2019 CONCACAF Champions League

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2019 CONCACAF Champions League
2019 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League
Tournament details
DatesFebruary 19 – May 2, 2019
Teams16 (from 9 associations)
Tournament statistics
Matches played24
Goals scored70 (2.92 per match)
Top scorer(s)Hungary Krisztián Németh
Ecuador Enner Valencia
(4 goals each)
2018
2020
All statistics correct as of 14 March 2019.

The 2019 CONCACAF Champions League (officially the 2019 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League) is the 11th edition of the CONCACAF Champions League under its current name, and overall the 54th edition of the premier football club competition organized by CONCACAF, the regional governing body of North America, Central America, and the Caribbean.[1]

Guadalajara are the title holders, but did not qualify for this tournament and are unable to defend their title.

Qualification[edit]

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

Therefore, teams from either 9 or 10 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, because of the restructuring of the CONCACAF Champions League starting from 2018, two teams each from the 2017 and 2018 seasons qualify for the 2019 CONCACAF Champions League:

This means that the Supporters' Shield champions in 2017 and 2018, and the Eastern Conference or Western Conference regular season champions which are not Supporters' Shield champions in 2017 and 2018, which would have qualified for the CONCACAF Champions League in the usual setup, are not guaranteed a berth in the 2019 CONCACAF Champions League. If there is any team which qualifies through multiple berths, or if there is any Canada-based MLS team which are champions of the 2017 or 2018 MLS Cup, the vacated berth is reallocated to the U.S.-based team with the best aggregate record over the 2017 and 2018 MLS regular seasons.[2][3]

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.

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.

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. Since 2018, the competition is divided into two tiers: the Tier 1 CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championship which is open to teams from professional leagues, and the Tier 2 CONCACAF Caribbean Club Shield which is open to teams from non-professional leagues. To qualify for the CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championship, teams have to finish as the champions or runners-up of their respective association's league in the previous season, while to qualify for the CONCACAF Caribbean Club Shield, teams have to finish as the champions of their respective association's league in the previous season.[4]

The champions of the CONCACAF 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 nine associations) will qualify 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 2017 Apertura champions 5th (2018) Runners-up (2016–17)
Santos Laguna 2018 Clausura champions 6th (2015–16) Runners-up (2012–13)
Monterrey 2017 Apertura runners-up 5th (2016–17) Champions (2012–13)
Toluca 2018 Clausura runners-up 4th (2013–14) Runners-up (2013–14)
United States United States (4 berths) Atlanta United FC 2018 MLS Cup champions[Note USA] 1st Debut
Sporting Kansas City 2017 U.S. Open Cup champions[Note USA] 4th (2016–17) Quarter-finals (2013–14)
Houston Dynamo 2018 U.S. Open Cup champions[Note USA] 5th (2013–14) Quarter-finals (2012–13)
New York Red Bulls U.S. non-champions with best aggregate record in 2017 and 2018 MLS regular seasons[Note USA] 5th (2018) Semi-finals (2018)
Canada Canada (1 berth) Toronto FC 2018 Canadian Championship champions 6th (2018) Runners-up (2018)
Qualified teams from Central America (6 teams)
Association Team Qualifying method App (Last) Previous Best (Last)
Costa Rica Costa Rica (1 berth + CL winner) Saprissa Champions with better aggregate record in 2017–18 season (2018 Clausura) 8th (2018) Semi-finals (2010–11)
Herediano 2018 CONCACAF League champions 9th (2018) Semi-finals (2014–15)
El Salvador El Salvador (1 berth) Alianza 2017 Apertura and 2018 Clausura champions 3rd (2016–17) Group stage (2016–17)
Guatemala Guatemala (1 berth) Guastatoya 2018 Guatemalan CONCACAF Champions League playoff winners[Note GUA] 1st Debut
Honduras Honduras (1 berth) Marathón Champions with better aggregate record in 2017–18 season (2018 Clausura) 5th (2012–13) Quarter-finals (2009–10)
Panama Panama (1 berth) Independiente Champions with better aggregate record in 2017–18 season (2018 Clausura) 1st Debut
Qualified teams from Caribbean (1 team)
Association Team Qualifying method App (Last) Previous Best (Last)
Dominican Republic Dominican Republic Atlético Pantoja 2018 CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championship champions 1st Debut
Notes
  1. ^ Guatemala (GUA): After the suspension of the National Football Federation of Guatemala was lifted by FIFA in June 2018, it was decided that the representative of Guatemala in the 2019 CONCACAF Champions League would be decided by a two-legged playoff between Antigua GFC (2017 Apertura champions) and Guastatoya (2018 Clausura champions),[6] which was won by Guastatoya.[7] Under the original qualification method, Antigua GFC would have qualified as champions with better aggregate record in 2017–18 season.
  2. ^ United States (USA): Due to the tournament's restructuring from 2017–18, the United States would be represented in the 2019 CONCACAF Champions League by two teams each in the 2017 and 2018 seasons: the MLS Cup champions in 2017 and 2018, and the U.S. Open Cup champions in 2017 and 2018. This means that the Supporters' Shield champions in 2017 and 2018, and the Eastern Conference and/or Western Conference regular season champions which are not Supporters' Shield champions in 2017 and 2018, which would have qualified for the CONCACAF Champions League in the usual setup, will not be guaranteed a berth in the 2019 CONCACAF Champions League. If a team qualifies through multiple berths, or if any of the MLS berths are taken by a Canada-based MLS team, the vacated berth is reallocated to the U.S. non-champions with the best aggregate record over the 2017 and 2018 MLS regular seasons.[2][3] As the 2017 MLS Cup was won by the Canadian team Toronto FC, this berth is reallocated based on the above method to the New York Red Bulls.[8][9]

Draw[edit]

The draw for the 2019 CONCACAF Champions League was held on December 3, 2018, 19:00 EST (UTC−5), at the Univision Studios in Miami.[10][11]

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 were based on the CONCACAF Club Index.[12] Each team qualified for the CONCACAF 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, was 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 used the following formula:

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

The 16 teams are distributed in the pots as follows:

Pot Rank Slot 2013–14 2014–15 2015–16 2016–17 2018 Total Team
Pot 1 1 MEX3 29 32 23 15 17 116 Mexico Monterrey
2 MEX1 22 11 33 27 12 105 Mexico UANL
3 MEX2 10 16 20 30 25 101 Mexico Santos Laguna
4 CAN1 10 23 8 22 21 84 Canada Toronto FC
5 USA3 11 13 16 20 17 77 United States Houston Dynamo
6 MEX4 29 9 18 10 9 75 Mexico Toluca
7 USA4 16 20 16 8 5 65 United States New York Red Bulls[USA]
8 USA1 17 11 14 11 11 64 United States Atlanta United FC[USA]
Pot 2 9 PAN1 15 4 10 20 8 57 Panama Independiente
10 USA2 13 9 13 14 7 56 United States Sporting Kansas City
11 CRC1 19 12 10 8 5 54 Costa Rica Saprissa
12 HON1 11 15 10 11 5 52 Honduras Marathón
13 GUA1 10 11 8 9 0 38 Guatemala Guastatoya
14 SLV1 8 4 7 9 7 35 El Salvador Alianza
15 CCC1 5 4 8 5 4 26 Dominican Republic Atlético Pantoja
16 SCL1 0 0 0 0 5 5 Costa Rica Herediano
Notes
  1. ^ a b USA The identity of the teams qualifying for two of the four slots for the United States (USA1 and USA4) was not known at the time of the draw, and was later determined based on the result of the 2018 MLS Cup on December 8, 2018.[13] As Atlanta United FC were certain to participate in the 2019 CONCACAF Champions League and be seeded in Pot 1 (qualifying for either USA1 or USA4) at the time of the draw, they were included in the draw and assigned a bracket position from Pot A by the draw. They later won the 2018 MLS Cup and qualified for USA1, and the New York Red Bulls qualified for USA4.[14]

Format[edit]

In the CONCACAF Champions League, the 16 teams play a single-elimination tournament. Each tie is played on a home-and-away two-legged basis.

  • In the round of 16, quarter-finals, and semi-finals, the away goals rule will be applied if the aggregate score is tied after the second leg. If still tied, a penalty shoot-out will be used to determine the winner (Regulations II, Article F).[1]
  • In the finals, the away goals rule will not be applied, and extra time will be played if the aggregate score is tied after the second leg. If the aggregate score is still tied after extra time, a penalty shoot-out will be used to determine the winner (Regulations II, Article G).[1]

Schedule[edit]

The schedule of the competition is as follows.

First leg Second leg
Round of 16 February 19–21, 2019 February 26–28, 2019
Quarter-finals March 5–6, 2019 March 12–14, 2019
Semi-finals April 3–4, 2019 April 10–11, 2019
Finals April 23–25, 2019 April 30 – May 1, 2019

Times are Eastern Time, as listed by CONCACAF (local times are in parentheses):

Bracket[edit]

  Round of 16 Quarter-finals Semi-finals Finals
                                             
El Salvador Alianza 0 0 0  
Mexico Monterrey 0 1 1  
  Mexico Monterrey 3 0 3  
  United States Atlanta United FC 0 1 1  
Costa Rica Herediano 3 0 3
United States Atlanta United FC 1 4 5  
  Mexico Monterrey  
  United States Sporting Kansas City  
Panama Independiente 4 1 5  
Canada Toronto FC 0 1 1  
  Panama Independiente 2 0 2
  United States Sporting Kansas City 1 3 4  
United States Sporting Kansas City 3 2 5
Mexico Toluca 0 0 0  
  Winner SF2[†]
  Mexico Winner SF1[†]
Guatemala Guastatoya 0 1 1  
United States Houston Dynamo 1 2 3  
  United States Houston Dynamo 0 0 0
  Mexico UANL 2 1 3  
Costa Rica Saprissa 1 1 2
Mexico UANL 0 5 5  
  Mexico UANL
  Mexico Santos Laguna  
Dominican Republic Atlético Pantoja 0 0 0  
United States New York Red Bulls 2 3 5  
  United States New York Red Bulls 0 2 2
  Mexico Santos Laguna 2 4 6  
Honduras Marathón 2 0 2
Mexico Santos Laguna 6 5 11  
  1. Order of legs to be decided, with the team in each tie which have the better performance in previous rounds hosting the second leg.

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 from February 19–21, and the second legs were played from February 26–28, 2019.[15]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Marathón Honduras 2–11 Mexico Santos Laguna 2–6 0–5
Atlético Pantoja Dominican Republic 0–5 United States New York Red Bulls 0–2 0–3
Saprissa Costa Rica 2–5 Mexico UANL 1–0 1–5
Guastatoya Guatemala 1–3 United States Houston Dynamo 0–1 1–2
Sporting Kansas City United States 5–0 Mexico Toluca 3–0 2–0
Independiente Panama 5–1 Canada Toronto FC 4–0 1–1
Herediano Costa Rica 3–5 United States Atlanta United FC 3–1 0–4
Alianza El Salvador 0–1 Mexico Monterrey 0–0 0–1

Matches[edit]

Marathón Honduras2–6Mexico Santos Laguna
Report
Santos Laguna Mexico5–0Honduras Marathón
Report

Santos Laguna won 11–2 on aggregate.


New York Red Bulls United States3–0Dominican Republic Atlético Pantoja
Report
Attendance: 3,417
Referee: John Pitti (Panama)

New York Red Bulls won 5–0 on aggregate.


Saprissa Costa Rica1–0Mexico UANL
Report
UANL Mexico5–1Costa Rica Saprissa
Report

UANL won 5–2 on aggregate.


Houston Dynamo United States2–1Guatemala Guastatoya
Report

Houston Dynamo won 3–1 on aggregate.


Sporting Kansas City United States3–0Mexico Toluca
Report
Toluca Mexico0–2United States Sporting Kansas City
Report

Sporting Kansas City won 5–0 on aggregate.


Independiente Panama4–0Canada Toronto FC
Report
Toronto FC Canada1–1Panama Independiente
Report

Independiente won 5–1 on aggregate.


Herediano Costa Rica3–1United States Atlanta United FC
Report
Atlanta United FC United States4–0Costa Rica Herediano
Report

Atlanta United FC won 5–3 on aggregate.


Alianza El Salvador0–0Mexico Monterrey
Report
Monterrey Mexico1–0El Salvador Alianza
Report

Monterrey won 1–0 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 from March 5–6, and the second legs were played from March 12–14, 2019.[16]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
New York Red Bulls United States 2–6 Mexico Santos Laguna 0–2 2–4
Houston Dynamo United States 0–3 Mexico UANL 0–2 0–1
Independiente Panama 2–4 United States Sporting Kansas City 2–1 0–3
Monterrey Mexico 3–1 United States Atlanta United FC 3–0 0–1

Matches[edit]

New York Red Bulls United States0–2Mexico Santos Laguna
Report
Santos Laguna Mexico4–2United States New York Red Bulls
Report

Santos Laguna won 6–2 on aggregate.


Houston Dynamo United States0–2Mexico UANL
Report
UANL Mexico1–0United States Houston Dynamo
Report

UANL won 3–0 on aggregate.


Independiente Panama2–1United States Sporting Kansas City
Report
Sporting Kansas City United States3–0Panama Independiente
Report

Sporting Kansas City won 4–2 on aggregate.


Monterrey Mexico3–0United States Atlanta United FC
Report
Atlanta United FC United States1–0Mexico Monterrey
Report

Monterrey won 3–1 on aggregate.

Semi-finals[edit]

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

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

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

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Host
1 Mexico Santos Laguna 4 4 0 0 17 4 +13 12 2nd leg
2 Mexico UANL 4 3 0 1 8 2 +6 9 1st leg
1 United States Sporting Kansas City 4 3 0 1 9 2 +7 9 2nd leg
2 Mexico Monterrey 4 2 1 1 4 1 +3 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) Disciplinary points; 8) Drawing of lots (Regulations II, Article H).

Summary[edit]

The first legs will be played from April 3–4, and the second legs will be played from April 10–11, 2019.[17]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
UANL Mexico SF1 Mexico Santos Laguna Apr 3 Apr 10
Monterrey Mexico SF2 United States Sporting Kansas City Apr 4 Apr 11

Matches[edit]

UANL MexicovMexico Santos Laguna
Report
Santos Laguna MexicovMexico UANL
Report

Monterrey MexicovUnited States Sporting Kansas City
Report
Sporting Kansas City United StatesvMexico Monterrey
Report

Finals[edit]

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

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Host
1 Mexico Winner SF1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2nd leg
2 Winner SF2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1st leg
First match(es) will be played on February 19, 2019. Source: CONCACAF
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Away goals scored; 5) Wins; 6) Away wins; 7) Disciplinary points; 8) Drawing of lots (Regulations II, Article H).

Summary[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Winner SF2 F[†] Mexico Winner SF1 Apr 23–25 Apr 30–May 2
  1. Order of legs to be decided, with the finalists in each tie which have the better performance in previous rounds hosting the second leg.

Matches[edit]

Winner SF2/SF1 v Winner SF1/SF2
Report
Winner SF1/SF2 v Winner SF2/SF1
Report

Top goalscorers[edit]

  Team eliminated for this round.
Rank Player Team Goals By round
1R1 1R2 QF1 QF2 SF1 SF2 F1 F2
1 Hungary Krisztián Németh United States Sporting Kansas City 4 1 1 2
Ecuador Enner Valencia Mexico UANL 3 1
3 Argentina Javier Correa Mexico Santos Laguna 3 3
Argentina Julio Furch Mexico Santos Laguna 1 1 1
Panama Romeesh Ivey Panama Independiente 2 1
Venezuela Josef Martínez United States Atlanta United FC 2 1
Austria Daniel Royer United States New York Red Bulls 1 1 1
8 Panama Omar Browne Panama Independiente 2 1 1
Guinea-Bissau Gerso Fernandes United States Sporting Kansas City 1 1
Germany Julian Gressel United States Atlanta United FC 1 1
Uruguay Brian Lozano Mexico Santos Laguna 2
Colombia Mauro Manotas United States Houston Dynamo 2
Colombia Marlos Moreno Mexico Santos Laguna 1 1
Spain Ilie Sánchez United States Sporting Kansas City 1 1
Argentina Nicolás Sánchez Mexico Monterrey 1 1
Chile Diego Valdés Mexico Santos Laguna 1 1

Source: CONCACAF[18]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League 2019 Regulations" (PDF). CONCACAF.
  2. ^ a b Brian Straus (April 6, 2017). "MLS clubs have resolution over qualifying for future CCL after format change". Sports Illustrated.
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  8. ^ "UPDATED: 2019 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League Qualified Clubs". CONCACAF Champions League. 8 January 2018.
  9. ^ "All 16 spots filled for 2019 SCCL". CONCACAF Champions League. 10 December 2018.
  10. ^ "2019 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League Draw to Take Place December 3". CONCACAF Champions League. 20 November 2018.
  11. ^ "Draw Delivers Matchups for the 2019 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League First Round Matches". CONCACAF Champions League. 3 December 2018.
  12. ^ "Concacaf Club Index 2019" (PDF). CONCACAF.
  13. ^ "Qualified Clubs 2019" (PDF). CONCACAF.
  14. ^ "Portland Timbers or NY Red Bulls to Claim Final SCCL League Spot". CONCACAF Champions League. 30 November 2018.
  15. ^ "Schedule Set for the Round of 16 Matches of the 2019 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League". CONCACAF.com. December 19, 2018.
  16. ^ "2019 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League Quarterfinal Matchups and Schedule Confirmed". Atlanta United FC. March 1, 2019.
  17. ^ "Dates and Kickoff Times Set for the 2019 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League Semifinals". CONCACAF Champions League. 19 March 2019.
  18. ^ "Statistics". CONCACAF League.

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