Islanders set for Champions League Draw

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

NEW YORK – CONCACAF unveiled the preliminary round match-ups for the 2008-09 CONCACAF Champions League™ following the draw held today at the offices of the General Secretariat in New York City. The USL First Division’s Puerto Rico Islanders learned their opponent will be Costa Rica runners-up LD Alajuelense while the Canadians currently in the qualifying phase, which includes USL-1’s Vancouver Whitecaps and Montreal Impact, were drawn against the yet-to-be determined Nicaraguan champions.

The Islanders drew one of the more storied clubs in Costa Rican and CONCACAF soccer. Liga Deportiva Alajuelense (LDA), currently playing in the Primera División in Costa Rica, is arguably the top club in Costa Rica because of its history, age, heritage, and fame. They have won the national championship 24 times and finished runners-up an additional 18 times. Alajuelense was the first Costa Rican team to win a CONCACAF Champions’ Cup in 1986, and is the only Central American club to participate in South American tournaments such like Copa Merconorte (2000) and the Copa Sudamericana (2006).
Preliminary Round Draw Results (Home Team Listed First)

First-Leg (26-28 August 2008)
GUA2: CD Municipal or Deportivo Jalapa – PAN1: San Francisco FC
CFU2: Joe Public FC of Trinidad & Tobago – USA3: New England Revolution
CRC2: LD Alajuelense – CFU3: Puerto Rico Islanders
MEX4: CD SC Cruz Azul – BLZ1: Hankook Verdes
CFU1: Harbour View FC of Jamaica – MEX3: Pumas UNAM
PAN2: Tauro FC – USA4: Chivas USA
CAN1: Canadian Champion – NCA1: Nicaraguan Champion
SLV2: CD Isidro Metapan – HON2: CD Olimpia or CD Marathon

Second-Leg (2-4 September 2008)
PAN1: San Francisco FC – GUA2: CD Municipal or Deportivo Jalapa
USA3: New England Revolution – CFU2: Joe Public FC of Trinidad & Tobago
CFU3: Puerto Rico Islanders – CRC2: LD Alajuelense
BLZ1: Hankook Verdes – MEX4: CD SC Cruz Azul
MEX3: Pumas UNAM – CFU1: Harbour View FC of Jamaica
USA4: Chivas USA – PAN2: Tauro FC
NCA1: Nicaraguan Champion – CAN1: Canadian Champion
HON2: CD Olimpia or CD Marathon – SLV2: CD Isidro Metapan

Eight seeded teams – Group Stage
MEX1: Atlante FC, MEX2: Club Santos Laguna, USA1: Houston Dynamo, USA2: D.C. United, CRC1: Deportivo Saprissa, SLV1: CD Luis Angel Firpo, GUA1: CSD Municipal or Deportivo Jalapa (Playoff will determine GUA1, GUA2), HON1: CD Olimpia or CD Marathon (Playoff will determine HON1, HON2)

2008-09 CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE – Calendar of Events

2008
26-28 August: Preliminary Round, First-legs
2-4 September: Preliminary Round, Second-legs
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

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