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13.1.04 - CONCACAF announced today, that El Salvador’s 2003 Liga Mayor Apertura Champions Club Deportivo F.A.S. will take the final berth to the 2004 CONCACAF Champions Cup as the third representative from the Unión Centroamerica de Fútbol (UNCAF) replacing Guatemala’s CSD Comunicaciones.

Guatemalan teams are ineligible to participate in this event due to the suspension, by both CONCACAF and FIFA last week of the Federación de Fútbol de Guatemala (FEDEFUTBOL).

CD F.A.S. had finished second with six points (2-1-0) at the UNCAF Quadrangular 1 held in Nicaragua last October, which was won by Deportivo Saprissa of Costa Rica (3-0-0, 9 Points).

The draw for the final phase of the 2004 CONCACAF Champions Cup will take place at the offices of the CONCACAF General Secretariat in New York City on Wednesday, 14 January at 12:00. The draw will be presided over by CONCACAF President Jack Warner and General Secretary Chuck Blazer.

The eight teams in the draw will be paired to play two-leg, straight knockout, home-and-away series, from 17 March – 11 May 2004.

The CONCACAF Champions Cup draw procedure will have two pots of four teams each; one containing two teams each from Mexico and USA and the other with one club from the Caribbean and three from Central America.

The clubs that have confirmed their participation in the 2004 CONCACAF Champions Cup are: CF Monterrey, CF Pachuca will represent Mexico as the respective 2003 Torneo de Liga Champions from Clausura and Apertura; the 2003 Major League Soccer (MLS) Regular Season Champion Chicago Fire and 2003 MLS Cup Winner San Jose Earthquakes will carry the USA banner; Trinidad & Tobago’s CL Financial San Juan Jabloteh claimed the CFU (Caribbean Football Union) crown and a berth to their first Champions Cup competition; CD F.A.S. and Costa Rican clubs Deportivo Saprissa and LD Alajuelense will represent the UNCAF.

The CONCACAF Champions Cup is the longest running international competition in the region and has been the premier club competition in the Confederation since its inception in 1962.

2004 CONCACAF Champions Cup Teams
CFU (1) CL Financial San Juan Jabloteh (TRI)

MEXICO (2)
CF Monterrey, 2003 Clausura Champion
CF Pachuca, 2003 Apertura Champion

UNCAF (3)
CD F.A.S. (SLV)
Deportivo Saprissa (CRC)
LD Alajuelense (CRC)

USA (2)
Chicago Fire, 2003 Major League Soccer (MLS) Regular Season Champion
San Jose Earthquakes, 2003 MLS Cup Champion

Schedule
Quarterfinal Series
First-Leg: 17 March 2004
Second-Leg: 24 March 2004

Semifinal Series
First-Leg: 14 April 2004
Second Leg: 21 April 2004

Final Series
First-Leg: 4 May 2004
Second-Leg: 11 May 2004
 
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