|OFFICIAL NAME||Central FC (Trinidad & Tobago)|
|HEAD COACH||Dale Saunders|
|QUALIFICATION METHOD||4th place, 2017 Caribbean Club Championship|
|BEST FINISH||first-ever CONCACAF League appearance|
|PREVIOUS APPEARANCES||first-ever CONCACAF League appearance|
After playing in the last two editions of the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League (SCCL), Central FC will compete in the first-ever Scotiabank CONCACAF League.
In order to qualify, the Sharks finished fourth in the 2017 Caribbean Club Championship with an overall record of 1W-1D-1L (5GF, 4GA). Jason Marcano scored a team-best two goals in the competition, while Carlos Edwards, Nathaniel Garcia and Keston George added one each.
In eight all-time SCCL games, Central FC has posted a 1W-2D-5L (7GF, 17GA) record, with the lone win (1-0) coming against visiting Comunicaciones on September 17, 2015. Ataullah Guerra (61’) scored the game’s only goal in the second half.
Central FC has captured three Trinidad & Tobago league titles (2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17) and two Caribbean crowns (2015, 2016).
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Carlos Edwards, Defender: the 38-year-old played every minute of Trinidad & Tobago’s three games in the 2006 FIFA World Cup … currently competing in his fifth World Cup Qualifying cycle … has played in 44 career World Cup qualifiers, scoring three goals … enjoyed long club career in Europe, playing for Wrexham, Luton Town, Sunderland, Wolverhampton, Ipswich Town and Millwall … scored in Central FC’s 2017 Caribbean Club Championship 3-1 win over Antigua & Barbuda’s Grenades FC on May 14, 2017
Jason Marcano, Forward: the 33-year-old has played in four editions of the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League (2 with San Juan Jabloteh: 2009/10, 2010/11; 2 with Central FC: 2015/16, 2016/17) … scored team-best two goals in 2017 Caribbean Club Championship (1 v Grenades FC, 1 v Portmore United) … scored in 83rd minute of Central FC’s 3-0 win over DirecTV W Connection in 2016 Caribbean Club Championship final
Nathaniel Garcia, Midfielder: the 24-year-old has played in two editions of the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League (both with Central FC … 5 games/0 goals) … scored in Central FC’s 2017 Caribbean Club Championship 3-1 win over Antigua & Barbuda’s Grenades FC on May 14, 2017