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2020 SCL Draw: Former champions reign in Pots 3 and 4
As 2019 Apertura champions in Honduras, Olimpia have earned a third berth in the SCL and nobody would bet against the Catrachos from making another deep run to qualify for a record 12th SCCL.
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MIAMI, Florida – On Monday, September 21, Concacaf will conduct the Draw for the 2020 Scotiabank Concacaf League, which will be the fourth edition of the tournament for clubs in the Central American and Caribbean regions.

The 2020 SCL marks the second year in which the tournament will include a Preliminary Round, with 12 teams scheduled to compete in hopes of advancing to the Round of 16.

The Draw will see eight teams from Pot 3 square off against eight teams from Pot 4 in the Round of 16, with six of the eight teams from Pot 4 representing the winners of the six Preliminary Round match-ups.

Here is a breakdown of the teams in Pots 3 and 4.

Pot 3

Tauro FC (PAN1) – Tauro are appearing in the SCL for the third straight season after qualifying as the 2019 Apertura champions of Panamanian football. The Canalero club made a memorable run to the semifinals in their first SCL appearance in 2018 before narrowly losing to Honduran club Motagua and then were edged by Alianza of El Salvador in last season’s Round of 16. The bright lights of Concacaf competition are nothing new to Tauro, who also boast six appearances in the Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League.

CD Olimpia (HON1) – Olimpia hold the distinction of being the first ever champion in SCL history, as they defeated Costa Rica’s Santos de Guapiles in the Final to win the inaugural edition of the tournament. As 2019 Apertura champions in Honduras, Olimpia have earned a third berth in the SCL and nobody would bet against the Catrachos from making another deep run to qualify for a record 12th SCCL.

San Francisco FC (PAN2) – San Francisco will be making their second appearance in the SCL after competing in last season’s edition in which they were eliminated by Alianza. A five-time participant in the SCCL, San Francisco qualified for the 2020 SCL as the non-champion with the best aggregate record for the 2019-20 season in Panamanian football.

CD Marathon (HON2) – After making their SCL debut in the 2019 edition, Marathon will be seeking a deep run in the 2020 tournament in hopes of reaching a sixth SCCL. The club finished with the best aggregate record during the 2019-20 Honduran season among non-champions to earn their ticket to the 2020 SCL. A year ago, Marathon were eliminated in the Preliminary Round 3-2 by Guatemalan side Comunicaciones.
 

Deportivo Saprissa (CRC1) – The reigning SCL champions will no doubt fancy their chances of defending their title in 2020 after qualifying by virtue of being the 2020 Costa Rican Clausura champions with the best aggregate record in 2019-20 among champions in Costa Rican football. This year marks Saprissa’s second appearance in the SCL and no doubt that the three-time Concacaf champions have set their sights on a ninth SCCL appearance.

CS Herediano (CRC2) – The Tico club arrive into their third SCL looking to prove a point. After claiming the 2018 SCL title in thrilling fashion, 3-2 in the Final over Motagua, Herediano were eliminated in last season’s Round of 16 by Jamaican club Waterhouse. The 2019 Apertura champions in Costa Rica with the second-best record among champions clubs during the 2019-20 season would love nothing more than to punch an SCCL ticket for the 10th time and win a second SCL crown.

Alianza FC (SLV1) – There is no shortage of drama when it comes to Alianza in Concacaf competition, as evidenced by their razor-thin eliminations in the 2019 and 2020 SCCL Round of 16 to Monterrey and Tigres, respectively. The Salvadoran club are participating in their third SCL by virtue of winning the 2019 Apertura title in El Salvador and have a semifinal finish under their belts in 2019. 

Waterhouse FC (CCC2) – The Jamaican outfit return to the SCL for the second straight season after their impressive quarterfinal finish in 2019 when they eliminated 2018 SCL champions Herediano in the Round of 16. Waterhouse qualified for the 2020 SCL as the second-ranked team following the Group Stage of the 2020 Concacaf Caribbean Club Championship and will be aiming for their first SCCL berth since 2014-15.

Pot 4

CSD Municipal (GUA1) – Municipal are one of five clubs making their SCL debut after winning the 2019 Apertura in Guatemalan football. However, the pressure of Concacaf competition is very familiar to Municipal, with six previous appearances in the SCCL. Municipal are also the fourth different team from Guatemala to qualify for the SCL.

Real Esteli (NCA1) – The Nicaraguan club are appearing in their third SCL after winning both the 2019 Apertura and 2020 Clausura in Nicaraguan football. The Pinoleros produced their best SCL finish in 2017 in the Round of 16 and will be aiming for a seventh SCCL berth and first since 2016-17.
 

 
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