• Friday Jan 09, 2004

    2004 CONCACAF Champions Cup Draw to be held on 14 January

    The draw for the final phase of the 2004 CONCACAF Champions Cup will be held at the offices of the CONCACAF General Secretariat in New York City on Wednesday, 14 January at 12:00. The draw will be presided over by CONCACAF President Jack Warner and General Secretary Chuck Blazer.

    The eight teams in the draw will be paired to play two-leg, straight knockout, home-and-away series, from 17 March - 11 May 2004.

    The CONCACAF Champions Cup draw procedure will have two pots of four teams each; one containing two teams each from Mexico and USA and the other with one club from the Caribbean and three from Central America.

    The winner of this year's Champions Cup will qualify, along with the 2003 Champion CD Toluca FC (MEX), as the CONCACAF representatives to the 2005 FIFA Club World Championship, which will be played in the CONCACAF Region.

    Seven qualified clubs have confirmed their participation in the 2004 CONCACAF Champions Cup. CF Monterrey and CF Pachuca will represent Mexico as the respective 2003 Torneo de Liga Champions from Clausura and Apertura, while the 2003 Major League Soccer (MLS) Regular Season Champion Chicago Fire and 2003 MLS Cup Winner San Jose Earthquakes will carry the USA banner at this year's CONCACAF event.

    From the Caribbean Region, Trinidad & Tobago's CL Financial San Juan Jabloteh claimed the CFU (Caribbean Football Union) crown and a berth to the CONCACAF Champions Cup, while Costa Rican clubs Deportivo Saprissa and LD Alajuelense will represent the Unión Centroamerica de Fútbol (UNCAF).

    Guatemala's CSD Comunicaciones was the third qualifying club from UNCAF, but due to the suspensions on the Federación Nacional de Fútbol de Guatemala imposed by CONCACAF and FIFA, the team has been dropped from the Champions Cup. CONCACAF will designate another team from UNCAF to replace Comunicaciones in due course.

    The CONCACAF Champions Cup is the longest running international competition in the region and has been the premier club competition in the Confederation since its inception in 1962.

    2004 CONCACAF Champions Cup Teams
    CFU (1)
    CL Financial San Juan Jabloteh (TRI)

    MEXICO (2)
    CF Monterrey, 2003 Clausura Champion
    CF Pachuca, 2003 Apertura Champion

    UNCAF (3)
    Deportivo Saprissa (CRC)
    LD Alajuelense (CRC)
    TBD

    USA (2)
    Chicago Fire, 2003 Major League Soccer (MLS) Regular Season Champion
    San Jose Earthquakes, 2003 MLS Cup Champion

    Schedule
    Quarterfinal Series
    First-Leg: 17 March 2004
    Second-Leg: 24 March 2004

    Semifinal Series
    First-Leg: 14 April 2004
    Second Leg: 21 April 2004

    Final Series
    First-Leg: 4 May 2004
    Second-Leg: 11 May 2004

    Media wishing to attend the draw ceremony should contact Steven Torres, CONCACAF Press Officer (+1-212/308-0044 or steve.torres@concacaf.net) for further details.

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