• Tuesday Jan 02, 2018

    SCCL View: Cibao FC

    Cibao FC players (pictured) celebrate after defeating San Juan Jabloteh to win the Caribbean Club Championship on May 21, 2017, in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago. (Photo: Caribbean Action Images)

    In the fourteenth of a series of articles taking a closer look at each of the 16 teams in the 2018 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League (SCCL), CONCACAF.com goes in-depth on Cibao FC.

    CIBAO FC/DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

    By The Numbers (Liga Dominicana de Fútbol)

    2017 Record: W11 D4 L3 GF34 GA17

    Final Position (Regular Season): 1st Place  

    Final Position (Playoffs): Semifinals

    Playoff Results: Semifinals (agg: 0-0 v Atlantico FC; eliminated on penalty kicks, 2-4)

    Top Scorer (Regular Season): Woodensky Cherenfant, 9 goals 

    By The Numbers (2017 Caribbean Club Championship)

    2017 Record: W4 D2 L0 GF22 GA3

    Final Position: Champion

    Final Result:  1-0 win v Central FC

    Top Scorer: Woodensky Cherenfant, 7 goals   

    Season Summary

    Going unbeatean in its last 12 matches – including eight wins – Cibao FC edged out Club Atletico Pantoja to finish atop the Liga Dominicana de Fútbol (LDF) Banco Popular regular-season table.  Its hopes of capturing the title, though, were dashed by Atlántico FC at the semifinal stage, 2-4 on penalty kicks, after their two-games series ended scoreless.

    Season Highlight

    It has been a steady climb up the table for Cibao, which finished fifth in the inaugural LDF season (2015) and second in 2016.  Its first-ever, first-place finish was clinched in style, defeating eventual-champion Atlantico FC, 3-1, on the final day of the campaign.

    2017 Caribbean Club Championship Summary

    Cibao FC claimed the Caribbean’s only berth in the 2018 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League by earning the 2017 Caribbean Club Championship (CCC) title on the strength of a 1-0 win over Trinidad & Tobago’s San Juan Jabloteh in the final.  Richard Dabas headed home the only goal in the 30th minute, helping the club become the first from the Dominican Republic to lift an international trophy.  Along the way, Cibao defeated two-time defending champion Central FC, 1-0, in the final round.

    Key Player: Woodensky Cherenfant

    The Haiti international was at the center of Cibao’s biggest moments.  The forward struck for a brace in a 3-1 win over Atlántico FC to help the club finish atop the LDF regular-season table for the first time and found the back of the net seven times to lead Cibao to the 2017 Caribbean Club Championship.

    Player to Watch in 2018: Ernesto Trinidad

    The 21-year-old defender just completed his second season with Cibao after beginning his professional career with hometown Moca.  After captaining the U-20 side and featuring on the U-23s, Trinidad has made two appearances with the Dominican Republic national team. 

    Fabulous Facts

    No team has enjoyed a home-field advantage more than Cibao FC, who was the only team during the 2017 season to not lose a home match.  Its seven victories at the Estadio Cibao FC was also the most by any home side in the LDF.

    SCCL Round of 16 Outlook

    Cibao FC will be the ultimate underdog, when it opens play in the 2018 SCCL against Round of 16 opponent Guadalajara, the 2017 Liga MX Clausura champion.  Bus as Cibao has proven in a short period of time, it knows how to rise for the big occasion.

     

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