Hi everyone, With CONCACAF's club championship now partitioned into two tournaments, every federation has to face the question of how much of a gap they want to permit between their teams qualifying for the continental stage and said teams actually playing there. While there have been no indications of calendar adjustment in Mexico or Central America, Canada already squared things away with Toronto FC getting only one CCL ticket for winning both the 2016 and 2017 Voyageurs' Cups. For its part, the US decided to split its four berths in the 2019 CCL among two seasons, with the MLS Cup and US Open Cup winners for 2017 and 2018 getting the nod at the expense of the Supporters' Shield and "MLS opposite conference regular season" winners. The latter has us starting this thread now, since the semifinals of the 2017 US Open Cup are set (times U.S. Eastern, home team first). Wednesday, August 9: Sporting Kansas City vs. San Jose Earthquakes, 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 15: FC Cincinnati vs. New York Red Bulls, 8:00 p.m. On September 20, the winner of the second semifinal will either travel to KC or host San Jose with the first 2019 CONCACAF Champions League berth on the line. As for the 2018 CONCACAF League, technically the first qualifier will be the Nicaraguan Apertura winner, since they have no option of directly reaching the CCL; the Belizean Opening Season winner will still have to top the full-year table to guarantee continental play, while the winners in the rest of the Central American leagues will have their respective country's CCL berth in sight.