CL Financial San Juan Jabloteh (TRI) ended 2003, earning the last berth to the 2004 CONCACAF Champions Cup after defeating Vibe CT 105 FM W Connection FC (TRI) 4:2 on penalty kicks in the CFU (Caribbean Football Union) Finals at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago on Sunday.
After winning the first-leg of the Caribbean Zone Series Final 2:1 on 17 December, Jabloteh lost the second-leg to W Connection 2:1 on 28 December.
Gefferson Goulart gave W Connection a 1:0 lead with a goal in the 24th minute, but Jabloteh equalized with a tally by Cornell Glen in the 41st minute. Kerwin Jemmott got the game-winner in the 51st minute of the second half as W Connection leveled the aggregate score (3:3) against Jabloteh and forced overtime.
After a scoreless two overtime periods, Jabloteh prevailed 4:2 on penalty kicks and qualifies as the Caribbean representative to the CONCACAF Champions Cup, which begins on 17 March 2004.
The 2004 Champions Cup will also features three clubs from Central America and two each from Mexico and the USA.
2004 CONCACAF CHAMPIONS CUP QUALIFYING
28.12.2003: Port of Spain, TRINIDAD & TOBAGO; Hasely Crawford Stadium
CL FINANCIAL SAN JUAN JABLOTEH (TRI) - W CONNECTION FC (TRI) 1:2 (1:1) (1:2) 4:2 pen
Cornell GLEN 41' - Gefferson GOULART 24'; Kerwin JEMMOTT 51'
R: Richard PIPER (TRI)
Tied 3:3 on aggregate, CL Financial San Juan Jabloteh wins 4:2 on penalty kicks
2004 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): CSD Communicaciones (GUA), Deportivo Saprissa (CRC), LD Alajuelense (CRC)
USA (2): Chicago Fire (2003 Major League Soccer Regular Season Champion), San Jose Earthquakes (2003 MLS Cup Champion)
First-Leg: 17 March 2004
Second-Leg: 24 March 2004
First-Leg: 14 April 2004
Second Leg: 21 April 2004
First-Leg: 4 May 2004
Second-Leg: 11 May 2004