• Friday May 30, 2014

    2014/15 CCL Draw: team reaction

    Representatives of the clubs participating in the 2014/15 CONCACAF Champions League (above) attended competition-related activities in Miami on May 28 & 29, 2014.

    MIAMI -- After two days of 2014/15 CONCACAF Champions League-related activities in the Miami area, the level of excitement among the participating teams was clearly evident.

    With the competition’s seventh edition set to start play in August and opponents already known, CONCACAF.com gauged the reaction of team representatives before they left for the Miami International Airport to travel home.

    Marlon Tillet (Belmopan Bandits, Belize)

    "It's very heartwarming to be part of such an important tournament.”

    "The whole country is enthusiastic because Belmopan can play in the CONCACAF Champions League and more so that the teams we’ll face have a lot of history like Leon and Isidro Metapan." 

    Mahiner Granshiam (Alpha United, Guyana)

    "We are in a very strong group, but our football in Guyana has grown.  We'll play for the second time in the tournament and the fans are increasingly enthusiastic.”

    "For this edition, we will be at a more comfortable stage and will surely have a full stadium."

    "Playing the CCL is a great opportunity for our players to learn more.”

    Felix Alexander Porter (Waterhouse FC, Jamaica)

    "It's a reward for the effort for the players and managers to play in the in CCL.”

    “We face two excellent teams (D.C. United) and (Tauro FC) and seek to beat them at home." 

    "The fans are desperate to get the first game.  They want to see Waterhouse on the international stage.”

    Osman Antonio Madrid (Olimpia, Honduras)

    “Olimpia’s goal this year is to reach the quarterfinals, which we have not been able to achieve since 2011 and to this end, the team will be strengthened.”

    "We would have liked to face a Central American rival.  Now we will play against (Portland Timbers) and (Alpha United) and the distances that we will have to travel could be the only disadvantage".

    "Each day the organization of the Champions League improves.  I have witnessed this progress and it continues to grow as does CONCACAF.”

    Mario Kafati (Real España, Honduras)

    "We are very proud to return to CCL where we have been twice and this time, with the experience of our head coach Hernan Medford we expect to do well.”

    "The group rivals (Pachuca & Municipal) are very strong, but we are strengthening the roster in order to have a good Champions League.”

    Ricardo Enriquez Sanchez (Leon, Mexico)

    "After returning to Liga MX, the goal of the directors headed by President Jesus Martínez is internationalize the team as we already did in the Copa Libertadores of America.”

    "Leon is going to tackle the tournament very seriously because we want to play in the Club World Cup, which is the highest aspiration of the players and coaching staff"

    "We want to extend the supremacy of Mexican teams in the CCL.”

    Jose Francisco Porras (Saprissa, Costa Rica)

    "We were anxious to return to the CONCACAF Champions League.  The last time (in 2010/11), we reached semi-finals and this time we want to play for the title and I believe we can achieve it.” 

    "Playing against the champion of the MLS (Sporting Kansas City) and (Real Estelí) in our group requires us to seek reinforcements and we are already working on it." 

    Julio Cesar Gonzalez (Comunicaciones, Guatemala)

    "We are very pleased with the group.  We are going to face (Club America and Puerto Rico Bayamon) and to do this, we are going to structure a roster with good players because we want Communicaciones transcendent in the Champions League".

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