2014–15 CONCACAF Champions League

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2014–15 CONCACAF Champions League
Tournament details
Dates August 5, 2014 – TBA (Spring 2015)
Teams 24 (from 13 associations)

The 2014–15 CONCACAF Champions League will be 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.[1] Cruz Azul are the defending champions.

Qualification[edit]

Locations of teams from the North American Zone and Caribbean Zone that qualified for the 2014–15 CONCACAF Champions League
Locations of teams from the Central American Zone that qualified for the 2014–15 CONCACAF Champions League

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 of its four spots are allocated through the Major League Soccer (MLS) regular season and playoffs, while the fourth spot is allocated to whoever wins the 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 regular season conference winner that is not the Supporters' Shield champion (if U.S.-based) and the U.S. Open Cup winner are placed in Pot B.

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. Despite the inclusion of Canadian teams in MLS, they cannot qualify for the CONCACAF Champions League through MLS, and if a Canadian-based MLS team is the MLS Cup winner or any regular season conference winner, 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.

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 champion
2014 Clausura champion
1st N/A N/A
América B 2013 Apertura runner-up 2nd 2013–14 Group stage
Pachuca A 2014 Clausura runner-up 2nd 2009–10 Champion
Cruz Azul B Non-finalist with best regular season record in 2014 Clausura 5th 2013–14 Champion
United States United States
4 berths
Sporting Kansas City A 2013 MLS Cup champion 2nd 2013–14 Quarterfinals
New York Red Bulls A 2013 MLS Supporters' Shield champion 2nd 2009–10 Preliminary round
Portland Timbers B 2013 MLS regular season Western Conference winner[A] 1st N/A N/A
D.C. United B 2013 U.S. Open Cup champion 3rd 2009–10 Group stage
Canada Canada
1 berth
Montreal Impact B 2014 Canadian Championship champion 3rd[B] 2013–14 Quarterfinals
Central America (12 teams)
Costa Rica Costa Rica
2 berths
Alajuelense A 2013 Invierno champion 5th 2013–14 Semifinals
Saprissa B 2014 Verano champion 4th 2010–11 Semifinals
Honduras Honduras
2 berths
Real España B 2013 Apertura champion 3rd 2011–12 Group stage
Olimpia A 2014 Clausura champion 7th 2013–14 Quarterfinals
Guatemala Guatemala
2 berths
Comunicaciones A 2013 Apertura champion
2014 Clausura champion
4th 2013–14 Quarterfinals
Municipal C Runner-up with better aggregate record in 2013–14 season 5th 2012–13 Group stage
Panama Panama
2 berths
Tauro A 2013 Apertura champion 5th 2012–13 Group stage
Chorrillo C 2014 Clausura champion 2nd 2012–13 Group stage
El Salvador El Salvador
2 berths
Isidro Metapán B 2013 Apertura champion
2014 Clausura champion
7th 2013–14 Quarterfinals
FAS C Runner-up with better aggregate record in 2013–14 season 3rd 2012–13 Group Stage
Nicaragua Nicaragua
1 berth
Real Estelí C 2013 Apertura champion
2014 Clausura champion
5th 2013–14 Group stage
Belize Belize
1 berth
Belmopan Bandits C 2013–14 Opening Season champion
2014 Closing Season champion
1st N/A N/A
Caribbean (3 teams)
Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Bayamón FC C 2014 CFU Club Championship Group 1 winner[C] 1st N/A N/A
Jamaica Jamaica Waterhouse C 2014 CFU Club Championship Group 2 winner[C] 1st N/A N/A
Guyana Guyana Alpha United C 2014 CFU Club Championship Group 3 winner[C] 2nd 2011–12 Preliminary round
Notes
  1. ^ Prior to the 2013 season, Major League Soccer proposed to change the qualification rules for U.S. clubs, so that the spot previously reserved for the MLS Cup runner-up is instead awarded to the regular season conference winner that is not the Supporters' Shield champion. 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.[2][3]
  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. ^ a b c On March 31, 2014, the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) announced that 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 FC, 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.[4][5]

Draw[edit]

The draw for the group stage was held on May 28, 2014 at Doral, Florida, United States.[6][7]

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.[8]

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
Belize Belmopan Bandits Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Bayamón FC Jamaica Waterhouse Guyana Alpha United
  1. ^ The identity of this team was not known at the time of the draw, as the 2014 Canadian Championship final had not been played yet.

Schedule[edit]

The schedule of the competition is as follows.[9]

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 TBA TBA
Semifinals TBA TBA
Finals TBA TBA

Group stage[edit]

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

Tiebreakers

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

  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]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Mexico Pachuca 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Honduras Real España 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Guatemala Municipal 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  MUN PAC ESP
Municipal Aug 27 Sep 17
Pachuca Sep 24 Aug 6
Real España Aug 21 Oct 22

Group 2[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
United States Sporting Kansas City 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Costa Rica Saprissa 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Nicaragua Real Estelí 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  EST SAP KC
Real Estelí Aug 6 Aug 19
Saprissa Aug 26 Oct 23
Sporting Kansas City Sep 23 Sep 18

Group 3[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
United States New York Red Bulls 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Canada Montreal Impact 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
El Salvador FAS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  FAS MTL NY
FAS Aug 20 Sep 24
Montreal Impact Aug 5 Sep 17
New York Red Bulls Aug 26 Oct 22

Group 4[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Panama Tauro 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
United States D.C. United 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jamaica Waterhouse 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  DC TAU WAT
D.C. United Sep 24 Aug 20
Tauro Oct 21 Aug 7
Waterhouse Sep 16 Aug 28

Group 5[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Honduras Olimpia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
United States Portland Timbers 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Guyana Alpha United 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  ALP OLI POR
Alpha United Aug 5 Aug 19
Olimpia Aug 28 Oct 21
Portland Timbers Sep 23 Sep 16

Group 6[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Costa Rica Alajuelense 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mexico Cruz Azul 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Panama Chorrillo 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  ALA CHO CA
Alajuelense Aug 28 Oct 21
Chorrillo Sep 25 Aug 19
Cruz Azul Aug 5 Sep 16

Group 7[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Mexico León 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
El Salvador Isidro Metapán 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Belize Belmopan Bandits 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  BEL MET LEO
Belmopan Bandits Aug 21 Sep 24
Isidro Metapán Sep 18 Aug 5
León Aug 27 Oct 23

Group 8[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Guatemala Comunicaciones 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mexico América 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Bayamón FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  AME COM BAY
América Oct 21 Aug 19
Comunicaciones Aug 26 Aug 7
Puerto Rico Bayamón FC Sep 17 Sep 25

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.[1]

Seeding[edit]

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

Seed
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8

Ranking rules: 1. Points; 2. Goal difference; 3. Goals scored; 4. Away goals scored; 5. Wins; 6. Away wins; 7. Drawing of lots.[1]

Bracket[edit]

The bracket of the championship stage is determined by the seeding as follows:[1]

  • 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  Seed 6  
3  Seed 3  
   Winner QF3  
   Winner QF2  
7  Seed 7
2  Seed 2  
   Winner SF2
   Winner SF1
5  Seed 5  
4  Seed 4  
   Winner QF4
   Winner QF1  
8  Seed 8
1  Seed 1  

Quarterfinals[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Seed 8 QF1 Seed 1 Date TBA Date TBA
Seed 7 QF2 Seed 2 Date TBA Date TBA
Seed 6 QF3 Seed 3 Date TBA Date TBA
Seed 5 QF4 Seed 4 Date TBA Date TBA

Semifinals[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Winner QF4 SF1 Winner QF1 Date TBA Date TBA
Winner QF3 SF2 Winner QF2 Date TBA Date TBA

Finals[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Winner SF2 Winner SF1 Date TBA Date TBA

See also[edit]

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