Costa Rica’s Santos de Guapiles and Honduras’ Olimpia Set to Battle for Scotiabank CONCACAF League Crown
Clubs qualified Thursday evening, to face off in high stakes home-and-away series in October
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Miami (Thursday, September 21, 2017) – The Scotiabank CONCACAF League, the newest addition to the club competitions platform of the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football, reached the final stage Thursday evening as the semifinals concluded with away-leg matches in Honduras and Costa Rica. The finals will feature clubs from Honduras and Costa Rica when action resumes with the first-leg final on October 19. 

Starring top veterans and emerging talent from Central America and the Caribbean, the Scotiabank CONCACAF League has roused the passions of fans across the region with thrilling matches throughout the months of August and September. Sixteen clubs began the quest for an international club competition title in front of their home crowds, in quick-fire knockout round format, witnessed by large numbers of passionate fans across the Caribbean and Central America.

Following tightly contested action across eight CONCACAF nations this month and last, the field is now down to just two ahead of October’s final home-and-away series. 

Following a convincing 7-1 victory in the away leg last week in Panama, Honduras’s CD Olimpia overcame CD Plaza Amador on aggregate, 8-2 and advanced to a CONCACAF final for first time since 2000. 

In the other pairing, AD Santos de Guapiles continued with its dominating performances and was able to best Deportivo Arabe Unido by 1-0 to become Costa Rica’s first team to reach a CONCACAF club final since 2008. This will also be Santos’ first-ever appearance in a CONCACAF final. 

By virtue of higher accumulated point total through the first three rounds of the competition, AD Santos de Guapiles (16 points, +8 difference) earned the advantage of hosting the decisive return leg final in Costa Rica. CD Olimpia (13 points, +10 points) will host the first leg match. 

Scotiabank CONCACAF League 2017 Final Matches Schedule
*ET (local time)

Thursday, October 19, 2017
22:00 (20:00) CD Olimpia v AD Santos de Guapiles – Estadio Metropolitano, San Pedro Sula, Honduras

Thursday, October 26, 2017
22:00 (20:00) AD Santos de Guapiles v CD Olimpia – Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica, San Jose, Costa Rica

In addition to raising the inaugural SCL trophy, the tournament champion earns a ticket to join 15 additional club qualifiers from across the region – including Canada, Mexico and the United States, in the revamped Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League.

The 2018 edition of the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League kicks off in February of next year, featuring the winner of the 2017 Scotiabank CONCACAF League and 15 more of the best clubs from the entire CONCACAF region, including the Caribbean and Central America, plus Mexico, the United States and Canada. The champion of that competition will represent the region in the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup.

The 15 clubs already quailed for the 2018 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League include Toronto FC (CAN), CS Herediano, (CRC), Deportivo Saprissa (CRC), Cibao FC (DOM), Santa Tecla FC (SLV), CD Motagua (HON), CD Guadalajara (MEX), Club America (MEX), Club Tijuana (MEX), Tigres UANL (MEX), Tauro FC (PAN), Colorado Rapids (USA), FC Dallas (USA), New York Red Bulls (USA) and Seattle Sounders FC (USA).