CONCACAF Champions League - Announcement 28.01.08

Discussion in 'MLS: News & Analysis' started by Nico Limmat, Jan 28, 2008.

  1. Nico Limmat

    Nico Limmat Member+

    Oct 24, 1999
    Dubai, UAE
    Club:
    Grasshopper Club Zürich
    Nat'l Team:
    Switzerland
    Two hours to go until the press conference.
     
  2. tab5g

    tab5g Member+

    May 17, 2002
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    The press conference will focus on commencement of the Qualification Round for the FIFA World Cup ™ South Africa 2010, details of the Champions’ Cup 2008 and a thorough outline of the 2008-09 CONCACAF Champions League, which begins in August.
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    i can't wait until people get to display their displeasure at how "un-thorough" the "outline of the 2008-09 CONCACAF Champions League" will be at this time.
     
  3. Onionsack

    Onionsack BigSoccer Yellow Card

    Jul 21, 2003
    New York City
    Club:
    FC Girondins de Bordeaux
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Should be very anti-climatic if it follows CONCACAF aanouncment predicent
     
  4. The Marquis

    The Marquis Moderator
    Staff Member

    Aug 13, 2007
    Washougal, WA
    Club:
    Portland Timbers
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Any news? Looking forward to some.
     
  5. Orange1836

    Orange1836 don't believe the hype

    Dec 2, 2006
    Houston
    where can i watch it?

    anyone watching it now?
     
  6. tab5g

    tab5g Member+

    May 17, 2002
    don't think it's being streamed.

    in person (or perhaps on the phone) might be the only option:
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    WHERE: InterContinental West Miami
    2505 NW 87th Avenue
    Phone: (305) 468-1400
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    would be interested to hear from anyone who may have called that line and asked to be connected to the Concacaf press conference.
     
  7. anewsoccerfan

    anewsoccerfan Member

    Apr 15, 2007
    Chapel Hill, NC
    They will be having refreshments following the press conference. !!!


    :D
     
  8. SweetOwnGoal

    SweetOwnGoal Member

    Jan 5, 2003
    11.9986 km from BMO Field
    Club:
    Toronto FC
    We've been waiting , what, five years for this so...HURRY UP AND SEND THE PRESS RELEASE CONCACAF!

    If the rumour of direct entry to the group stage and 32 teams is true about the only way I can see it working is to have eight groups of three in the first round with the winners going to the full group stage

    Q Group stage (24 teams)---Group stage (8 byes + 8 winners)---quarters---semis--final

    Eight byes = Mexico four, USA three, Costa Rica 1

    How they find 24 teams to fill the draw out is beyond me...

    Five each from USA and Mexico
    One Canada
    Four Costa Rica
    Five Central American
    Four Caribbean

    ?

    ?

    ?
     
  9. The Marquis

    The Marquis Moderator
    Staff Member

    Aug 13, 2007
    Washougal, WA
    Club:
    Portland Timbers
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    So, where the hell is an annoucement about this? Damn you CONCACAF!
     
  10. krudmonk

    krudmonk Member+

    Mar 7, 2007
    S.J. Sonora
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    They're waiting until the 1st day of Soctober to announce it. What did you think 28.01.08 meant?
     
  11. Revolt

    Revolt Member+

    Jun 16, 1999
    Davis, CA
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    This is CONCACAF. I'm not getting my hopes up on this tourney - though it is promising.
     
  12. DCU1996

    DCU1996 Member

    Jun 3, 2002
    N. VA
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    Korea Republic
    I think it should go by the league. why one for Canada? Canada's first division is MLS.
     
  13. DCU1996

    DCU1996 Member

    Jun 3, 2002
    N. VA
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    Korea Republic
    anyways, it's basically same $hit to me.

    Stretching it and dding a few more MLS & FMF teams and mediocred central American teams don't realy make much difference.

    I'm more looking forward to ticket to Libertadores
     
  14. SweetOwnGoal

    SweetOwnGoal Member

    Jan 5, 2003
    11.9986 km from BMO Field
    Club:
    Toronto FC
    Because Canada is a country in CONCACAF.

    No, really, it is that simple.
     
  15. monster

    monster Member

    Oct 19, 1999
    Hanover, PA
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    NEW YORK (Monday, 28 January 2008) - CONCACAF (Confederation of North,
    Central American and Caribbean Association Football) announced today the
    official launch of the new continental club championship, the CONCACAF
    Champions League which will commence in August 2008. The CONCACAF
    Champions League will replace the Champions' Cup which will cease to exist
    after the 2008 edition.

    The CONCACAF Champions League will see a Confederation record number of 24
    teams from all sectors of the CONCACAF region participating. The
    preliminary round begins in August 2008 with the first CONCACAF Champions
    League winner to be crowned in late April 2009.

    The CONCACAF Champions League will feature four teams from Mexico and USA;
    three Caribbean sides; two clubs each from Costa Rica, El Salvador,
    Guatemala, Honduras, Panama; and one representative coming from Canada,
    Belize, and Nicaragua.

    Eight clubs (two Mexican, two USA, one each from Costa Rica, Honduras,
    Guatemala, El Salvador) will be seeded and progress directly to the first
    round of the CONCACAF Champions League, while the Caribbean slots have been
    increased to three teams for this event.

    The remaining 16 teams will be paired in eight home-and-away preliminary
    match-ups taking place from 26-28 August and 2-4 September.

    The preliminary round winners will join the other eight seeded teams in the
    group stage that consists of four groups of four. All the teams in each
    group will play each other in a round-robin system during six match dates
    (three home games, three away games) from 16 September - 30 October.

    The top two clubs from each group will advance to the knock out phase
    playing home-and-away elimination. The quarterfinals commence in February
    2009; semifinals begin in March; and the Finals will take place in late
    April.

    The CONCACAF Champions League winner will qualify as the CONCACAF's
    representative to the 2009 edition of the FIFA Club World Cup.


    2008-09 CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
    Calendar of Events
    2008
    End July: All qualification completed, draw for preliminary round
    26-28 August: Preliminary Round, First-legs
    2-4 September: Preliminary Round, Second-legs
    Early September: Group Stage Schedule Announced
    16-18 September: Group Stage - Match Day 1
    23-25 September: Group Stage - Match Day 2
    30 September - 2 October: Group Stage - Match Day 3
    7-9 October: Group Stage - Match Day 4
    21-23 October: Group Stage - Match Day 5
    28-30 October: Group Stage - Match Day 6

    2009
    24-26 February: Quarterfinals, First-legs
    3-5 March: Quarterfinals, Second-legs
    17-19 March: Semifinals, First-legs
    7-9 April: Semifinals, Second-legs
    21-23 April: Final, First-leg
    28-30 April: Final, Second-leg
    December: FIFA Club World Cup
     
  16. DCU1996

    DCU1996 Member

    Jun 3, 2002
    N. VA
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    Korea Republic
    Canada's professional football first division = MLS.

    At least no automatic spot.
     
  17. boomersooner027

    May 13, 2004
    Club:
    FC Dallas
    Nat'l Team:
    Bahamas
    I'm really not so sure how this is going to work out for MLS teams. Most will cruise through the group stages against the crappy teams, but then 3 months off and playing the toughest games in the pre-season. Oh well, not too bad I suppose.
     
  18. Flipstar508

    Flipstar508 Member

    Sep 7, 2006
    Worcester, MA
    Club:
    Chelsea FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I thinks it's stupid the final isn't 1 game at a predetermind place.
     
  19. CACuzcatlan

    CACuzcatlan Member

    Jun 11, 2007
    San Francisco, CA
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I am also a hater of 2-leg finals. Damn Latin American influence. On the plus side, at least MLS teams will still get most of their usual time off, although I'm sure the teams will start their pre-season training a few weeks earlier than normal.
     
  20. alocksley

    alocksley Member

    Jan 30, 2004
    Burbank, CA
    So does this mean that TFC gets the Canada bid automatically, or do they have a Canadian elimination between TFC, Montreal, Vancouver, etc.?
     
  21. Ranka

    Ranka Member

    Apr 1, 2005
    Let's imagine that the Revs make it to the final to be played at a predetermined place... lets say Estadio Azteca. Now that would be exciting.
    How many Revs fans will make that game?

    Now, with home and away, the revs would have a chance to play infront of their fans and can create a home field advantage for the Revs!

    I think it is stupid for the MLS to have "predetermined" final instead of a home and away series.
     
  22. dcchelseafc

    dcchelseafc Moderator
    Staff Member

    DC United
    Sep 2, 2005
    Naptown
    Club:
    DC United
    so now how are they going to select teams to represent?
     
  23. Orange1836

    Orange1836 don't believe the hype

    Dec 2, 2006
    Houston
    thats up to the federations,

    seems USSF is going with the mls cup, supporter's shield, and the runners up get in the qualifying stages.
     
  24. Ranka

    Ranka Member

    Apr 1, 2005
    Revolution and Chivas USA start playing in August!
    DC and Houston are already in directly!

    Supporters shield = DC
    Supporters runner up = Chivas
    MLS Champ = Houston
    MLS runner up = Revolution
     

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