- Motagua will be making their third appearance in the SCL thanks to owning the second-best aggregate record among non-champion clubs in Honduran football.
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 six teams from Pot 1 drawn into the Preliminary Round against six teams from Pot 2, with the winners of those Preliminary Round match-ups representing six of the eight teams from Pot 4.
Here is a breakdown of the teams in Pot 1.
Arcahaie FC (CCC3) – Arcahaie become just the second Haitian club to ever participate in the SCL, following in the footsteps of AS Capoise, who played in the 2019 tournament. Arcahaie qualified for the 2020 SCL by virtue of being the third-ranked team in the 2020 Concacaf Caribbean Club Championship Group Stage, with a 1W-0D-1L record, including a 1-0 win over Jamaica’s Portmore United.
LD Alajuelense (CRC3) – The Costa Rican club will be appearing in their second SCL as the non-champion with the best aggregate record in Costa Rican football. Alajuelense’s first appearance came in the inaugural edition in 2017 when they were paired with Honduran giants and eventual 2017 SCL champions Olimpia, losing 3-0 on aggregate. Despite this being only the second SCL appearance for Alajuelense, the club has a rich history in Concacaf club competition with five participations in the Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League, including back-to-back semifinal finishes in 2013-14 and 2014-15.
Motagua FC (HON3) – No team has played in more SCL matches than Motagua. The Honduran club has taken the field 16 different times in the SCL and twice finished as runners-up, narrowly losing the 2018 Final to Costa Rica’s Herediano 3-2 and the 2019 Final to Deportivo Saprissa of Costa Rica, 1-0. The Catracho club boast an impressive overall record of 9W-4D-3L in the SCL, while outscoring opponents 22-11. Motagua will be making their third appearance in the SCL thanks to owning the second-best aggregate record among non-champion clubs in Honduran football.
CA Independiente (PAN3) – Club Atletico Independiente will be participating in their second SCL after having reached the quarterfinals of the 2019 edition. The Canalero club edged Robinhood of Suriname 3-2 in the Round of 16 before falling in a thrilling series to eventual champions Saprissa 4-2. Independiente have also made a name for themselves of late in SCCL play, memorably eliminating 2018 SCCL Finalist Toronto FC in the 2019 SCCL Round of 16, 5-1 on aggregate. Independiente qualified for the 2020 SCL thanks to having the second-best aggregate record among non-champions in Panamanian football.
CD FAS (SLV2) – CD FAS of El Salvador are back in the SCL as the non-champion with the best aggregate record in El Salvador. The Cuscatleco outfit is no stranger to the SCL after appearing in the 2018 tournament and producing one of the most dramatic wins in SCL history with a goal in the 90+5’ of the second leg of their Round of 16 series with Costa Rican club Perez Zeledon to advance, 3-2. Previously a Concacaf champion in 1979, CD FAS have also appeared in three editions of the SCCL.
CD Municipal Limeno (SLV3) – One of five clubs making their SCL debut, Municipal Limeno qualified for the 2020 edition by virtue of having the second-best aggregate record in 2019-20 Salvadoran football. Municipal Limeno are the fifth different team from El Salvador to compete in the SCL.