2014–15 CONCACAF Champions League
|2014–15 Scotiabank Champions League|
|Dates||August 5, 2014 – April 29, 2015|
|Teams||24 (from 12 associations)|
|Goals scored||166 (3.46 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)|| Ariel Rodríguez
(5 goals each)
The 2014–15 CONCACAF Champions League (officially the 2014–15 Scotiabank Champions League for sponsorship reasons) 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. Cruz Azul were the defending champions, but were eliminated in the group stage.
- 1 Qualification
- 2 Teams
- 3 Draw
- 4 Schedule
- 5 Group stage
- 6 Championship stage
- 7 Top goalscorers
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
- ^ 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.
- ^ 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.
- ^ 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.
- ^ 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.
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.
- ^ † 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.
- ^ ‡ Belmopan Bandits (Belize) were entered at the time of the draw, but they were later replaced by Herediano (Costa Rica) after failing stadium requirements.
|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|
- Greater number of points earned in matches between the teams concerned;
- Greater goal difference in matches between the teams concerned;
- Greater number of goals scored away from home in matches between the teams concerned;
- Reapply first three criteria if two or more teams are still tied;
- Greater goal difference in all group matches;
- Greater number of goals scored in group matches;
- Greater number of goals scored away in all group matches;
- Drawing of lots.
|1||Pachuca||4||3||0||1||17||8||+9||9||Advance to quarterfinals||—||4–1||4–1|
|1||Saprissa||4||2||1||1||7||4||+3||7||Advance to quarterfinals||—||2–0||3–0|
|2||Sporting Kansas City||4||2||1||1||7||4||+3||7||3–1||—||3–0|
|1||Montreal Impact||4||3||1||0||6||3||+3||10||Advance to quarterfinals||—||1–0||1–0|
|2||New York Red Bulls||4||1||2||1||3||2||+1||5||1–1||—||2–0|
|1||D.C. United||4||4||0||0||6||1||+5||12||Advance to quarterfinals||—||1–0||2–0|
|1||Olimpia||4||3||0||1||12||5||+7||9||Advance to quarterfinals||—||3–1||6–0|
|1||Alajuelense||4||1||3||0||4||3||+1||6||Advance to quarterfinals||—||1–1||1–0|
|1||Herediano||4||3||1||0||11||4||+7||10||Advance to quarterfinals||—||2–1||4–0|
|1||América||4||3||1||0||19||3||+16||10||Advance to quarterfinals||—||2–0||6–1|
|3||Puerto Rico Bayamón||4||0||0||4||2||23||−21||0||1–10||0–2||—|
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.
The qualified teams are seeded 1–8 in the championship stage according to their results in the group stage.
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Away goals scored; 5) Wins; 6) Away wins; 7) Drawing of lots.
The bracket of the championship stage is determined by the seeding as follows:
- 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
|Team 1||Agg.||Team 2||1st leg||2nd leg|
|Alajuelense||QF1||D.C. United||Feb 26||Mar 4|
|Saprissa||QF2||América||Feb 25||Mar 4|
|Olimpia||QF3||Herediano||Feb 24||Mar 5|
|Pachuca||QF4||Montreal Impact||Feb 24||Mar 3|
|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|
|Team 1||Agg.||Team 2||1st leg||2nd leg|
|Winner SF2||Winner SF1||Apr 22||Apr 29|
Note: Players and teams in bold are still active in the competition.
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