• Monday Dec 23, 2013

    CCL 2014-15 Update: 11 teams in, 13 more to go

    Twenty-four teams will compete for the CONCACAF Champions League trophy in the 2014-15 edition of the confederation's annual club championship. (Photo: Mexsport)

     

    MIAMI – The process to determine CONCACAF’s representative at the 2015 FIFA Club World Cup is in full swing as 11 of the eventual 24 qualifiers for the 2014-15 CONCACAF Champions League are already known.

    On Sunday evening, Alajuelense became the latest team to book a place in the seventh edition of the confederation’s annual club championship, when it overcame Herediano 5-3 on penalty kicks after their Costa Rican Invierno final ended 0-0 after two legs.

    From an historical perspective, Isidro Metapan (El Salvador) became the first team to qualify for every edition of the competition.  Olimpia (Honduras) is the only  other side possessing the potential to match that mark.

    The 2014-15 tournament will also see Leon (Mexico) and the Portland Timbers (USA) make their debuts.

    With 13 coveted CCL berths still at stake, the first five months of 2014 promise a football feast for fans throughout the region.

    Here’s an update on the 2014-15 CCL qualifiers (previous appearances in parentheses):

     

    NORTH AMERICA

    Canada – 0/1

    To be determined … 2014 Amway Canadian Championship winner

    Mexico – 2/4

    Leon (0) … 2013 Apertura champion

    Club America (1) … 2013 Apertura runner-up

    To be determined … 2014 Clausura champion

    To be determined … 2014 Clausura runner-up

     

    United States – 4/4

    Sporting Kansas City (1) … 2013 Major League Soccer champion

    New York Red Bulls (1) … 2013 Major League Soccer Supporters’ Shield winner

    Portland Timbers (0) … 2013 Major League Soccer Western Conference champion

    D.C. United (2) … 2013 U.S. Open Cup champion

    CENTRAL AMERICA

    Belize – 0/1

    To be determined … champion with most points over both seasons

     

    Costa Rica – 1/2

    Alajuelense (4) … 2013 Invierno champion

    To be determined … 2014 Verano champion

     

    El Salvador – 1/2

    Isidro Metapan (6) … 2013 Apertura champion

    Guatemala – 1/2

    Comunicaciones (3) … 2013 Apertura champion

    To be determined … 2014 Clausura champion

    Honduras – 1/2

    Real España (2) … 2013 Apertura champion

    To be determined … 2014 Clausura champion

    Nicaragua – 0/1

    To be determined … champion with most points over both seasons

    Panama – 1/2

    Tauro (4) … 2013 Apertura champion

    To be determined … 2014 Clausura champion

    CARIBBEAN – 0/3

    To be determined … 2014 CFU Club Championship top three finishers

     

     

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