2018 CONCACAF Champions League

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2018 CONCACAF Champions League
2018 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League
Tournament details
DatesFebruary 20 – April 25, 2018
Teams16 (from 8 associations)
Final positions
ChampionsMexico Guadalajara (2nd title)
Runners-upCanada Toronto FC
Tournament statistics
Matches played30
Goals scored84 (2.8 per match)
Top scorer(s)Italy Sebastian Giovinco
Canada Jonathan Osorio
(4 goals each)
Best player(s)Italy Sebastian Giovinco
Best young playerMexico Rodolfo Pizarro
Best goalkeeperMexico Rodolfo Cota
Fair play awardUnited States New York Red Bulls
2019

The 2018 CONCACAF Champions League (officially the 2018 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League for sponsorship reasons)[1] was the 10th edition of the CONCACAF Champions League under its current name, and overall the 53rd edition of the premier football club competition organized by CONCACAF, the regional governing body of North America, Central America, and the Caribbean.

The format of the tournament was changed as part of a new CONCACAF club competition platform consisting of two tournaments (CONCACAF League and CONCACAF Champions League) and a total of 31 teams competing during the season (an increase from the previous 24 teams), with 16 teams competing in the newly created CONCACAF League from August to October, and the winner of the CONCACAF League joining the 15 direct entrants competing in the CONCACAF Champions League from February to April.[2] As a result, the 2018 edition was played using a new format that included the removal of the group stage, a reduction in participating teams from 24 to 16, and a total reduction in matches from 62 to 30.

Guadalajara defeated Toronto FC in the final to win their second CONCACAF club title and their first in the Champions League era, and qualified as the CONCACAF representative at the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.[3] Pachuca won the previous tournament but did not qualify for this tournament and were unable to defend their title.

Qualification[edit]

A total of 16 teams participate in the CONCACAF Champions League:

  • North American Zone: 9 teams (from three associations)
  • Central American Zone: 5 teams (from four associations; ordinarily from five associations, but Guatemalan teams were excluded from this season's tournament)
  • Caribbean Zone: 1 team (from one association)
  • Winners of the CONCACAF League (from one association, from either Central American Zone or Caribbean Zone)

Therefore, teams from either 8 or 9 out of the 41 CONCACAF member associations may participate in the CONCACAF Champions League.

North America[edit]

The nine berths for the North American Football Union (NAFU) are allocated to the three NAFU member associations as follows: four berths each for Mexico and the United States, and one berth for Canada.

For Mexico, the champions and runners-up of the Liga MX Apertura and Clausura Liguilla (playoff) tournaments qualify for the CONCACAF Champions League. If there is any team which are finalists of both tournaments, the vacated berth is reallocated using a formula, based on regular season records, that ensures that two teams qualify via each tournament.

For the United States, four teams qualify for the CONCACAF Champions League, three through the Major League Soccer (MLS) season and one through its domestic cup competition:

If there is any team which qualifies through multiple berths, or if there is any Canada-based MLS team which are champions of the MLS Cup, the Supporters' Shield, or conference regular season, the vacated berth is reallocated to the U.S.-based team with the best MLS regular season record not yet qualified.

For Canada, the champions of the Canadian Championship, its domestic cup competition which awards the Voyageurs Cup, qualify for the CONCACAF Champions League. While some Canada-based teams compete in the MLS, they cannot qualify through either the MLS regular season or Playoffs. In line with the launch of the new format, which places the Canadian representative directly in the CONCACAF Champions League beginning in early 2018, the Canadian Soccer Association announced in March 2017 that a special one-match playoff between the 2016 champions Toronto FC and the 2017 champions would be played on 9 August 2017 in Toronto to determine who would qualify for the 2018 CONCACAF Champions League, except in the case that Toronto FC won the 2017 edition, the playoff would be unnecessary and Toronto FC would qualify automatically.[4] As Toronto FC did later win the 2017 Canadian Championship, the playoff was not played.

Central America[edit]

The five berths for the Central American Football Union (UNCAF) are allocated to five of the seven UNCAF member associations as follows: one berth for each of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Panama. As all of the leagues of Central America employ a split season with two tournaments in one season, the champions with the better aggregate record (or any team which are champions of both tournaments) in the leagues of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Panama qualify for the CONCACAF Champions League.

If teams from any Central American associations are excluded, they are replaced by teams from other Central American associations, with the associations chosen based on results from previous CONCACAF Champions League tournaments. For this season, the team from Guatemala was excluded due to the suspension of their federation by FIFA and was replaced by an additional team from Costa Rica.[5]

Caribbean[edit]

The sole berth for the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) is allocated via the Caribbean Club Championship, a subcontinental tournament open to the clubs of all 31 CFU member associations. To qualify for the Caribbean Club Championship, teams have to finish as the champions or runners-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. The champions of the Caribbean Club Championship qualify for the CONCACAF Champions League.

CONCACAF League[edit]

Besides the 15 direct entrants of the CONCACAF Champions League, another 16 teams (13 from the Central American Football Union, 3 from the Caribbean Football Union) enter the CONCACAF League, a tournament held from August to October prior to the CONCACAF Champions League.[5] The champions of the CONCACAF League qualify for the CONCACAF Champions League.

Teams[edit]

The following 16 teams (from eight associations) 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).

Qualified teams from North America (9 teams)
Association Team Qualifying method App (Last) Previous Best (Last)
Mexico Mexico (4 berths) UANL 2016 Apertura champions and 2017 Clausura runners-up 4th (2016–17) Runners-up (2016–17)
Guadalajara 2017 Clausura champions 2nd (2012–13) Group stage (2012–13)
América 2016 Apertura runners-up 4th (2015–16) Champions (2015–16)
Tijuana Non-finalists with best regular season record in 2017 Clausura[Note MEX] 2nd (2013–14) Semi-finals (2013–14)
United States United States (4 berths) Seattle Sounders FC 2016 MLS Cup champions 5th (2015–16) Semi-finals (2012–13)
FC Dallas 2016 MLS Supporters' Shield and 2016 U.S. Open Cup champions 3rd (2016–17) Semi-finals (2016–17)
New York Red Bulls 2016 MLS Eastern Conference regular season champions 4th (2016–17) Quarter-finals (2016–17)
Colorado Rapids 2016 MLS Supporters' Shield runners-up[Note USA] 2nd (2011–12) Group stage (2011–12)
Canada Canada (1 berth) Toronto FC 2016 Canadian Championship and 2017 Canadian Championship champions[Note CAN] 5th (2012–13) Semi-finals (2011–12)
Qualified teams from Central America (6 teams)
Association Team Qualifying method App (Last) Previous Best (Last)
Costa Rica Costa Rica (1 + 1 berths)[Note GUA] Saprissa Champions with better aggregate record in 2016–17 season (2016 Invierno) 7th (2016–17) Semi-finals (2010–11)
Herediano Champions with worse aggregate record in 2016–17 season (2017 Verano) 8th (2016–17) Semi-finals (2014–15)
Honduras Honduras (1 berth + CL winner) Motagua 2016 Apertura and 2017 Clausura champions 4th (2015–16) Group stage (2015–16)
Olimpia 2017 CONCACAF League champions 10th (2016–17) Quarter-finals (2014–15)
Panama Panama (1 berth) Tauro Champions with better aggregate record in 2016–17 season (2017 Clausura) 6th (2014–15) Group stage (2014–15)
El Salvador El Salvador (1 berth) Santa Tecla 2016 Apertura and 2017 Clausura champions 2nd (2015–16) Group stage (2015–16)
Qualified teams from Caribbean (1 team)
Association Team Qualifying method App (Last) Previous Best (Last)
Dominican Republic Dominican Republic Cibao 2017 Caribbean Club Championship champions 1st N/A
Notes
  1. ^ Canada (CAN): Due to the tournament's restructuring, Canada was to be represented by the winners of a play-off match between the Canadian Championship champions in 2016 and 2017. However, as Toronto FC won both tournaments, they qualified for the CONCACAF Champions League automatically. This arrangement was used for this season only.[6]
  2. ^ Guatemala (GUA): On October 28, 2016, FIFA suspended the National Football Federation of Guatemala for political interference by the Government of Guatemala. Until May 31, 2018, when Guatemala's football federation suspension was lifted, Guatemalan teams were not permitted to participate in international competitions.[7] CONCACAF set the deadline of May 1, 2017 for the suspension to be lifted in order for Guatemala's teams to participate in this tournament,[8] and expelled all Guatemalan teams from the tournament on May 5, 2017 after the federation failed to be reinstated by FIFA.[9] Municipal (2017 Clausura champions) would have qualified for the CONCACAF Champions League as champions with better aggregate record in 2016–17 season. To replace Municipal in the CONCACAF Champions League, Herediano, which qualified for the first Costa Rican berth in the CONCACAF League, were moved from the CONCACAF League to the CONCACAF Champions League, giving Costa Rica two direct qualifiers to the CONCACAF Champions League.
  3. ^ Mexico (MEX): Since UANL qualified for both the 2016 Apertura and 2017 Clausura finals, the berth that they earned through the Clausura passed to the non-finalists with the best regular season record in the 2017 Clausura, Tijuana.[10]
  4. ^ United States (USA): FC Dallas won both the Supporters' Shield and the U.S. Open Cup, so one of these berths passed to the next best U.S.-based team in the Supporters' Shield table, the Colorado Rapids.[11]

Draw[edit]

Location of teams of the 2018 CONCACAF Champions League
Red pog.svg North American Zone Green pog.svg Central American Zone Blue pog.svg Caribbean Zone

The draw for the 2018 CONCACAF Champions League was held on December 18, 2017, 19:00 EST (UTC−5), at the Univision Studios in Miami,[12][13] and was streamed on YouTube.[14]

The draw determined each tie in the round of 16 (numbered 1 through 8) between a team from Pot 1 and a team from Pot 2, each containing eight teams. The "Bracket Position Pots" (Pot A and Pot B) contained the bracket positions numbered 1 through 8 corresponding to each tie. The teams from Pot 1 were assigned a bracket position from Pot A and the teams from Pot 2 were assigned a bracket position from Pot B. Teams from the same association could not be drawn against each other in the round of 16 except for "wildcard" teams which replaced a team from another association.

The seeding of teams are based on the new CONCACAF Club Index.[15] Each team qualifies for the CONCACAF Champions League based on criteria set by the respective associations (e.g., tournament champions, runners-up, cup champions), resulting in an assigned slot (e.g., MEX1, MEX2) for each team. The CONCACAF Club Index, instead of ranking each team, is based on the on-field performance of the teams that have occupied the respective qualifying slots in the previous five editions of the CONCACAF Champions League. To determine the total points awarded to a slot in any single edition of the CONCACAF Champions League, CONCACAF uses the following formula:[16]

Points per Participation Win Draw Stage advanced Champions
4 3 1 1 2

The 16 teams were distributed in the pots as follows:

Pot Rank Slot 2012–13 2013–14 2014–15 2015–16 2016–17 Total Team
Pot 1 1 MEX3 11 29 32 23 15 110 Mexico América
2 MEX1 16 22 11 33 27 109 Mexico UANL
3 MEX2 27 10 16 20 30 103 Mexico Guadalajara
4 MEX4 35 29 9 18 10 101 Mexico Tijuana
5 USA3 16 11 13 16 20 76 United States New York Red Bulls
6 CAN1 10 10 23 8 22 73 Canada Toronto FC
7 USA1 20 17 11 14 11 73 United States Seattle Sounders FC
8 USA2 22 13 9 13 14 71 United States FC Dallas
Pot 2 9 USA4 11 16 20 16 8 71 United States Colorado Rapids
10 CRC1 16 19 12 10 8 65 Costa Rica Saprissa
11 CRC2 11 10 18 9 14 62 Costa Rica Herediano (wildcard)
12 HON1 9 11 15 10 11 56 Honduras Motagua
13 PAN1 4 15 4 10 20 53 Panama Tauro
14 SLV1 4 8 4 7 9 32 El Salvador Santa Tecla
15 CCC1 5 5 4 8 5 27 Dominican Republic Cibao
16 SCL1 0 0 0 0 0 0 Honduras Olimpia

Format[edit]

In the CONCACAF Champions League, the 16 teams played a single-elimination tournament. Each tie was played on a home-and-away two-legged basis. If the aggregate score was tied after the second leg, the away goals rule would be applied, and if still tied, the penalty shoot-out would be used to determine the winner (Regulations, II. D. Tie-Breaker Procedures).[3]

Schedule[edit]

The schedule of the competition was as follows.

First leg Second leg
Round of 16 February 20–22, 2018 February 27 – March 1, 2018
Quarter-finals March 6–7, 2018 March 13–14, 2018
Semi-finals April 3–4, 2018 April 10, 2018
Finals April 17, 2018 April 25, 2018

Times up to March 10, 2018 (round of 16 and quarter-finals first legs) were Eastern Standard Time, i.e., UTC−5, thereafter (quarter-finals second legs and beyond) times were Eastern Daylight Time, i.e., UTC−4 (local times are in parentheses).

Bracket[edit]

  Round of 16 Quarter-finals Semi-finals Finals
                                             
United States Colorado Rapids 0 0 0  
Canada Toronto FC 2 0 2  
  Canada Toronto FC (a) 2 2 4  
  Mexico UANL 1 3 4  
Costa Rica Herediano 2 1 3
Mexico UANL 2 3 5  
  Canada Toronto FC 3 1 4  
  Mexico América 1 1 2  
Costa Rica Saprissa 1 1 2  
Mexico América 5 1 6  
  Mexico América 4 3 7
  Panama Tauro 0 1 1  
Panama Tauro (a) 1 2 3
United States FC Dallas 0 3 3  
  Canada Toronto FC 1 2 3 (2)
  Mexico Guadalajara (p) 2 1 3 (4)
El Salvador Santa Tecla 2 0 2  
United States Seattle Sounders FC 1 4 5  
  United States Seattle Sounders FC 1 0 1
  Mexico Guadalajara 0 3 3  
Dominican Republic Cibao 0 0 0
Mexico Guadalajara 2 5 7  
  Mexico Guadalajara 1 0 1
  United States New York Red Bulls 0 0 0  
Honduras Motagua 0 1 1  
Mexico Tijuana 1 1 2  
  Mexico Tijuana 0 1 1
  United States New York Red Bulls 2 3 5  
Honduras Olimpia 1 0 1
United States New York Red Bulls 1 2 3  

Round of 16[edit]

In the round of 16, the matchups were decided by draw: R16-1 through R16-8. The teams from Pot 1 in the draw hosted the second leg.

Summary[edit]

The first legs were played on February 20–22, and the second legs were played on February 27 – March 1, 2018.[17]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Cibao Dominican Republic 0–7 Mexico Guadalajara 0–2 0–5
Santa Tecla El Salvador 2–5 United States Seattle Sounders FC 2–1 0–4
Olimpia Honduras 1–3 United States New York Red Bulls 1–1 0–2
Motagua Honduras 1–2 Mexico Tijuana 0–1 1–1
Herediano Costa Rica 3–5 Mexico UANL 2–2 1–3
Colorado Rapids United States 0–2 Canada Toronto FC 0–2 0–0
Tauro Panama 3–3 (a) United States FC Dallas 1–0 2–3
Saprissa Costa Rica 2–6 Mexico América 1–5 1–1

Matches[edit]

Cibao Dominican Republic0–2Mexico Guadalajara
Report
Guadalajara Mexico5–0Dominican Republic Cibao
Report
Attendance: 14,840
Referee: Drew Fischer (Canada)

Guadalajara won 7–0 on aggregate.


Santa Tecla El Salvador2–1United States Seattle Sounders FC
Report
Seattle Sounders FC United States4–0El Salvador Santa Tecla
Report

Seattle Sounders FC won 5–2 on aggregate.


Olimpia Honduras1–1United States New York Red Bulls
Report
New York Red Bulls United States2–0Honduras Olimpia
Report

New York Red Bulls won 3–1 on aggregate.


Motagua Honduras0–1Mexico Tijuana
Report
Tijuana Mexico1–1Honduras Motagua
Report
Attendance: 15,333

Tijuana won 2–1 on aggregate.


Herediano Costa Rica2–2Mexico UANL
Report
UANL Mexico3–1Costa Rica Herediano
Report

UANL won 5–3 on aggregate.


Colorado Rapids United States0–2Canada Toronto FC
Report
Toronto FC Canada0–0United States Colorado Rapids
Report
Attendance: 23,383[23]

Toronto FC won 2–0 on aggregate.


Tauro Panama1–0United States FC Dallas
Report
FC Dallas United States3–2Panama Tauro
Report

3–3 on aggregate. Tauro won on away goals.


Saprissa Costa Rica1–5Mexico América
Report
América Mexico1–1Costa Rica Saprissa
Report
Attendance: 17,789

América won 6–2 on aggregate.

Quarter-finals[edit]

In the quarter-finals, the matchups were determined as follows:

  • QF1: Winner R16-1 vs. Winner R16-2
  • QF2: Winner R16-3 vs. Winner R16-4
  • QF3: Winner R16-5 vs. Winner R16-6
  • QF4: Winner R16-7 vs. Winner R16-8

The winners of round of 16 matchups 1, 3, 5, 7 hosted the second leg.

Summary[edit]

The first legs were played on March 6–7, and the second legs were played on March 13–14, 2018.[25]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Seattle Sounders FC United States 1–3 Mexico Guadalajara 1–0 0–3
Tijuana Mexico 1–5 United States New York Red Bulls 0–2 1–3
Toronto FC Canada 4–4 (a) Mexico UANL 2–1 2–3
América Mexico 7–1 Panama Tauro 4–0 3–1

Matches[edit]

Seattle Sounders FC United States1–0Mexico Guadalajara
Report
Guadalajara Mexico3–0United States Seattle Sounders FC
Report

Guadalajara won 3–1 on aggregate.


Tijuana Mexico0–2United States New York Red Bulls
Report
New York Red Bulls United States3–1Mexico Tijuana
Report

New York Red Bulls won 5–1 on aggregate.


Toronto FC Canada2–1Mexico UANL
Report
Attendance: 25,587[29]
UANL Mexico3–2Canada Toronto FC
Report

4–4 on aggregate. Toronto FC won on away goals.


América Mexico4–0Panama Tauro
Report
Tauro Panama1–3Mexico América
Report

América won 7–1 on aggregate.

Semi-finals[edit]

In the semi-finals, the matchups were determined as follows:

  • SF1: Winner QF1 vs. Winner QF2
  • SF2: Winner QF3 vs. Winner QF4

The semi-finalists in each tie which had the better performance in previous rounds hosted the second leg.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Host
1 United States New York Red Bulls 4 3 1 0 8 2 +6 10 2nd leg
2 Mexico Guadalajara 4 3 0 1 10 1 +9 9 1st leg
1 Mexico América 4 3 1 0 13 3 +10 10 2nd leg
2 Canada Toronto FC 4 2 1 1 6 4 +2 7 1st leg
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.[3]

Summary[edit]

The first legs were played on April 3–4, and the second legs were played on April 10, 2018.[31]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Guadalajara Mexico 1–0 United States New York Red Bulls 1–0 0–0
Toronto FC Canada 4–2 Mexico América 3–1 1–1

Matches[edit]

Guadalajara Mexico1–0United States New York Red Bulls
Report
New York Red Bulls United States0–0Mexico Guadalajara
Report
Attendance: 23,623

Guadalajara won 1–0 on aggregate.


Toronto FC Canada3–1Mexico América
Report
Attendance: 23,463[32]
América Mexico1–1Canada Toronto FC
Report

Toronto FC won 4–2 on aggregate.

Finals[edit]

In the finals (Winner SF1 vs. Winner SF2), the finalists which had the better performance in previous rounds hosted the second leg.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Host
1 Mexico Guadalajara 6 4 1 1 11 1 +10 13 2nd leg
2 Canada Toronto FC 6 3 2 1 10 6 +4 11 1st leg
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.[3]

Summary[edit]

The first leg was played on April 17, and the second leg was played on April 25, 2018.[34]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Toronto FC Canada 3–3 (2–4 p) Mexico Guadalajara 1–2 2–1

Matches[edit]

Toronto FC Canada1–2Mexico Guadalajara
Report
Attendance: 29,925[35]
Guadalajara Mexico1–2Canada Toronto FC
Report
Penalties
4–2

Top goalscorers[edit]

  Team eliminated for this round.
Rank Player Team Goals By round
1R1 1R2 QF1 QF2 SF1 SF2 F1 F2
1 Italy Sebastian Giovinco Canada Toronto FC 4 1 1 1 1
Canada Jonathan Osorio Canada Toronto FC 1 1 1 1
3 United States Jozy Altidore Canada Toronto FC 3 1 1 1
Paraguay Cecilio Domínguez Mexico América 2 1
Mexico Henry Martín Mexico América 1 2
Colombia Mateus Uribe Mexico América 2 1
England Bradley Wright-Phillips United States New York Red Bulls 1 2
8 Panama Edwin Aguilar Panama Tauro 2 1 1
Mexico Oswaldo Alanís Mexico Guadalajara 1 1
Costa Rica Jairo Arrieta Costa Rica Herediano 1 1
France André-Pierre Gignac Mexico UANL 2
Colombia Andrés Ibargüen Mexico América 1 1
Uruguay Nicolás Lodeiro United States Seattle Sounders FC 1 1
Mexico José Macías Mexico Guadalajara 1 1
El Salvador Gerson Mayen El Salvador Santa Tecla 2
Mexico Alan Pulido Mexico Guadalajara 1 1
Chile Eduardo Vargas Mexico UANL 1 1
Ecuador Enner Valencia Mexico UANL 2

Source: CONCACAF[37]

Awards[edit]

Award Player Team
Golden Ball[38] Italy Sebastian Giovinco Canada Toronto FC
Golden Boot[39] Canada Jonathan Osorio Canada Toronto FC
Golden Glove[40] Mexico Rodolfo Cota Mexico Guadalajara
Best Young Player[41] Mexico Rodolfo Pizarro Mexico Guadalajara
Fair Play Award[42] United States New York Red Bulls
Best XI[43]
Position Player Team
GK Mexico Rodolfo Cota Mexico Guadalajara
DF Mexico Oswaldo Alanís Mexico Guadalajara
Mexico Alejandro Mayorga Mexico Guadalajara
Panama Michael Amir Murillo United States New York Red Bulls
Mexico Edwin Hernández Mexico Guadalajara
MF Canada Jonathan Osorio Canada Toronto FC
Colombia Mateus Uribe Mexico América
Uruguay Nicolás Lodeiro United States Seattle Sounders FC
Mexico Isaác Brizuela Mexico Guadalajara
FW Italy Sebastian Giovinco Canada Toronto FC
Mexico Rodolfo Pizarro Mexico Guadalajara

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b The Olimpia v New York Red Bulls match was originally scheduled to take place at Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino, Tegucigalpa, but was moved to Costa Rica due to the "political and social situation in Honduras". As part of the sanctions imposed against Olimpia during the 2017 CONCACAF League, the match was played behind closed doors.[19]
  2. ^ The Motagua v Tijuana match was originally scheduled to take place at Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino, Tegucigalpa, but was moved to the United States due to the "political and social situation in Honduras".[19]

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