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The 1997 CONCACAF Champions' Cup was the 33rd edition of the annual international club football competition held in the CONCACAF region (North America, Central America and the Caribbean), the CONCACAF Champions' Cup. It determined that year's club champion of association football in the CONCACAF region.

1997 CONCACAF Champions' Cup
Tournament details
Host countryUnited States
CityWashington, D.C.
DatesAugust 13 – August 24
Teams8 (from 6 associations)
Final positions
ChampionsMexico Cruz Azul (5th title)
Runners-upUnited States Los Angeles Galaxy
Tournament statistics
Matches played8
Goals scored27 (3.38 per match)
1996
1998

The teams were split into 3 zones (North, Central and Caribbean). The North American zone qualified 3 teams direct into the quarterfinals and 2 teams played a play-off to get a 4th spot in the quarterfinals. The Central American zone played a regional tournament to get 3 spots in the quarterfinal. The winner of the Caribbean zone got a place in the quarterfinals.

1997 was the first year that teams from the United States' premier league, Major League Soccer, took part in the Champions' Cup. The competitors in the MLS Cup, both winner and runner-up, were each given berths in the tournament.

All but two of the eight games played in the final tournament were played in Washington, D.C.. The final was won by Cruz Azul, who captured their fifth Champions' Cup title with a 5-3 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy.[1]

Contents

Preliminary Regional playoffsEdit

North American ZoneEdit

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Los Angeles Galaxy   4 - 1   Santos Laguna
  • Los Angeles Galaxy advance to the quarterfinal.

Central American ZoneEdit

Preliminary roundEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
A.F.C. Euro Kickers   5 - 6   Diriangén FC 4 - 2 1 - 4

First roundEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
CS Cartaginés   9 - 2   Tauro 5 - 0 4 - 2
FAS   2 - 2
3-5 (pen)
  CSD Comunicaciones 1 - 1 1 - 1
Xelajú MC   2 - 0   Real Verdes 0 - 0 2 - 0
Juventus   4 - 2   Real CD España 0 - 1 4 - 1
Luis Ángel Firpo   4 - 1   Olimpia 0 - 0 4 - 1
Diriangén FC   4 - 5   Alajuelense 3 - 2 1 - 3

Second roundEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Juventus   2 - 8   CSD Comunicaciones 0 - 3 2 - 5
Xelajú MC   2 - 3   C.D. Luis Ángel Firpo 2 - 1 0 - 2
CS Cartaginés   2 - 1   L.D. Alajuelense 2 -1 -
  • Comunicaciones, Luis Ángel Firpo and Cartaginés advance to the quarterfinal. Cartaginés vs Alajuelense played in one leg in San José.[2]

Caribbean ZoneEdit

1997 CFU Club Championship

Group 1Edit

Team 1  Score  Team 2
L'Etoile de Morne-à-l'Eau   0 - 0   Notre Dame SC
United Petrotrin   2 - 0   Omai Gold Seekers
Omai Gold Seekers   0 - 2   Notre Dame SC
United Petrotrin   7 - 1   L'Etoile de Morne-à-l'Eau
Omai Gold Seekers   1 - 1   L'Etoile de Morne-à-l'Eau
United Petrotrin   5 - 0   Notre Dame SC

Group 2Edit

Team 1  Score  Team 2
SV Transvaal   1 - 0   Stubborn Youth SC
Seba United   2 - 0   Club Franciscain
Club Franciscain   1 - 0   SV Transvaal
Seba United   5 - 1   Stubborn Youth SC
Club Franciscain   3 - 2   Stubborn Youth SC
Seba United   2 - 0   SV Transvaal

Qualifying playoffEdit

Team 1  Score  Team 2
United Petrotrin   2 - 1   Seba United
  • United Petrotrin advance to the quarterfinal.

Quarterfinal Qualified teamsEdit

North American zoneEdit

Central American zoneEdit

Caribbean zoneEdit

BracketEdit

 
QuarterfinalsSemifinalsFinal
 
          
 
 
 
 
  D.C. United1
 
 
 
  United Petrotrin0
 
  D.C. United0
 
 
 
  Los Angeles Galaxy1
 
  Los Angeles Galaxy2
 
 
 
  Luis Ángel Firpo0
 
  Los Angeles Galaxy3
 
 
 
  Cruz Azul5
 
  Guadalajara1
 
 
 
  Cartaginés0
 
  Guadalajara2
 
 
 
  Cruz Azul3 Third place
 
  Cruz Azul5
 
 
 
  Comunicaciones 0
 
  D.C. United2
 
 
  Guadalajara2
 

QuarterfinalsEdit

Los Angeles Galaxy  2 – 0  C.D. Luis Ángel Firpo
Welton   45'
Hurtado   78'
Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium
Washington, D.C. - United States
D.C. United  1 – 0  United Petrotrin
Etcheverry   84'
Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium
Washington, D.C. - United States

Cruz Azul  5 – 0  CSD Comunicaciones
Galindo   5', 57'
Yegros   42'
Hermosillo   56'
Palencia   78'

SemifinalsEdit

D.C. United  0 – 1  Los Angeles Galaxy
Jones   10'
Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium
Washington, D.C. - United States
Guadalajara  2 – 3  Cruz Azul
Sánchez   86' (pen.)
Martínez   90'
Sánchez   26' (OG)
Yegros   36'
Adomaitis   77'
Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium
Washington, D.C. - United States

Third place matchEdit

D.C. United  2 – 2  Guadalajara
Díaz Arce   40'
Iroha   89'
Acosta   55'
Sánchez   86' (pen.)
Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium
Washington, D.C. - United States
  • Third place was shared.

FinalEdit

Los Angeles Galaxy  3 – 5  Cruz Azul
Hurtado   8', 14'
Campos   78'
Galindo   30' (pen.)
Rodríguez   31'
Adomaitis   36'
Hermosillo   62', 66'
Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium
Washington, D.C. - United States

ChampionEdit

CONCACAF Champions' Cup
1997 Winners
 
Deportivo Cruz Azul
Fifth Title

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.concacaf.com/viewCompetition.aspx?id=90[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Copa de Campeones y Subcampeones CONCACAF 1997".