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2019 CONCACAF Champions League

The 2019 CONCACAF Champions League (officially the 2019 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League) was the 11th edition of the CONCACAF Champions League under its current name, and overall the 54th edition of the premier football club competition organized by CONCACAF, the regional governing body of North America, Central America, and the Caribbean.[1]

2019 CONCACAF Champions League
2019 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League
Tournament details
Dates19 February – 1 May 2019
Teams16 (from 9 associations)
Final positions
ChampionsMexico Monterrey (4th title)
Runners-upMexico UANL
Tournament statistics
Matches played30
Goals scored93 (3.1 per match)
Top scorer(s)Ecuador Enner Valencia
(7 goals)
Best player(s)Argentina Nicolás Sánchez
Best young playerMexico Jonathan González
Best goalkeeperArgentina Marcelo Barovero
Fair play awardUnited States Sporting Kansas City
2018
2020

Monterrey defeated UANL 2–1 on aggregate in the final to win their fourth title. As the winners of the 2019 CONCACAF Champions League, they qualified for the 2019 FIFA Club World Cup in Qatar. Guadalajara were the title holders, but did not qualify for this tournament and were unable to defend their title.

QualificationEdit

A total of 16 teams participate in the CONCACAF Champions League:

Therefore, teams from either 9 or 10 out of the 41 CONCACAF member associations may participate in the CONCACAF Champions League.

North AmericaEdit

The nine berths for the North American Football Union (NAFU) are allocated to the three NAFU member associations as follows: four berths each for Mexico and the United States, and one berth for Canada.

For Mexico, the champions and runners-up of the Liga MX Apertura and Clausura Liguilla (playoff) tournaments qualify for the CONCACAF Champions League. If there is any team which are finalists of both tournaments, the vacated berth is reallocated using a formula, based on regular season records, that ensures that two teams qualify via each tournament.

For the United States, because of the restructuring of the CONCACAF Champions League starting from 2018, two teams each from the 2017 and 2018 seasons qualify for the 2019 CONCACAF Champions League:

This means that the Supporters' Shield champions in 2017 and 2018, and the Eastern Conference or Western Conference regular season champions which are not Supporters' Shield champions in 2017 and 2018, which would have qualified for the CONCACAF Champions League in the usual setup, are not guaranteed a berth in the 2019 CONCACAF Champions League. If there is any team which qualifies through multiple berths, or if there is any Canada-based MLS team which are champions of the 2017 or 2018 MLS Cup, the vacated berth is reallocated to the U.S.-based team with the best aggregate record over the 2017 and 2018 MLS regular seasons.[2][3]

For Canada, the champions of the Canadian Championship, its domestic cup competition which awards the Voyageurs Cup, qualify for the CONCACAF Champions League. While some Canada-based teams compete in the MLS, they cannot qualify through either the MLS regular season or Playoffs.

Central AmericaEdit

The five berths for the Central American Football Union (UNCAF) are allocated to five of the seven UNCAF member associations as follows: one berth for each of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Panama. As all of the leagues of Central America employ a split season with two tournaments in one season, the champions with the better aggregate record (or any team which are champions of both tournaments) in the leagues of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Panama qualify for the CONCACAF Champions League. Another 13 teams from Central America, which qualified through their domestic leagues, enter the CONCACAF League.

If teams from any Central American associations are excluded, they are replaced by teams from other Central American associations, with the associations chosen based on results from previous CONCACAF Champions League tournaments.

CaribbeanEdit

The sole berth for the Caribbean Football Union (CFU), which consists of 31 member associations, is allocated via the CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championship, the first-tier subcontinental Caribbean club tournament. Since 2018, the CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championship is open to teams from professional leagues. To qualify for the CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championship, teams have to finish as the champions or runners-up of their respective association's league in the previous season.[4]

The champions of the CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championship qualify for the CONCACAF Champions League. Another three teams from the Caribbean, which qualified through the CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championship or CONCACAF Caribbean Club Shield (via a playoff), enter the CONCACAF League.

CONCACAF LeagueEdit

Besides the 15 direct entrants of the CONCACAF Champions League, another 16 teams (13 from Central America and 3 from the Caribbean) enter the CONCACAF League, a tournament held from August to October prior to the CONCACAF Champions League.[5] The champions of the CONCACAF League qualify for the CONCACAF Champions League.

TeamsEdit

The following 16 teams (from nine associations) qualified for the tournament.

In the following table, the number of appearances, last appearance, and previous best result count only those in the CONCACAF Champions League era starting from 2008–09 (not counting those in the era of the Champions' Cup from 1962 to 2008).

Qualified teams from North America (9 teams)
Association Team Qualifying method App (Last) Previous Best (Last)
  Mexico (4 berths) UANL 2017 Apertura champions 5th (2018) Runners-up (2016–17)
Santos Laguna 2018 Clausura champions 6th (2015–16) Runners-up (2012–13)
Monterrey 2017 Apertura runners-up 5th (2016–17) Champions (2012–13)
Toluca 2018 Clausura runners-up 4th (2013–14) Runners-up (2013–14)
  United States (4 berths) Atlanta United FC 2018 MLS Cup champions[Note USA] 1st Debut
Sporting Kansas City 2017 U.S. Open Cup champions[Note USA] 4th (2016–17) Quarter-finals (2013–14)
Houston Dynamo 2018 U.S. Open Cup champions[Note USA] 5th (2013–14) Quarter-finals (2012–13)
New York Red Bulls U.S. non-champions with best aggregate record in 2017 and 2018 MLS regular seasons[Note USA] 5th (2018) Semi-finals (2018)
  Canada (1 berth) Toronto FC 2018 Canadian Championship champions 6th (2018) Runners-up (2018)
Qualified teams from Central America (6 teams)
Association Team Qualifying method App (Last) Previous Best (Last)
  Costa Rica (1 berth + CL winner) Saprissa Champions with better aggregate record in 2017–18 season (2018 Clausura) 8th (2018) Semi-finals (2010–11)
Herediano 2018 CONCACAF League champions 9th (2018) Semi-finals (2014–15)
  El Salvador (1 berth) Alianza 2017 Apertura and 2018 Clausura champions 3rd (2016–17) Group stage (2016–17)
  Guatemala (1 berth) Guastatoya 2018 Guatemalan CONCACAF Champions League playoff winners[Note GUA] 1st Debut
  Honduras (1 berth) Marathón Champions with better aggregate record in 2017–18 season (2018 Clausura) 5th (2012–13) Quarter-finals (2009–10)
  Panama (1 berth) Independiente Champions with better aggregate record in 2017–18 season (2018 Clausura) 1st Debut
Qualified teams from Caribbean (1 team)
Association Team Qualifying method App (Last) Previous Best (Last)
  Dominican Republic Atlético Pantoja 2018 CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championship champions 1st Debut
Notes
  1. ^ Guatemala (GUA): After the suspension of the National Football Federation of Guatemala was lifted by FIFA in June 2018, it was decided that the representative of Guatemala in the 2019 CONCACAF Champions League would be decided by a two-legged playoff between Antigua GFC (2017 Apertura champions) and Guastatoya (2018 Clausura champions),[6] which was won by Guastatoya.[7] Under the original qualification method, Antigua GFC would have qualified as champions with better aggregate record in 2017–18 season.
  2. ^ United States (USA): Due to the tournament's restructuring from 2017–18, the United States would be represented in the 2019 CONCACAF Champions League by two teams each in the 2017 and 2018 seasons: the MLS Cup champions in 2017 and 2018, and the U.S. Open Cup champions in 2017 and 2018. This means that the Supporters' Shield champions in 2017 and 2018, and the Eastern Conference and/or Western Conference regular season champions which are not Supporters' Shield champions in 2017 and 2018, which would have qualified for the CONCACAF Champions League in the usual setup, will not be guaranteed a berth in the 2019 CONCACAF Champions League. If a team qualifies through multiple berths, or if any of the MLS berths are taken by a Canada-based MLS team, the vacated berth is reallocated to the U.S. non-champions with the best aggregate record over the 2017 and 2018 MLS regular seasons.[2][3] As the 2017 MLS Cup was won by the Canadian team Toronto FC, this berth is reallocated based on the above method to the New York Red Bulls.[8][9]

DrawEdit

Location of teams of the 2019 CONCACAF Champions League
  North American Zone   Central American Zone   Caribbean Zone
(CL) Winners of 2018 CONCACAF League

The draw for the 2019 CONCACAF Champions League was held on 3 December 2018, 19:00 EST (UTC−5), at the Univision Studios in Miami.[10][11]

The draw determined each tie in the round of 16 (numbered 1 through 8) between a team from Pot 1 and a team from Pot 2, each containing eight teams. The "Bracket Position Pots" (Pot A and Pot B) contained the bracket positions numbered 1 through 8 corresponding to each tie. The teams from Pot 1 were assigned a bracket position from Pot A and the teams from Pot 2 were assigned a bracket position from Pot B. Teams from the same association could not be drawn against each other in the round of 16 except for "wildcard" teams which replaced a team from another association.

The seeding of teams were based on the CONCACAF Club Index.[12] Each team qualified for the CONCACAF League based on criteria set by the respective associations (e.g., tournament champions, runners-up, cup champions), resulting in an assigned slot (e.g., MEX1, MEX2) for each team. The CONCACAF Club Index, instead of ranking each team, was based on the on-field performance of the teams that have occupied the respective qualifying slots in the previous five editions of the CONCACAF Champions League. To determine the total points awarded to a slot in any single edition of the CONCACAF Champions League, CONCACAF used the following formula:

Points per Participation Win Draw Stage advanced Champions
4 3 1 1 2

The 16 teams are distributed in the pots as follows:

Pot Rank Slot 2013–14 2014–15 2015–16 2016–17 2018 Total Team
Pot 1 1 MEX3 29 32 23 15 17 116   Monterrey
2 MEX1 22 11 33 27 12 105   UANL
3 MEX2 10 16 20 30 25 101   Santos Laguna
4 CAN1 10 23 8 22 21 84   Toronto FC
5 USA3 11 13 16 20 17 77   Houston Dynamo
6 MEX4 29 9 18 10 9 75   Toluca
7 USA4 16 20 16 8 5 65   New York Red Bulls[USA]
8 USA1 17 11 14 11 11 64   Atlanta United FC[USA]
Pot 2 9 PAN1 15 4 10 20 8 57   Independiente
10 USA2 13 9 13 14 7 56   Sporting Kansas City
11 CRC1 19 12 10 8 5 54   Saprissa
12 HON1 11 15 10 11 5 52   Marathón
13 GUA1 10 11 8 9 0 38   Guastatoya
14 SLV1 8 4 7 9 7 35   Alianza
15 CCC1 5 4 8 5 4 26   Atlético Pantoja
16 SCL1 0 0 0 0 5 5   Herediano
Notes
  1. ^ a b USA The identity of the teams qualifying for two of the four slots for the United States (USA1 and USA4) was not known at the time of the draw, and was later determined based on the result of the 2018 MLS Cup on 8 December 2018.[13] As Atlanta United FC were certain to participate in the 2019 CONCACAF Champions League and be seeded in Pot 1 (qualifying for either USA1 or USA4) at the time of the draw, they were included in the draw and assigned a bracket position from Pot A by the draw. They later won the 2018 MLS Cup and qualified for USA1, and the New York Red Bulls qualified for USA4.[14]

FormatEdit

In the CONCACAF Champions League, the 16 teams played a single-elimination tournament. Each tie was played on a home-and-away two-legged basis.

  • In the round of 16, quarter-finals, and semi-finals, the away goals rule was applied if the aggregate score was tied after the second leg. If still tied, a penalty shoot-out was used to determine the winner (Regulations II, Article F).[1]
  • In the finals, the away goals rule was not applied, and extra time would be played if the aggregate score was tied after the second leg. If the aggregate score was still tied after extra time, a penalty shoot-out would be used to determine the winner (Regulations II, Article G).[1]

ScheduleEdit

The schedule of the competition was as follows.

First leg Second leg
Round of 16 19–21 February 2019 26–28 February 2019
Quarter-finals 5–6 March 2019 12–14 March 2019
Semi-finals 3–4 April 2019 10–11 April 2019
Finals 23 April 2019 1 May 2019

Times are Eastern Time, as listed by CONCACAF (local times are in parentheses):

BracketEdit

  Round of 16 Quarter-finals Semi-finals Finals
                                             
  Guastatoya 0 1 1  
  Houston Dynamo 1 2 3  
    Houston Dynamo 0 0 0  
    UANL 2 1 3  
  Saprissa 1 1 2
  UANL 0 5 5  
    UANL 3 2 5  
    Santos Laguna 0 3 3  
  Atlético Pantoja 0 0 0  
  New York Red Bulls 2 3 5  
    New York Red Bulls 0 2 2
    Santos Laguna 2 4 6  
  Marathón 2 0 2
  Santos Laguna 6 5 11  
    UANL 0 1 1
    Monterrey 1 1 2
  Alianza 0 0 0  
  Monterrey 0 1 1  
    Monterrey 3 0 3
    Atlanta United FC 0 1 1  
  Herediano 3 0 3
  Atlanta United FC 1 4 5  
    Monterrey 5 5 10
    Sporting Kansas City 0 2 2  
  Independiente 4 1 5  
  Toronto FC 0 1 1  
    Independiente 2 0 2
    Sporting Kansas City 1 3 4  
  Sporting Kansas City 3 2 5
  Toluca 0 0 0  

Round of 16Edit

In the round of 16, the matchups were decided by draw: R16-1 through R16-8. The teams from Pot 1 in the draw hosted the second leg.

SummaryEdit

The first legs were played from 19–21 February, and the second legs were played from 26–28 February 2019.[15]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Marathón   2–11   Santos Laguna 2–6 0–5
Atlético Pantoja   0–5   New York Red Bulls 0–2 0–3
Saprissa   2–5   UANL 1–0 1–5
Guastatoya   1–3   Houston Dynamo 0–1 1–2
Sporting Kansas City   5–0   Toluca 3–0 2–0
Independiente   5–1   Toronto FC 4–0 1–1
Herediano   3–5   Atlanta United FC 3–1 0–4
Alianza   0–1   Monterrey 0–0 0–1

MatchesEdit

Marathón  2–6  Santos Laguna
Report
Santos Laguna  5–0  Marathón
Report

Santos Laguna won 11–2 on aggregate.


New York Red Bulls  3–0  Atlético Pantoja
Report
Attendance: 3,417
Referee: John Pitti (Panama)

New York Red Bulls won 5–0 on aggregate.


Saprissa  1–0  UANL
Report
UANL  5–1  Saprissa
Report

UANL won 5–2 on aggregate.


Houston Dynamo  2–1  Guastatoya
Report

Houston Dynamo won 3–1 on aggregate.


Sporting Kansas City  3–0  Toluca
Report
Toluca  0–2  Sporting Kansas City
Report

Sporting Kansas City won 5–0 on aggregate.


Independiente  4–0  Toronto FC
Report
Toronto FC  1–1  Independiente
Report

Independiente won 5–1 on aggregate.


Herediano  3–1  Atlanta United FC
Report
Atlanta United FC  4–0  Herediano
Report

Atlanta United FC won 5–3 on aggregate.


Alianza  0–0  Monterrey
Report
Monterrey  1–0  Alianza
Report

Monterrey won 1–0 on aggregate.

Quarter-finalsEdit

In the quarter-finals, the matchups were determined as follows:

  • QF1: Winner R16-1 vs. Winner R16-2
  • QF2: Winner R16-3 vs. Winner R16-4
  • QF3: Winner R16-5 vs. Winner R16-6
  • QF4: Winner R16-7 vs. Winner R16-8

The winners of round of 16 matchups 1, 3, 5, 7 hosted the second leg.

SummaryEdit

The first legs were played from 5–6 March, and the second legs were played from 12–14 March 2019.[17]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
New York Red Bulls   2–6   Santos Laguna 0–2 2–4
Houston Dynamo   0–3   UANL 0–2 0–1
Independiente   2–4   Sporting Kansas City 2–1 0–3
Monterrey   3–1   Atlanta United FC 3–0 0–1

MatchesEdit

New York Red Bulls  0–2  Santos Laguna
Report
Santos Laguna  4–2  New York Red Bulls
Report

Santos Laguna won 6–2 on aggregate.


Houston Dynamo  0–2  UANL
Report
UANL  1–0  Houston Dynamo
Report

UANL won 3–0 on aggregate.


Independiente  2–1  Sporting Kansas City
Report
Sporting Kansas City  3–0  Independiente
Report

Sporting Kansas City won 4–2 on aggregate.


Monterrey  3–0  Atlanta United FC
Report
Atlanta United FC  1–0  Monterrey
Report

Monterrey won 3–1 on aggregate.

Semi-finalsEdit

In the semi-finals, the matchups were determined as follows:

  • SF1: Winner QF1 vs. Winner QF2
  • SF2: Winner QF3 vs. Winner QF4

The semi-finalists in each tie which had the better performance in previous rounds hosted the second leg.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Host
1   Santos Laguna 4 4 0 0 17 4 +13 12 2nd leg
2   UANL 4 3 0 1 8 2 +6 9 1st leg
1   Sporting Kansas City 4 3 0 1 9 2 +7 9 2nd leg
2   Monterrey 4 2 1 1 4 1 +3 7 1st leg
Source: CONCACAF
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Away goals scored; 5) Wins; 6) Away wins; 7) Disciplinary points; 8) Drawing of lots (Regulations II, Article H).

SummaryEdit

The first legs were played from 3–4 April, and the second legs were played from 10–11 April 2019.[20]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
UANL   5–3   Santos Laguna 3–0 2–3
Monterrey   10–2   Sporting Kansas City 5–0 5–2

MatchesEdit

UANL  3–0  Santos Laguna
Report
Santos Laguna  3–2  UANL
Report

UANL won 5–3 on aggregate.


Monterrey  5–0  Sporting Kansas City
Report
Sporting Kansas City  2–5  Monterrey
Report

Monterrey won 10–2 on aggregate.

FinalsEdit

In the finals (Winner SF1 vs. Winner SF2), the finalist which had the better performances in previous rounds hosted the second leg.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Host
1   Monterrey 6 4 1 1 14 3 +11 13 2nd leg
2   UANL 6 4 0 2 13 5 +8 12 1st leg
Source: CONCACAF
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Away goals scored; 5) Wins; 6) Away wins; 7) Disciplinary points; 8) Drawing of lots (Regulations II, Article H).

SummaryEdit

The first leg was played on 23 April, and the second leg was played on 1 May 2019.[22]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
UANL   1–2   Monterrey 0–1 1–1

MatchesEdit

UANL  0–1  Monterrey
Report
Monterrey  1–1  UANL
Report

Monterrey won 2–1 on aggregate.

Top goalscorersEdit

  Team eliminated for this round.
Rank Player Team Goals By round
1R1 1R2 QF1 QF2 SF1 SF2 F1 F2
1   Enner Valencia   UANL 7 3 1 2 1
2   Julio Furch   Santos Laguna 5 1 1 1 2
  Nicolás Sánchez   Monterrey 1 1 1 1 1
4   Gerso Fernandes   Sporting Kansas City 4 1 1 2
  Krisztián Németh   Sporting Kansas City 1 1 2
6   Javier Correa   Santos Laguna 3 3
  Romeesh Ivey   Independiente 2 1
  Josef Martínez   Atlanta United FC 2 1
  Dorlan Pabón   Monterrey 1 2
  Daniel Royer   New York Red Bulls 1 1 1
  Diego Valdés   Santos Laguna 1 1 1

Source: CONCACAF[23]

AwardsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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