The draw is done. Schedule set. Now it’s up to us to become Champion of Champions. As the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and Supporters’ Shield winner, Sounders FC earned a bid in the 2015-2016 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League. What’s at stake? A spot to compete with the best clubs from every region in the FIFA Club World Cup.
"If you want to matter in the region and in the world, you have to win Champions League."
CONCACAF is the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football. The Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League, or SCCL, is a 24-team tournament to determine the CONCACAF region’s top professional club each year.
The CONCACAF Champions League stretches across parts of two consecutive MLS seasons.
Sounders FC won the Group Stage with a 3-0 win against Vancouver Whitecaps FC (CAN) at home on 9/23 and will advance to the Knockout Stage.
The Knockout Stage continues in early 2016 with two-legged matchups in a home and away series for both the Quarterfinal and Semifinal Rounds.
The two remaining teams square off in the SCCL Final, home and away, with the winner qualifying for the annual FIFA Club World Cup in Japan.
The CONCACAF region covers North and Central America, as well as the Caribbean. The Champions League regularly features top clubs from Major League Soccer, Mexico’s Liga MX and clubs from the top leagues in Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Trinidad and Tobago and others across the region.
One of two clubs to qualify for all eight editions of the SCCL and winners of 10 league titles, AD Isidro Metapàn is located in Metapàn, El Salvador. The team was founded in 2000 and is coached by Jorge Rodriguez, a former player for the El Salvador National Team.Close
C.D. Arabe Unido is making its fourth appearance in the SCCL. The club was founded in 1994 and has won 11 Panamanian championships. El Expreso Azul, as it is commonly known, is coached by Colombian Sergio Guzmàn.Close
Coached by Diego Vàsquez, one of its former goalkeepers, C.D. Motagua makes its third appearance in the SCCL. Founded in 1928, the club plays its home matches at Estadio Nacional in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, which holds 34,000 people.Close
One of two clubs to qualify for all eight editions of the SCCL, C.D. Olimpia has the same home stadium in Tegucigalpa as fellow SCCL team C.D. Motagua. Olimpia is coached by Argentine Hector Vargas and was founded in 1912.Close
Five-time league winners, C.D. Walter Ferretti is making its first-ever appearance in the SCCL. Established in 1987 and currently coached by Henry “Huesito” Urbina, the team plays at Estadio Olímpico del IND Managua in Managua, Nicaragua.Close
Participating in the SCCL for the sixth time, C.S. Herediano is located in Heredia, Costa Rica. Coached by former Brazilian player Odir Jacques, the club was founded in 1921 and has won 24 league titles.Close
Based in Guatemala City, C.S.D. Municipal has been in five previous SCCL tournaments. Established in 1936, the club has been at the highest division of Guatemalan soccer since 1942, and has won 29 league titles.Close
A side based in Couva, Trinidad and Tobago, Central FC had never qualified for the SCCL until this year. Established just three years ago, the club is coached by a former England National Team player in Terry Fenwick.Close
The defending champions of the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League, Club Amèrica plays at 92,000-seat Estadio Azteca in Mexico City. A twelve-time Mexican champion, this is the team’s third straight appearance in the SCCL. Ignacio Ambríz, a former Mexican National Team player, manages the club.Close
Twice runner-up in the SCCL and a five-time Mexican champion, Club Santos Laguna is back in the tournament for the fifth time. It plays home matches at Estadio Corona in Torreón, Coahuila, Mexico, and is coached by Pedro Caixinha of Portugal.Close
Making its third consecutive and fifth overall appearance in the SCCL, Comunicaciones is located in Guatemala City alongside fellow participant C.S.D. Municipal. The club, which leads all Guatemalan sides with 30 league titles, was founded in 1949 and is coached by William Olivera.Close
Last year’s top seed in the MLS Eastern Conference, D.C. United has played in three previous SCCL tournaments and has earned four MLS Cups. Managed by former United player and U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Ben Olsen, the Black-and-Red have accumulated 13 total championships in its 20-year professional history, including the 1998 CONCACAF Champions Cup.Close
Costa Rica’s most successful club with 31 league titles, Deportivo Saprissa is participating in the SCCL for the fifth time. Founded in 1935, the club plays home games at Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Aymá in Tibas, Costa Rica, and is coached by former Costa Rican National Team player Jeaustin Campos.Close
The defending MLS Cup champion, the LA Galaxy is making its fifth appearance in the SCCL. Last year, LA dueled Sounders FC for the MLS Supporters’ Shield the Western Conference Championship, with each club taking one of the two trophies.Close
Located in Montego Bay, Jamaica, Montego Bay United FC is participating in the SCCL for the very first time. The team is managed by Dean Weatherly and was established in 1972.Close
Queretaro, located in Querétaro, Mexico, was founded in 1950. Manager Victor Manuel Vucetich and his club are making their first-ever appearance in the SCCL.Close
The former club of Sounders FC General Manager Garth Lagerwey, Real Salt Lake is in the SCCL for the third time. Under Lagerwey in 2010-11, RSL became the first MLS team to reach the CONCACAF Champions League Final.Close
A club that plays at 3,000-seat Estadio Agustín Sánchez in La Chorrera, Panamá, San Francisco F.C. has been in four previous SCCL tournaments and boasts nine league titles. The manager of San Francisco F.C. is Gary Stempel, former coach of the Panamanian National Team.Close
A club that was established in 2007, Santa Tecla FC had never qualified for the SCCL until this year, when it won the organization’s first league title. The team plays home matches at Estadio Las Delicias in Santa Tecla, El Salvador, and is coached by Argentine Osvaldo Escudero.Close
The 2014 MLS Supporters’ Shield and Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup champion, Sounders FC has qualified for four editions of the SCCL. Sigi Schmid’s club has made the MLS Cup Playoffs every year of its MLS existence and has won four Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cups titles since joining the league in 2009.Close
Tigres U.A.N.L is participating in the SCCL for the second time in club history. The side has six league titles since 1960, and is located in Nuevo León, Mexico. Tigres is coached by Ricardo Ferretti.Close
Seattle’s Cascadia rival is making its first-ever appearance in the SCCL. Whitecaps FC qualified for the tournament by finishing the 2014 regular season as the highest-ranked Canadian side in the MLS table. With 50 points (12-8-14) and a fifth-place Western Conference finish, Vancouver ended the season ahead of Toronto FC (11-15-8, 41 points) and the Montreal Impact (6-18-10, 34 points).Close
Located in the small town of Benque Viejo del Carmen, Belize, Verdes FC is playing in its second SCCL. Led by coach Walter Salazar, the club will host opponents at Marshalleck Stadium, which has a capacity of 2,000.Close
This will be the fourth SCCL appearance for W Connection FC, a club based in Marabella, Trinidad and Tobago. The organization has five league titles since its establishment in 1999, and is coached by Stuart Charles-Fevrier.Close