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CONCACAF Champions Cup

Tim St.Pauli

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Can anyone explain me how the equivalent of the European Champions League works? On the CONCACAF-site I found the Champions Cup. Is it it? And how does it work? Are Canadian teams participating? On the CONCACAF-site I saw the tournament from the quarterfinals on, but I assume there has to be a pre-qualification-round or whatever.

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Tim, I moved this topic to the General Discussion section because it's not about the Canadian men's national team.

Don't bother with CONCACAF's site. The place to go is RSSSF (not just for this but for almost everything in soccer):


Only three times have Canadian teams entered this competition: 1975 (Toronto Serbian White Eagles lost to Monterrey in the first round; second leg in Toronto ended in a brawl), 1976 (Toronto Italia defeated New York Inter-Giuliana in the first round, but withdrew before the next round when they couldn't agree to dates with their next opponent Toluca) and 1992 (Vancouver 86ers were supposed to play Hamilton International (Bermuda) in the first round but withdrew before playing a match).

The question of Canadian clubs participating today is often discussed here, just do a search. I'll point out one such thread in which I give my opinion :):


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If there's one thing I've noticed about the pan-European world is that they love a good cup. Or any cup for that matter. Unfortunately, Canadians really only care about one, maybe two. Still, if the ownership of one of the A-League teams got on the ball, I'm sure we could host a modified tourney in the summer. I would recommend sending out invites to struggling teams of yesteryear, a la Wednesday, Oldham, Milton Keynes, maybe a Dynamo Dresden for good measure. I'm sure if the tickets were cheap enough Montreal could pull off such a 'cup.' There seem to be plenty of gaps in the A-League schedule to accomodate.

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The confusion as to who will be the American reps (2) in the comp has not been cleared up-the finalists in the MLS playoffs, to be determined this weekend. it'll be a real shame if the Open Cup winner, Kansas City, does not make it.

The confusion surronding the 2 Mexican entries has yet to be sorted out I think, compicated by the fact that the 3 Mexican clubs (under the new format) in the 38 team Libertadores Cup for 2005 will not be able to play because of conflicts. I think it will be the Apertura and Clasura Champions, and the comp will now be more desirable given that there will be a place in the new December 2005 World Club Championship Tournament in Japan.

Still waiting for the CSA to announce who our reps will be (wink, wink).



MLS Cup 2004 champion and runner-up to represent United States in 2005 CONCACAF Champions Cup Annual tournament to feature top clubs from North and Central American and Caribbean nations Major League Soccer

NEW YORK - Major League Soccer and the U.S. Soccer Federation today announced that the two finalists participating in MLS Cup 2004 will represent the United States in the 2005 CONCACAF Champions Cup, the annual regional tournament featuring the top clubs from North and Central America and the Caribbean.

Two single-elimination Conference Championships this weekend will determine the finalists for MLS Cup 2004 scheduled for Sunday, November 14 at The Home Depot Center (3:30 p.m. ET live on ABC Sports). The Conference Championship weekend begins on Friday, November 5 with the Western Conference Championship matching the Los Angeles Galaxy (No. 2 seed) against the Kansas City Wizards (No. 1 seed) from Arrowhead Stadium (8:30 p.m. ET). The Eastern Conference Championship will be played the next day on Saturday, November 6 as the surprising New England Revolution (No. 4 seed) will travel to RFK Stadium (7:00 p.m. ET) to take on three-time MLS Cup champion D.C. United (No. 2 seed).

Of these four potential MLS Cup finalists, D.C. United has participated in five CONCACAF Champions Cup tournaments (1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002), winning the 1998 event. The Los Angeles Galaxy, winners of the 2000 CONCACAF Champions Cup, have participated on three occasions (1997, 2000, 2003), while the New England Revolution (2003) and Kansas City Wizards (2002) have each participated once. D.C. United and the Los Angeles Galaxy squared off in the 2000 Champions Cup, which saw the Galaxy advance on penalty kicks.

Aside from the 2002 and 2003 editions of the CONCACAF Champions Cup which saw four MLS teams participate, the MLS Cup Champions and runner-up represented the United States in all previous tournaments since 1997. The 2003 MLS Cup Champion San Jose Earthquakes and runners-up Chicago Fire participated in the 2004 event.



1997 - Lost in Semifinals; 1-0 to Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS) on August 22, 1997 in RFK Stadium, Washington D.C.

1998 - Won Final; 1-0 versus Toluca (Mexico) on August 16, 1998 in RFK Stadium, Washington D.C.

1999 - Lost in Semifinals; 5-4 on PK's to LD Alajuelense (Costa Rica) after 1-1 tie on October 1, 1999 in Las Vegas, NV

2000 - Lost in Semifinals; 4-2 on PK's to Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS) after 1-1 tie on January 19, 2001 in Los Angeles, CA

2002 - Lost in Round of 16; 5-2 aggregate to CSD Comunicaciones (Guatemala) on March 13, 2002


2002 - Lost in Semifinals; 7-2 aggregate to Monarcas Morelia (Mexico) in August, 2002


1997 - Lost in Final 5-3 to Cruz Azul (Mexico) on August 24, 1997 in RFK Stadium, Washington D.C.

2000 - Won Final; 3-2 versus CD Olimpia (Honduras) on January 21, 2001 in Los Angeles, CA

2003 - Lost in Quarterfinals; 6-2 aggregate to CD Necaxa (Mexico) on April 9, 2003


2003 - Lost in Round of 16: 5-3 on aggregate to LD Alajuelense (Costa Rica) in March 2003

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