Wednesday, June 11, 2008

2008-09 Concacaf Champions League preliminary round schedule

Sixteen teams now know their opponents for the preliminary two-leg round of the first ever CONCACAF Champions League. Come August, these teams will fight it out to win a spot in the group phase, which starts play in September.

As far as the preliminary round, first leg matches will take place sometime between 26-28 August with the second leg to follow the following week (2-4 Sept). Exact fixture dates will be announced soon.

As far as the MLS sides are concerned, New England will take on Joe Public, the best team name in the tournament. Public is a difficult Trinidad and Tobago side that I believe has caused problems for MLS teams before.

Chivas USA drew Panama's Tauro FC. Although they are the best Panama has to offer, they have not been a big international team.

There is also a very good chance Toronto FC will enter the tournament as the “Canadian Champion". If so, MLS will have the most teams in the competition.

Anyway, here is the full draw:

Home team first legHome team second leg
Deportivo Jalapa (GUA)San Francisco FC (PAN)
Joe Public FC (TNT)New England Revolution (USA)
LD Alajuelense (CRC)Puerto Rico Islanders (PRC)
Cruz Azul (MEX)Hankook Verdes (BLZ)
Harbour View FC (JAM)Pumas UNAM (MEX)
Tauro FC (PAN)Chivas USA (USA)
Montreal Impact (CAN)Real Esteli (NIC)
CD Isidro Metapan (SLV)CD Marathon (HON)

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