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

1 New England were both the 2007 U.S. Open Cup winners and the 2007 MLS Cup runners-up, so Chivas USA claimed USA4 as the 2007 MLS Supporters' Shield runners-up.

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

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

4 San Francisco were both the 2007 Clausura and 2008 Apertura winners, so Tauro has claimed PAN2 as the 2008 Apertura runners-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

Schedule[edit]

Round Draw date First leg Second leg
Preliminary Round Preliminary June 11, 2008
(New York, USA)
August 26–29, 2008 September 2–4, 2008
Group Stage Matchday 1 August 16–18, 2008
Matchday 2 August 23–25, 2008
Matchday 3 September 30–October 2, 2008
Matchday 4 October 7–9, 2008
Matchday 5 October 21–23, 2008
Matchday 6 October 28-30, 2008
Championship Round Quarterfinals December 10, 2008 February 24–26, 2009 March 3–5, 2009
Semifinals March 17–18, 2009 April 7–8, 2009
Finals April 22, 2009 May 12, 2009

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 UNAM 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 - UNAM 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 were 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 UNAM 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 were 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 were 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 15-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 UNAM 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 UNAM 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
2008–09 Champions
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 UNAM 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. Archived from the original on 2008-06-14. Retrieved 2008-01-28. 
  2. ^ "Qualifying Format Unveiled for 2008-09 CONCACAF Champions League" (Press release). CONCACAF. 2008-05-14. Archived from the original on 2008-12-26. Retrieved 2008-05-14. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "CONCACAF Champions League Regulations 2008/2009" (PDF) (Press release). CONCACAF. Retrieved 2008-07-27. [permanent dead link]
  4. ^ a b "Preliminary Round match-ups unveiled for 2008-09 CONCACAF Champions League" (Press release). CONCACAF. 2008-06-11. Archived from the original on 2008-06-14. Retrieved 2008-06-11. 
  5. ^ "CONCACAF Champions League match rescheduled due to Hurricane Gustav" (Press release). CONCACAF. 2008-08-28. Archived from the original on 2008-09-03. 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.