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So, a number of clubs have already qualified for the inagural competition, to start in August of this year.

So far: Atlante (MEX, 2007 Apertura winners), UNAM Pumas (MEX, 2007 Apertura runner-up), Houston Dynamo (USA, 2007 MLS Cup winner), D.C. United (USA, 2007 Supporter's Shield Winner), New England Revolution (USA, 2007 MLS Cup runner-up), Chivas USA (USA, 2007 Supporter's Shield runner-up), Deportivo Saprissa (CRC, 2007 Apertura winner), Luis Angel Firpo (SLV, 2007 Apertura winner), Deportivo Jalapa (GUA, 2007 Apertura winner), C.D. Marathon (HON, 2007 Apertura winner), San Francisco FC (PAN, 2007 Apertura winner), Harbour View F.C. (JAM, 2007 CFU Championship winner), Joe Public F.C. (TRI, 2007 CFU Championship runners-up)

Still TBD: 2 Mexican spots (2008 Clausura winners and runners-up), 1 Costa Rican spot (2008 Clausura winner), 1 Salvadoran spot (2008 Clausura winner), 1 Guatemalan spot (2008 Clausura winner), 1 Honduran spot (2008 Clausura winner), 1 Panamanian spot (2008 Clausura winner), 1 Belize spot, 1 Canadian spot (winner of Canadian club championship - held this summer), 1 Nicaraguan spot, 1 Caribbean spot (CFU Championship third-place?)

D.C. United, Houston Dynamo, and Atlante and the 2008 Mexican Clausura winner have byes to the group stage, as do one team each from Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala, but those teams are TBD, probably decided once the Clausura winners in those countries are decided this May. The rest of the teams will be drawn in a preliminary round.

Schedule:

July 2008: Preliminary draw
August 26-28 and September 2-4, 2008: Preliminary Round
September 2008: Group stage draw
September 16-18, 2008 : Group stage matchday 1
September 23-25, 2008: Group stage matchday 2
September 30-October 2, 2008: Group stage matchday 3
October 7-9, 2008: Group stage matchday 4
October 21-23, 2008: Group stage matchday 5
October 28-30, 2008: Group stage matchday 6
February 24-26 and March 3-5, 2009: Quarterfinals
March 17-19 and April 7-9, 2009: Semifinals
April 21-23 and April 28-30, 2009: Final

Let the games begin! (In a few months...)
 
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