Friday, October 2, 2015

CCL Scenarios

Only one match week left in the CONCACAF Champions League with four quarterfinal berths still on the line. Here's a breakdown of the scenarios that will determine the final quarterfinal draw:

Group A

Saprissa (Costa Rica) and Santos Laguna (Mexico) are tied atop the group with six points, so it'll be winner take all when the two sides face each other in Mexico on October 20th. Saprissa came back from one goal down to win their first match-up 2-1 so a draw will send them through to the quarterfinals.

Group B

Tigres UANL (Mexico) carry a three point lead and homefield advantage into their final match with Herediano (Costa Rica) on October 21st, but an Herediano win will send the Costa Rican side through as the two clubs drew 1-1 in their previous match-up.

Group C

Querétaro (Mexico) has already clinched the group so the October 22nd showdown between Verdes (Belize) and San Francisco (Panama) is purely for bragging rights. Verdes won the last match-up 2-1.

Group D

The LA Galaxy have clinched the group, but their October 21st match with Comunicaciones (Guatemala) could influence their quarterfinal seed. The Galaxy won the last match-up between these two clubs 5-0 thanks to a pair of goals from both Alan Gordon and Robbie Keane.

Group E

América (Mexico) haven't clinched the group yet, but Motagua (Honduras) have their work cut out for them needing to beat the Mexican powerhouse by at least four goals on October 20th to make up for a 4-0 defeat in Mexico on August 5th.

Group F

The Seattle Sounders clinched the group thanks to their 3-0 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps, but the Whitecaps still have one more match to play on the road against Olimpia (Honduras) on October 22nd. The Whitecaps defeated Olimpia 1-0 on September 16th.

Group G

Real Salt Lake controls their own destiny against Municipal (Guatemala) needing a draw or better at home on October 20th to advance. A 1-0 win for Municipal, however, will be enough to send the Guatemalan club through thanks to the 5th tiebreaker (greater number of goals scored in group matches).

Group H

DC United has clinched this group leaving the final match between Árabe Unido (Panama) and Montego Bay United of no significant importance.

Current Positioning for the Quarterfinals is as follows:

1. DC United - 10 pts (+6)
2. América/Motagua - 9 pts (+7)
3. LA Galaxy - 7 pts (+9)
4. Querétaro - 7 pts (+9)
5. Seattle Sounders - 7 pts (+3)
6. Tigres UANL/Herediano - 7 pts (+2)
7. Real Salt Lake/Municipal - 7 pts (+2)
8. Saprissa/Santos Laguna - 6 pts (+4)

Teams in bold have no matches remaining. For teams that have not clinched, the higher of the points values was used.

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