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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old October 17th, 2007, 21:55 Thread Starter
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CONCACAF Champions Cup 2008

Qualifying for the 2008 edition of the Champions Cup has been underway for the past two months almost with the UNCAF Toreno Interclubes taking place. It is now down to the Semi Finals.

In one semifinal Alajuelense will face Deportivo Saprissa in the Clásico Costarricense while in the other semifinal, Honduran powerhouses Motagua will face off against one-time winners of the tournament and possibly the biggest club in Guatemala, Municipal.

My (biased) pick for the Clásico is Alajuelense, who are overdue a win anyways, while my pick for the other semifinal is Municipal, who look to have a good squad this year.

Alajuelense beat Once Municipal (El Salvador) and Real España (Honduras) to get to the semis, while Saprissa beat F.C. Belize and fellow Costa Rican side Herediano to reach the semis. Motagua handily beat Real Estelí (Nicaragua) before disposing of San Francisco F.C. (Panama) while their opponents thumped Real Madriz (Nicaragua) before overcoming fellow countrymen Xelajú M.C. in a penalty-shootout.

The two finalists and the third-placed team of the tournament go on to the CONCACAF Champions Cup proper.

Vamos La Liga!

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On the Carribean side of things, the winner of the Carribean Football Union (CFU) Club Championship will advance to the Champions Cup. The competition will take place later in 2007.

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In North America, two teams have already qualified, Pachuca as the Mexican Clausura 06/07 Champion and D.C. United as the MLS Supporter's Shield winners. The Mexican Apertura 07/08 Champion and the MLS Cup winner will also receive berths.

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Historically, the Champions Cup (or its equivalent) has been dominated by Mexican teams, with Mexico notching up 23 wins. Cruz Azul and Club América have 5 wins apiece, making them the most successful clubs in the tournament. The next most successful country is Costa Rica, with six titles shared between Saprissa (3), Alajuelense (2), and Cartaginés (1). Costa Rican teams have been powerful, even recently with Alajuelense and Saprissa winning titles in 2004 and 2005, respectively.

Since the inception of the MLS, American clubs have won twice, D.C. United in 1998, and LA Galaxy in 2000.

The last time a Carribean team won the cup was Defence Force, from Trinidad & Tobago in 1985 defeating C.D. Olimpia of Honduras 2-1 on aggregate. Other Carribbean teaams to have won are S.V. Transvaal of Surinam (1973, 1981), and two Haitian teams, Racing Club Haïtien (1963) and Violette AC (1984).

For more info on the competition, check out the Wikipedia article:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CONCACAF_Champions%27_Cup

Or the RSSSF page:

http://rsssf.com/tablesc/cacups08.html#cc

Games are occasionally shown on FSC in the United States.

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Saprissa beat Alajuelense in their semifinal matchup while Motagua beat Municipal in the other semifinal.

Municipal were awarded the first leg of the third-place tie 3-0 after crowd trouble from the LDA fans in Guatemala and Alajuelense only managed to win the second leg 1-0, so they will not take part in the Champions Cup, while Municipal will go along with Motagua and Saprissa, the former of whom won the UNCAF Torneo Interclubes to become champions of Central America.

Meanwhile, Harbour View from Jamaica won the Caribbean club championship, earning a berth in the 2008 Champions Cup.

Houston Dynamo won the MLS Cup while Atlante won the 2007/2008 Mexican Apertura, both securing them places in the Champions Cup.

The Quarter Final matchups for the 2008 CONCACAF Champions Cup:

CD Motagua (HON) - Pachuca CF (MEX)
Harbour View FC (JAM) - D.C. United (USA)
Atlante FC (MEX) - Deportivo Saprissa (CRC)
CSD Municipal (GUA) - Houston Dynamo (USA)

The teams listed first will host the first leg, held March 11-13, while the second leg will be held March 18-20. In the Semi Finals the Motagua-Pachuca winner will host the D.C. United-Harbour view winner and the Municipal-Houston Dynamo winner will host the Atlante-Saprissa winner in the first leg, April 1-3, with the second leg on April 8-10. The final first leg will be hosted by Atlante-Saprissa-Municipal Houston Dynamo and will be played April 22-24 with the second leg being April 29-May 1.

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First Leg Quarterfinal results:

Motagua 0-0 Pachuca
Harbour View 1-1 D.C. United
CSD Municipal 1-1 Houston Dynamo
Atlante 2-1 Saprissa

All the ties are pretty finely balanced IMO. Pachuca, D.C., and Houston should win at home, though if Motagua can score a goal or two in Mexico that could complicate things. Saprissa can get 1-0 win against Atlante and go through, difficult, but not out of the question.

Return legs are next week. Pachuca-Motagua on Tuesday, D.C. United-Harbour View and Houston-Municipal on Wednesday and Saprissa-Atlante on Thursday.

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Mexican teams really sturggling here...

So Pachuca just edges out Motagua 1-0, same score on aggregate. D.C. United crushes Harbour View 5-0, 6-1 on aggregate with a brace from Luciano Emilio and Devon McTavish plus a goal from Fred. Houston over Municipal 3-1, same on aggregate with a De Rosario double and one from rookie Steven Wondolowski. Guatemala international Gonzalo Romero converted a penalty for Municipal. Finally, Saprissa crushed Atlante 3-0 at home to make it 4-2 on aggregate. Normally I don't like Saprissa, but its great seeing a Tico team knock out a Mexican team. Armando Alonso scored and two Atlante players scored own goals to win it for Saprissa.

The semi-finals are:

Houston-Saprissa
DC United-Pachuca

First legs April 1-3 return legs April 8-10.

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