2014–15 CONCACAF Champions League

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2014–15 CONCACAF Champions League
2014–15 Scotiabank Champions League
Tournament details
Dates August 5, 2014 – April 29, 2015
Teams 24 (from 12 associations)
Tournament statistics
Matches played 48
Goals scored 166 (3.46 per match)
Top scorer(s) Costa Rica Ariel Rodríguez
Mexico Martín Zúñiga
(5 goals each)

The 2014–15 CONCACAF Champions League (officially the 2014–15 Scotiabank Champions League for sponsorship reasons)[1] is the 7th edition of the CONCACAF Champions League under its current name, and overall the 50th edition of the premier football club competition organized by CONCACAF, the regional governing body of North America, Central America, and the Caribbean. The winner will qualify as the CONCACAF representative at the 2015 FIFA Club World Cup.[2] Cruz Azul were the defending champions, but were eliminated in the group stage.

Qualification[edit]

Location of teams of the 2014–15 CONCACAF Champions League from the North American Zone
Location of teams of the 2014–15 CONCACAF Champions League from the Central American Zone
Location of teams of the 2014–15 CONCACAF Champions League from the Caribbean Zone

Twenty-four teams participate in the CONCACAF Champions League: nine from the North American Zone, twelve from the Central American Zone, and three from the Caribbean Zone.

Clubs may be disqualified and replaced by a club from another association if the club does not have an available stadium that meets CONCACAF regulations for safety. If a club's own stadium fails to meet the set standards then it may find a suitable replacement stadium within its own country. However, if it is still determined that the club cannot provide the adequate facilities then it runs the risk of being replaced.

North America[edit]

Nine teams from the North American Football Union qualify to the Champions League. Mexico and the United States are each allocated four spots, the most of any of CONCACAF's member associations, while Canada is granted one spot in the tournament.

For Mexico, the winners of the Liga MX Apertura and Clausura tournaments earn berths in Pot A of the tournament's group stage, while the Apertura and Clausura runners-up earn berths in Pot B.

For the United States, three spots are allocated through the Major League Soccer (MLS) regular season and playoffs; the fourth spot is allocated to the winner of its domestic cup competition, the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The MLS Cup winner and the Supporters' Shield winner (if U.S.-based) are placed in Pot A; the other regular season conference winner (if U.S.-based) and the U.S. Open Cup winner are placed in Pot B. If any of the above spots are taken by a Canada-based MLS team, the Champions League place is allocated to the U.S.-based team with the best MLS regular season record who has failed to otherwise qualify.

For Canada, the winner of the domestic cup competition, the Voyageurs Cup competed for in the Canadian Championship, earns the lone Canadian berth into the tournament, in Pot B.

Central America[edit]

Twelve teams from the Central American Football Union qualify to the Champions League. The allocation is as follows: two teams from each of Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala, Panama and El Salvador, and one team from each of Nicaragua and Belize.

For the Central American teams that qualify via split seasons, the aggregate record of the two tournaments within the season is used to determine which team gains the association's top spot. The pots of the teams are as follows:

  • The top teams from the leagues of Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala and Panama are placed in Pot A.
  • The top team from the league of El Salvador, and the second teams from the leagues of Costa Rica and Honduras are placed in Pot B.
  • The second teams from the leagues of Guatemala, Panama and El Salvador, and the teams from the leagues of Nicaragua and Belize are placed in Pot C.

If one or more clubs is precluded, it is supplanted by a club from another Central American association. The reallocation is based on results from previous Champions League tournaments.

Caribbean[edit]

Three teams from the Caribbean Football Union qualify to the Champions League. The three berths, in Pot C, are allocated to the top three finishers of the CFU Club Championship, a subcontinental tournament for clubs from associations of the Caribbean Football Union. In order for a team to qualify for the CFU Club Championship, they usually need to finish as the champion or runner-up of their respective association's league in the previous season, but professional teams may also be selected by their associations if they play in the league of another country.

If any Caribbean club is precluded, it is supplanted by the fourth place finisher from the CFU Club Championship.

Teams[edit]

The following teams qualified for the tournament.

In the following table, the number of appearances, last appearance, and previous best result count only those in the CONCACAF Champions League era starting from 2008–09 (not counting those in the era of the Champions' Cup from 1962 to 2008).

Association Team Pot Qualifying method App Last App Previous Best
North America (9 teams)
Mexico Mexico
4 berths
León A 2013 Apertura champions
2014 Clausura champions
1st N/A N/A
América B 2013 Apertura runners-up 2nd 2013–14 Group stage
Pachuca A 2014 Clausura runners-up 2nd 2009–10 Champions
Cruz Azul B Non-finalist with best regular season record in 2014 Clausura 5th 2013–14 Champions
United States United States
4 berths
Sporting Kansas City A 2013 MLS Cup champions 2nd 2013–14 Quarterfinals
New York Red Bulls A 2013 MLS Supporters' Shield champions 2nd 2009–10 Preliminary round
Portland Timbers B 2013 MLS Western Conference regular season champions[A] 1st N/A N/A
D.C. United B 2013 U.S. Open Cup champions 3rd 2009–10 Group stage
Canada Canada
1 berth
Montreal Impact B 2014 Canadian Championship champions 3rd[B] 2013–14 Quarterfinals
Central America (12 teams)
Costa Rica Costa Rica
3 berths[C]
Alajuelense A 2013 Invierno champions 5th 2013–14 Semifinals
Saprissa B 2014 Verano champions 4th 2010–11 Semifinals
Herediano C 2013 Invierno runners-up 5th 2013–14 Quarterfinals
Honduras Honduras
2 berths
Real España B 2013 Apertura champions 3rd 2011–12 Group stage
Olimpia A 2014 Clausura champions 7th 2013–14 Quarterfinals
Guatemala Guatemala
2 berths
Comunicaciones A 2013 Apertura champions
2014 Clausura champions
4th 2013–14 Quarterfinals
Municipal C Runners-up with better aggregate record in 2013–14 season 5th 2012–13 Group stage
Panama Panama
2 berths
Tauro A 2013 Apertura champions 5th 2012–13 Group stage
Chorrillo C 2014 Clausura champions 2nd 2012–13 Group stage
El Salvador El Salvador
2 berths
Isidro Metapán B 2013 Apertura champions
2014 Clausura champions
7th 2013–14 Quarterfinals
FAS C Runners-up with better aggregate record in 2013–14 season 3rd 2012–13 Group Stage
Nicaragua Nicaragua
1 berth
Real Estelí C 2013 Apertura champions
2014 Clausura champions
5th 2013–14 Group stage
Caribbean (3 teams)
Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Bayamón C 2014 CFU Club Championship Group 1 winner[D] 1st N/A N/A
Jamaica Jamaica Waterhouse C 2014 CFU Club Championship Group 2 winner[D] 1st N/A N/A
Guyana Guyana Alpha United C 2014 CFU Club Championship Group 3 winner[D] 2nd 2011–12 Preliminary round
Notes
  1. ^ This is the first time in the tournament that a berth is given to the MLS Eastern/Western Conference regular season champions that are not the Supporters' Shield champions. Prior to the 2013 season, the spot was previously reserved for the MLS Cup runners-up. Major League Soccer proposed to change the qualification rules for U.S. clubs, and the United States Soccer Federation submitted the proposal to CONCACAF, and it was approved on December 13, 2013, and enacted starting from the 2014–15 tournament.[3][4]
  2. ^ Montreal Impact's first appearance in 2008–09 was made by an earlier incarnation of the franchise with the same name, which played in the USL First Division. The current MLS club began play in 2012, and has made two appearances since then.
  3. ^ Belmopan Bandits, the representative of Belize as the 2013–14 Opening Season champions and 2014 Closing Season champions, were removed from the 2014–15 CONCACAF Champions League as the FFB Stadium in Belmopan did not meet CONCACAF's stadium requirements. The berth was reallocated to Costa Rica, based on the results of the 2013–14 CONCACAF Champions League, and was given to Herediano.[5]
  4. ^ a b c Valencia, which were given a bye to the final round of the 2014 CFU Club Championship, could not participate in the competition after the Haitian Football Federation failed to confirm the club as an active member of the federation due to a fallout between the club and the federation. After consultation with CONCACAF and the three first round group winners which were to play with Valencia in the final round, the three group winners, Puerto Rico Bayamón, Waterhouse, and Alpha United, were chosen to represent the CFU in the 2014–15 CONCACAF Champions League, subject to the clubs meeting the minimum standards for participation. Moreover, the final round was cancelled to save expenses for the three teams.[6][7]

Draw[edit]

The draw for the group stage was held on May 28, 2014 at Doral, Florida, United States.[8][9]

The 24 teams were drawn into eight groups of three, with each group containing one team from each of the three pots. The allocation of teams into pots was based on their national association and qualifying berth. Teams from the same association could not be drawn with each other in the group stage, and each group was guaranteed to contain a team from either the United States or Mexico, meaning U.S. and Mexican teams could not play each other in the group stage.[10]

Pot A
Mexico León Mexico Pachuca United States Sporting Kansas City United States New York Red Bulls
Costa Rica Alajuelense Honduras Olimpia Guatemala Comunicaciones Panama Tauro
Pot B
Mexico América Mexico Cruz Azul United States Portland Timbers United States D.C. United
Costa Rica Saprissa Honduras Real España El Salvador Isidro Metapán Canada Montreal Impact[†]
Pot C
Guatemala Municipal El Salvador FAS Panama Chorrillo Nicaragua Real Estelí
Costa Rica Herediano[‡] Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Bayamón Jamaica Waterhouse Guyana Alpha United
Notes
  1. ^ The identity of the representative of Canada was not known at the time of the draw, as the 2014 Canadian Championship final had not been played yet.
  2. ^ Belmopan Bandits (Belize) were entered at the time of the draw, but they were later replaced by Herediano (Costa Rica) after failing stadium requirements.

Schedule[edit]

The schedule of the competition is as follows.[11][12]

Stage Round First leg Second leg
Group stage Matchday 1 August 5–7, 2014
Matchday 2 August 19–21, 2014
Matchday 3 August 26–28, 2014
Matchday 4 September 16–18, 2014
Matchday 5 September 23–25, 2014
Matchday 6 October 21–23, 2014
Championship stage Quarterfinals February 24–26, 2015 March 3–5, 2015
Semifinals March 17–19, 2015 April 7–9, 2015
Finals April 22, 2015 April 29, 2015

Group stage[edit]

In the group stage, each group was played on a home-and-away round-robin basis. The winners of each group advanced to the championship stage.

Tiebreakers

The teams are ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss). If tied on points, tiebreakers are applied in the following order:[2]

  1. Greater number of points earned in matches between the teams concerned;
  2. Greater goal difference in matches between the teams concerned;
  3. Greater number of goals scored away from home in matches between the teams concerned;
  4. Reapply first three criteria if two or more teams are still tied;
  5. Greater goal difference in all group matches;
  6. Greater number of goals scored in group matches;
  7. Greater number of goals scored away in all group matches;
  8. Drawing of lots.

Group 1[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification PAC MUN ESP
1 Mexico Pachuca 4 3 0 1 17 8 +9 9 Advance to quarterfinals 4–1 4–1
2 Guatemala Municipal 4 1 1 2 8 12 −4 4 3–7 3–0
3 Honduras Real España 4 1 1 2 5 10 −5 4 3–2 1–1
Source: CONCACAF

Group 2[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification SAP SKC EST
1 Costa Rica Saprissa 4 2 1 1 7 4 +3 7 Advance to quarterfinals 2–0 3–0
2 United States Sporting Kansas City 4 2 1 1 7 4 +3 7 3–1 3–0
3 Nicaragua Real Estelí 4 0 2 2 2 8 −6 2 1–1 1–1
Source: CONCACAF

Group 3[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification MTL NYR FAS
1 Canada Montreal Impact 4 3 1 0 6 3 +3 10 Advance to quarterfinals 1–0 1–0
2 United States New York Red Bulls 4 1 2 1 3 2 +1 5 1–1 2–0
3 El Salvador FAS 4 0 1 3 2 6 −4 1 2–3 0–0
Source: CONCACAF

Group 4[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification DCU WAT TAU
1 United States D.C. United 4 4 0 0 6 1 +5 12 Advance to quarterfinals 1–0 2–0
2 Jamaica Waterhouse 4 2 0 2 7 5 +2 6 1–2 4–1
3 Panama Tauro 4 0 0 4 2 9 −7 0 0–1 1–2
Source: CONCACAF

Group 5[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification OLI POR ALP
1 Honduras Olimpia 4 3 0 1 12 5 +7 9 Advance to quarterfinals 3–1 6–0
2 United States Portland Timbers 4 3 0 1 15 6 +9 9 4–2 6–0
3 Guyana Alpha United 4 0 0 4 1 17 −16 0 0–1 1–4
Source: CONCACAF

Group 6[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification ALA CAZ CHO
1 Costa Rica Alajuelense 4 1 3 0 4 3 +1 6 Advance to quarterfinals 1–1 1–0
2 Mexico Cruz Azul 4 1 2 1 5 3 +2 5 1–1 3–0
3 Panama Chorrillo 4 1 1 2 2 5 −3 4 1–1 1–0
Source: CONCACAF

Group 7[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification HER LEÓ MET
1 Costa Rica Herediano 4 3 1 0 11 4 +7 10 Advance to quarterfinals 2–1 4–0
2 Mexico León 4 2 1 1 10 6 +4 7 1–1 4–1
3 El Salvador Isidro Metapán 4 0 0 4 5 16 −11 0 2–4 2–4
Source: CONCACAF

Group 8[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification AMÉ COM BAY
1 Mexico América 4 3 1 0 19 3 +16 10 Advance to quarterfinals 2–0 6–1
2 Guatemala Comunicaciones 4 2 1 1 8 3 +5 7 1–1 5–0
3 Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Bayamón 4 0 0 4 2 23 −21 0 1–10 0–2
Source: CONCACAF

Championship stage[edit]

In the championship stage, the eight teams play a single-elimination tournament. Each tie is played on a home-and-away two-legged basis. The away goals rule is used if the aggregate score is level after normal time of the second leg, but not after extra time, and so a tie is decided by penalty shoot-out if the aggregate score is level after extra time of the second leg.[2]

Seeding[edit]

The qualified teams are seeded 1–8 in the championship stage according to their results in the group stage.[2]

Seed Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 United States D.C. United 4 4 0 0 6 1 +5 12
2 Mexico América 4 3 1 0 19 3 +16 10
3 Costa Rica Herediano 4 3 1 0 11 4 +7 10
4 Canada Montreal Impact 4 3 1 0 6 3 +3 10
5 Mexico Pachuca 4 3 0 1 17 8 +9 9
6 Honduras Olimpia 4 3 0 1 12 5 +7 9
7 Costa Rica Saprissa 4 2 1 1 7 4 +3 7
8 Costa Rica Alajuelense 4 1 3 0 4 3 +1 6
Source: CONCACAF
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Away goals scored; 5) Wins; 6) Away wins; 7) Drawing of lots.

Bracket[edit]

The bracket of the championship stage is determined by the seeding as follows:[2]

  • Quarterfinals: Seed 1 vs. Seed 8 (QF1), Seed 2 vs. Seed 7 (QF2), Seed 3 vs. Seed 6 (QF3), Seed 4 vs. Seed 5 (QF4), with seeds 1–4 hosting the second leg
  • Semifinals: Winner QF1 vs. Winner QF4 (SF1), Winner QF2 vs. Winner QF3 (SF2), with winners QF1 and QF2 hosting the second leg
  • Finals: Winner SF1 vs. Winner SF2, with winner SF1 hosting the second leg
  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                                         
6  Honduras Olimpia  
3  Costa Rica Herediano  
   Winner QF3  
   Winner QF2  
7  Costa Rica Saprissa
2  Mexico América  
   Winner SF2
   Winner SF1
5  Mexico Pachuca  
4  Canada Montreal Impact  
   Winner QF4
   Winner QF1  
8  Costa Rica Alajuelense
1  United States D.C. United  

Quarterfinals[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Alajuelense Costa Rica QF1 United States D.C. United Feb 26 Mar 4
Saprissa Costa Rica QF2 Mexico América Feb 25 Mar 4
Olimpia Honduras QF3 Costa Rica Herediano Feb 24 Mar 5
Pachuca Mexico QF4 Canada Montreal Impact Feb 24 Mar 3

Semifinals[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Winner QF4 SF1 Winner QF1 Mar 17–19 Apr 7–9
Winner QF3 SF2 Winner QF2 Mar 17–19 Apr 7–9

Finals[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Winner SF2 Winner SF1 Apr 22 Apr 29

Top goalscorers[edit]

Note: Players and teams in bold are still active in the competition.

Rank Player Team Goals
1 Costa Rica Ariel Rodríguez Costa Rica Saprissa 5
Mexico Martín Zúñiga Mexico América 5
3 Panama Rolando Blackburn Guatemala Comunicaciones 4
Italy Marco Di Vaio Canada Montreal Impact 4
Honduras Anthony Lozano Honduras Olimpia 4
Argentina Ariel Nahuelpan Mexico Pachuca 4
Costa Rica Yendrick Ruiz Costa Rica Herediano 4
8 Costa Rica Armando Alonso Costa Rica Alajuelense 3
Guatemala Marvin Ávila Guatemala Municipal 3
Mexico Darío Carreño Mexico Pachuca 3
Spain Toni Dovale United States Sporting Kansas City 3
Honduras Fredixon Elvir Honduras Olimpia 3
Mexico Érick Gutiérrez Mexico Pachuca 3
Costa Rica Víctor Núñez Costa Rica Herediano 3
Mexico Oribe Peralta Mexico América 3
Colombia Luis Gabriel Rey Mexico América 3
Guatemala Carlos Ruiz Guatemala Municipal 3
Argentina Maximiliano Urruti United States Portland Timbers 3

Source: CONCACAF.com[13]

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