• Thursday Jan 11, 2018

    2018 SCCL Launch: 40 Days Away!

    Two-time Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League champion Club America players and staff (pictured) celebrate after winning the 2015/16 title. (Photo: Mexsport)

    MIAMI – With the start of the 2018 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League (SCCL) just 40 days away, CONCACAF.com refreshes your memory on the round of 16 matchups for the 10th Anniversary edition (host of first leg listed first).

    CIBAO FC (DOM) v GUADALAJARA (MEX)
    February 22 / February 28

    - First-ever SCCL meeting.
    - Cibao FC captured the 2017 Caribbean Club Championship title with an overall record of 4W-2D-0L (22GF, 3GA)
    - Guadalajara won the first-ever CONCACAF club championship in 1962, overcoming Guatemala’s Comunicaciones, 6-0 on aggregate, in the final.

    SANTA TECLA (SLV) v SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (USA)
    February 22 / March 1

    - First-ever SCCL meeting.
    - Santa Tecla has faced U.S. opposition twice in SCCL play (2015/16 group stage v Real Salt Lake: 0-0 home draw; 1-2 away loss)
    - Seattle Sounders FC has progressed to at least the quarterfinals in each of its last three Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League appearances, including a run to the semifinals in 2012/13.

    OLIMPIA (HON) v NEW YORK RED BULLS (USA)
    February 22 / March 1

    - First-ever SCCL meeting.
    - Olimpia is the only side to qualify for all 10 SCCL editions, earning its 2018 spot by the winning the 2017 Scotiabank CONCACAF League.
    - In the 2016/17 SCCL, the New York Red Bulls advanced to the quarterfinals – their best-ever finish – before falling to MLS rival Vancouver Whitecaps FC (agg: 1-3).

    MOTAGUA (HON) v CLUB TIJUANA (MEX)
    February 21 / February 27

    - First-ever SCCL meeting.
    - Motagua is winless in four all-time SCCL games against Mexican opposition (0-1-3), but it did draw 1-1 against eventual champion Club America in 2015/16 group stage – the Ciclon Azul’s last match in the competition.
    - Heading into the 2018 edition, 12 of Club Tijuana’s 15 goals in the SCCL have been scored at home, where it is a perfect 4-0-0.

    HEREDIANO (CRC) v TIGRES (MEX)
    February 20 / February 27

    - The sides are meeting in a third straight SCCL, with Tigres unbeaten in four games between them (2-2-0), including two consecutive wins (3-1 away, 3-0 home).
    - Herediano will be making its eighth appearance in the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League -- the most of any Costa Rican club.
    - Tigres has finished as runner-up in the last two SCCL editions, falling to Club America in 2015/16 (agg: 1-4) and Pachuca in 2016/17 (agg: 1-2).

    COLORADO RAPIDS (USA) v TORONTO FC (CAN)
    February 20 / February 27

    - First-ever SCCL meeting.
    - The Colorado Rapids are the 11th club from the USA to qualify for the SCCL more than once.
    - Toronto FC returns to the SCCL for the first time since the 2012/13 edition, extending its Canadian record for appearances in the competition to five.

    TAURO FC (PAN) v FC DALLAS (USA)
    February 21 / February 28

    - In two all-time SCCL games between them, Tauro is unbeaten – both in the 2011/12 group stage (1-1 away draw; 5-3 home win).
    -In the 2016/17 SCCL, FC Dallas nearly became the second team from the USA to reach the final, falling to eventual-champion Pachuca, 4-3 on aggregate, in the semifinals.
    - Tauro has qualified for the SCCL a Panamanian-record six times.

    SAPRISSA (CRC) v CLUB AMERICA (MEX)
    February 21 / February 28

    - The sides’ only previous SCCL meetings came in the 2014/15 quarterfinals, with Club America winning both encounters (3-0 away, 2-0 home).
    - Saprissa is the last non-Mexican side to win the CONCACAF club title, lifting the Champions’ Cup trophy in 2005.
    - Club America’s record seven CONCACAF club championship titles includes a pair of SCCL crowns (2014/15, 2015/16).

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