On Thursday, the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) announced the match-ups and dates for the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Champions League.
Major League Soccer’s D.C. United leads the eight-team field with 12 points and a positive five-goal differential and is the only club to navigate the group phase without dropping points. The only other MLS team to survive the group round is the Montreal Impact, standing fourth with a positive three-goal differential.
Saprissa is joined in the quarterfinals by two other Costa Rican sides – CS Herediano and LD Alajuelense. Club Deportivo Olimpia of Honduras joins the Costa Rican squads to total four UNCAF teams.
Rounding out the quarterfinal field are two Mexican teams, four-time Confederation champion and 2009/10 CCL winner CF Pachuca, and five-time Confederation champion Club America.
Following group play results, the eight group-topping teams were ranked 1-8, based on the number of points they achieved in the group stage, and using goal difference as the tie-breaker among teams tied with the same amount of points. Those rankings yielded four pairings: 1-8, 2-7, 3-6 and 4-5, now set to face off in the quarterfinals early next year.
The provisional dates for the first leg of each of the semifinals is February 24-26, 2015. The return legs will be played from March 3-5, next year.
DC United (USA) – 12 points, +5 GD
Club America (MEX) – 10 points, +16 GD
CS Herediano (CRC) – 10 points, +7 GD
Impact de Montreal (CAN) – 10 points, +3 GD
Club Pachuca (MEX) – 9 points, +9 GD
Olimpia (HON) – 9 points, +7 GD
Deportivo Saprissa (CRC) – 7 points, +3 GD
LD Alajuelense (CRC) – 6 points, +1 GD
CONCACAF Champions League 2014/15 Quarterfinals – Home Leg
– LD Alajuelense (CRC) vs. DC United (USA)
– Deportivo Saprissa (CRC) vs. Club America (MEX)
– Olimpia (HON) vs. CS Herediano (CRC)
– Club Pachuca (MEX) vs. Impact de Montreal (CAN)
CONCACAF Champions League 2014/15 Quarterfinals – Away Leg
– DC United (USA) vs. LD Alajuelense (CRC)
– Club America (MEX) vs. Deportivo Saprissa (CRC)
– CS Herediano (CRC) vs. Olimpia (HON)
– Impact de Montreal (CAN) vs. Club Pachuca (MEX)
CONCACAF Champions League is the region’s most prestigious club tournament, qualifying its champion directly to the FIFA Club World Cup. Current Confederation champion Cruz Azul FC, winner of the 2013/14 CONCACAF Champions League, will participate in the 2014 edition of the Club World Cup in Morocco later this year.
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