Forge FC, Motagua among five teams securing 2022 SCCL berths
MIAMI, Florida – The results of the 2021 Scotiabank Concacaf League quarterfinals on Tuesday night have qualified five teams for the 2022 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League.
Forge FC of Canada, Santos de Guapiles of Costa Rica, Deportivo Saprissa of Costa Rica, Motagua of Honduras and Comunicaciones of Guatemala have all officially confirmed their places in the 2022 SCCL.
Based on their aggregate victories in their respective 2021 SCL quarterfinal series, Forge FC and Motagua have qualified as 2021 SCL semifinalists.
2021 SCL quarterfinalists Deportivo Saprissa and Comunicaciones have also qualified for the 2022 SCCL based on Tuesday's SCL results. The two clubs have qualified as either a SCL semifinalist or as one of the two top ranked losing quarterfinalists.
Santos have also qualified for the 2022 SCCL as one of the two best ranked losing quarterfinalists.
For Forge FC and Santos de Guapiles, the 2022 SCCL will mark their first ever appearance in the tournament.
2020 Guardianes champions Club Leon will return to the SCCL for a third consecutive season and fourth overall. The Liga MX side will be seeking their first ever series win in the SCCL.
The 2013-14 SCCL champions are back in the tournament for a third straight year as well thanks to winning the 2021 Guardianes, and will look to go a step further than their semifinal finish in 2021. No team from Liga MX has competed in the SCCL more than Cruz Azul, who will be making their eighth appearance in 2022. La Maquina also have played in three SCCL Finals (2008-09, 2009-10, 2013-14).
2020 Guardianes runners-up Pumas will compete in the SCCL for the first time since the 2016-17 campaign when they finished as quarterfinalists. Pumas will be participating in their fifth SCCL and hope to win their first ever SCCL title.
The Torreon club are also a stalwart when it comes to Concacaf competition and will be playing their seventh SCCL and first since 2019 thanks to a runner-up finish in the 2021 Guardianes. Santos’ best SCCL finish came in the 2011-12 and 2012-13 editions when they were runners-up.
New England Revolution
The Revolution will be appearing in the SCCL for the first time since the inaugural edition in 2008-09. The Revolution have already secured a place as the MLS Eastern Conference regular season champions, but could still qualify as 2021 MLS Cup champions or 2021 MLS Supporters Shield winners.
The 2022 SCCL will mark Cavaly’s first ever adventure in the SCCL after topping Suriname’s Inter Moengo Tapoe to claim the 2021 FCCCC. Cavaly are currently the only team qualified that will be making their SCCL debut and will become the fifth different Haitian side to appear in the tournament.
After debuting in the SCCL in 2019, Guastatoya are back by virtue of their performance in the 2021 SCL. After eliminating Costa Rican giants Deportivo Saprissa 3-3 on aggregate via the away goal tiebreaker in the SCL Round of 16, Guastatoya advanced directly to the semifinal round, and thus qualified for the 2022 SCCL.
Comunicaciones will appear in the SCCL for the seventh time and their first since 2020 due to their performance in the 2021 SCL. Comunicaciones have qualified as either a 2021 SCL semifinalist or as one of the two top ranked losing quarterfinalists.
Motagua are back in the SCCL for the first time since 2020 as one of the four semifinalists in the 2021 SCL. Motagua defeated fellow Honduras club Marathon 4-0 on aggregate in the 2021 SCL quarterfinals to punch their ticket to a sixth SCCL.
Santos de Guapiles
Santos de Guapiles have qualified for the SCCL for the first time in their history as one of the two best ranked losing quarterfinalists in the 2021 SCL. Santos will be the eighth different team from Costa Rica to compete in the SCCL.
Costa Rican giants have qualified for a third straight SCCL as either a 2021 SCL semifinalist or as one of the two top ranked losing quarterfinalists. The three-time Concacaf club champions will be making their 10th appearance in the tournament, the most among all teams from Costa Rica and second-most among all teams in Concacaf (Olimpia, 12).
Forge is the first team from the Canadian Premier League to qualify for the SCCL after reaching the semifinals of the 2021 SCL thanks to a 4-3 aggregate win over Santos de Guapiles in the quarterfinals. Forge are the fourth different team from Canada to appear in the tournament.