 2009, while the second legs were played from 3 March 2009 to 5 March 2009.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Houston Dynamo United States 1–4 Mexico Atlante 1–1 0–3
Montreal Impact Canada 4–5 Mexico Santos Laguna 2–0 2–5
Puerto Rico Islanders Puerto Rico 3–1 Honduras Marathón 2–1 1–0
Cruz Azul Mexico 2–0 Mexico Universidad Nacional 1–0 1–0

Semifinals[edit]

The first legs of the Semifinals were played on 17 March and 18 March 2009, while the second legs were played on 7 April and 8 April 2009.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Puerto Rico Islanders Puerto Rico 3–3 (2–4 p) Mexico Cruz Azul 2–0 1–3 (aet)
Santos Laguna Mexico 3–4 Mexico Atlante 2–1 1–3

Final[edit]

The two-legged Final was played on 22 April and 12 May 2009. The second leg was originally scheduled for 29 April, but was postponed until 12 May by CONCACAF due to concerns over an outbreak of Swine Flu in Mexico.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Cruz Azul Mexico 0–2 Mexico Atlante 0–2 0–0
CONCACAF Champions League
2009 Champion
Mexico
Atlante
Second Title

Leading Goalscorers[edit]

Rank Name Club Goals
1 Mexico Javier Orozco Mexico Cruz Azul 7
2 Mexico Agustín Enrique Herrera Mexico Santos Laguna 5
Mexico Francisco Palencia Mexico Universidad Nacional 5
Guatemala Guillermo Ramírez Guatemala Municipal 5
Guyana Gregory Richardson Trinidad and Tobago Joe Public 5
6 Panama Brunet Hay Panama Tauro 4
Panama Edwin Aguilar Panama Tauro 4
Ecuador Christian Benítez Mexico Santos Laguna 4
Panama Roberto Brown Canada Montreal Impact 4
Honduras Milton Núñez Honduras Marathón 4
Colombia Carlos Quintero Mexico Santos Laguna 4
Mexico Vicente Matías Vuoso Mexico Santos Laguna 4
Paraguay Pablo Zeballos Mexico Cruz Azul 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CONCACAF Champions League Officially Launched" (Press release). CONCACAF. 2008-01-28. Retrieved 2008-01-28. 
  2. ^ "Qualifying Format Unveiled for 2008-09 CONCACAF Champions League" (Press release). CONCACAF. 2008-05-14. Retrieved 2008-05-14. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "CONCACAF Champions League Regulations 2008/2009" (PDF) (Press release). CONCACAF. Retrieved 2008-07-27. 
  4. ^ a b "Preliminary Round match-ups unveiled for 2008-09 CONCACAF Champions League" (Press release). CONCACAF. 2008-06-11. Retrieved 2008-06-11. 
  5. ^ "CONCACAF Champions League match rescheduled due to Hurricane Gustav" (Press release). CONCACAF. 2008-08-28. Retrieved 2008-08-28. 
  6. ^ "CONCACAF Champions League match between Harbour View - Pumas UNAM cancelled" (Press release). CONCACAF. 2008-08-29. Retrieved 2008-08-29.