• Wednesday Jan 14, 2009

    Two teams withdraw from Caribbean club cup, draw format restructured

    PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad -Portmore United of Jamaica and SV Racing of Aruba have withdrawn from the Caribbean Club Champions Cup, resulting in a new format for the tournament's draw, the Caribbean Football Union announced Wednesday.

    Instead of two pools of six teams each for Thursday's draw at CONCACAF's New York headquarters, the first round will consist of five teams in each pool, drawn against each other for two legs March 18 and March 25. Also Thursday, the five first-round winners will be joined by San Juan Jabloteh of Trinidad and drawn against each other in another round of home-and-away matches to be played April 13 and April 20.

    The three second-round winners will be combined with the Puerto Rico Islanders for single-game semifinals on May 15 in Trinidad & Tobago. The single-game final will be played two days later in Trinidad. The draw for the semifinals will be conducted after the second round is complete.

    Originally, 12 teams were to be divided into two pools, with a club from Pool 1 drawn against a side from Pool 2. The six winners were then to be joined by San Juan Jabloteh and the Islanders for four quarterfinal two-leg pairings.

    Portmore and SV Racing withdrew on Tuesday, citing issues such as cost and stadium deficiencies. Three teams from the Caribbean cup advance to next year's CONCACAF Champions League.

    DRAW FORMAT

    First Round

    Pool 1

    W. Connection (Trinidad)

    Greenbay Hoppers (Antigua & Barbuda)

    Inter Moengo Tapoe (Suriname)

    Tempete FC (Haiti)

    Cavaly SA (Haiti)

    Pool 2

    Sevilla FC (Puerto Rico)

    SV Britannia (Aruba)

    Alpha United (Guyana)

    Centre Bath Estate (Dominica)

    CSD Barber (Netherlands Antilles)

    Second Round

    Pool 1

    San Juan Jabloteh (Trinidad)

    Winner 1

    Winner 2

    Pool 2

    Winner 3

    Winner 4

    Winner 5

    Semifinals

    (Draw to be conducted after second round)

    Puerto Rico Islanders vs. second-round winner

    Second-round winner vs. second-round winner

     

  • Champions League

    Related News



RELATED NEWS YOU'LL LIKE

Saprissa offense in midseason form

Fabrizo Ronchetti scored two goals on his official debut and visiting Saprissa registered a 3-0 win over UCR at the Estadio Jose Joaqun Colleya Fonseca.

Vancouver Whitecaps acquire SCCL star Espindola

Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced on Wednesday that it acquired forward Fabian Espindola from D.C. United in exchange for financial considerations.

Etienne driven to succeed with Haiti, NY Red Bulls

Derrick Etienne will get an opportunity to represent Haiti on Sunday, when it meets Argentina in an under-23 international friendly in Boca Raton, Florida.

Blackburn pleased with his Saprissa start

Rolando Blackburn got his Saprissa career off to a rousing start on Saturday, when he scored five minutes after entering as a halftime substitute in the host’s 3-3 Invierno opening draw with San Carlos.

El Salvador int’l GK Hernandez joins Dragon

Salvadoran champion Dragon announced Monday the signing of goalkeeper Henry Hernandez as the club prepares to open the 2016 Apertura season and its first-ever participation in the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League.