• Thursday Jan 26, 2017

    Puerto Rico FC added to Caribbean Club Championship field

    Jorge Rivera (en la foto) besa el Rico Caguas Criollos FC trofeo después de-Puerto derrotado en la final de la Copa Luis Villarejo de Puerto Rico el 20 de noviembre de 2016 Bayamón, Puerto Rico. (Foto cortesía de Puerto Rico FC)

    MIAMI – CONCACAF announced Thursday the addition of Puerto Rico FC to the 2017 Caribbean Club Championship field.

    As current champion of the Copa Luis Villarejo, Puerto Rico FC will represent Puerto Rico in the Caribbean championship, which is set to kickoff next month in venues across the region.

    With the addition of Puerto Rico FC, a record 21 clubs from 12 countries – headed by Trinidad & Tobago’s Central FC, the two-time defending champion – have qualified for the 19th edition of the competition, which will determine the region’s representatives to CONCACAF’s expanded competitions platform.

    The first round consists of five groups of four teams, which will play a round-robin format from late February through March. Greenbay Hoppers FC (Antigua & Barbuda), Don Bosco FC (Haiti), Montego Bay United FC (Jamaica), and System 3 Sport Academy (St. Vincent & the Grenadines) will each host a group.

    Additionally, Puerto Rico FC will now host Group D, at Estadio Juan Ramon Loubriel, from March 14-18.

    Group Stage Venues:

    Group A: Antigua Recreation Ground – St. John's, Antigua & Barbuda,

    Group B: Stade Sylvio Cator – Port-au-Prince, Haiti

    Group C: Montego Bay Sports Complex - Montego Bay, Jamaica

    Group D: Estadio Juan Ramon Loubriel – Bayamon, Puerto Rico

    Group E: Victoria Park – Kingstown, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines

    The five group winners will advance to the final round, scheduled to be played from May 14-21. That final round will now be hosted in Trinidad & Tobago by Central FC, which will receive a bye to the final round.

    The champion of the Caribbean Club Championship earns a place in the newly re-formatted CONCACAF Champions League, while the second, third and fourth-placed clubs will participate in the Confederation’s newly launched club championship tournament for Caribbean and Central American teams, which kicks off in August.

    The Caribbean Club Championship has been contested annually since 1997 (with the exception of 1999 and 2008), when United Petrotrin of Trinidad & Tobago captured the inaugural title. A champion has been crowned 16 times, with DirecTV W Connection, also of Trinidad & Tobago, lifting the trophy a record three times.

    Besides Central FC, the 2017 field includes two former Caribbean champions: San Juan Jabloteh (Trinidad & Tobago) and Portmore United (Jamaica). Additionally, Transvaal, a past CONCACAF club champion (1973, 1981) qualified for the event as runner-up in the 2015/16 Surinamese league.

    2017 Caribbean Club Championship Participating teams (alphabetical order)

    Bequia United FC (St. Vincent & the Grenadines)

    Central FC (Trinidad & Tobago)

    Cibao FC (Dominican Republic)

    Club Barcelona Atletico (Dominican Republic)

    Club Sportif Moulien (Guadeloupe)

    Don Bosco FC (Haiti)

    Elite Sport Club (Cayman Islands)

    Flames United SC (Sint Maarten)

    Greenbay Hoppers FC (Antigua & Barbuda)

    Grenades FC (Antigua & Barbuda)

    Inter Moengo Tapoe (Suriname)

    Montego Bay United FC (Jamaica)

    Police FC (Montserrat)

    Portmore United FC (Jamaica)

    Puerto Rico FC (Puerto Rico)

    Racing FC des Gonaives (Haiti)

    San Juan Jabloteh FC (Trinidad & Tobago)

    Scholars International (Cayman Islands)

    SV Transvaal (Suriname)

    System 3 Sport Academy (St. Vincent & the Grenadines)

    USR Sainte‐Rose (Guadeloupe)

    First Round Schedule

    GROUP A (Antigua & Barbuda)

    February 22, 2017

    Racing FC v Inter Moengo Tapoe

    Greenbay Hoppers v Bequia United FC

    February 24, 2017

    Bequia United FC v Racing FC

    Greenbay Hoppers v Inter Moengo Tapoe

    February 26, 2017

    Inter Moengo Tapoe v Bequia United FC

    Greenbay Hoppers v Racing FC

    GROUP B (Haiti)

    March 1, 2017

    Police FC v Cibao FC

    Don Bosco FC v USR Sainte-Rose

    March 3, 2017

    Cibao FC v USR Sainte-Rose

    Don Bosco FC v Police FC

    March 5, 2017

    USR Sainte-Rose v Police FC

    Don Bosco FC v Cibao FC

    GROUP C (Jamaica)

    March 1, 2017

    Club Barcelona Atletico v Elite Sport Club

    Montego Bay United FC v Grenades FC

    March 3, 2017

    Grenades FC v Club Barcelona Atletico

    Montego Bay United FC v Elite Sport Club

    March 5, 2017

    Elite Sport Club v Grenades FC

    Montego Bay United FC v Club Barcelona Atletico

    GROUP D (Puerto Rico)

    March 8, 2017

    Scholars International v Portmore United FC

    Puerto Rico FC v SV Transvaal

    March 10, 2017

    Portmore United FC v SV Transvaal

    Puerto Rico FC v Scholars International

    March 12, 2017

    SV Transvaal v Scholars International

    Puerto Rico FC v Portmore United FC

    GROUP E (St. Vincent & the Grenadines)

    March 8, 2017

    Flames United SC v San Juan Jabloteh

    System 3 Sport Academy v Club Sportif Moulien

    March 10, 2017

    San Juan Jabloteh v Club Sportif Moulien

    System 3 Sport Academy v Flames United SC

    March 12, 2017

    Club Sportif Moulien v Flames United SC

    System 3 Sport Academy v San Juan Jabloteh

     

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