What Is the CONCACAF Champions League? And a Look at the Quarterfinals Bracket

Posted By High Press 10 on March 6, 2019 - Last Updated on March 12, 2019

The 2019 CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinals start Tuesday, March 5th and conclude Wednesday, March 13th. It’s a two-leg, aggregate round.

What is the CONCACAF Champions League?

For those unfamiliar, think of the CONCACAF Champions League as literally the exact same thing as the UEFA Champions League, except only with teams from the Americas (North, Central, Caribbean). These are clubs from countries in the same region that the USMNT would play against for World Cup qualification.

Who Qualifies for the CONCACAF Champions League?

It’s a fairly similar set-up as the UEFA Champions League, except on a smaller scale. With CONCACAF, 16 teams participate: nine teams from North American (four from MLS, four from Liga MX, and one from Canada), at least five teams from Central American (consisting of champions from Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala, Panama, and El Salvador), and at least one team from the Caribbean.

Historically, in the modern era (since 2008), Mexico has dominated the CONCACAF Champions League. By dominated, we mean a Liga MX team has literally one every single championship since 2008.

The United States has only produced one finalist in the modern era (Real Salt Lake in 2010-11) and the MLS has produced three total finalists (the aforementioned Real Salt Lake, Montreal Impact, and Toronto FC).

2019 CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinals Match-Ups

The quarterfinal match-ups are home at home, two leg series, just like the UEFA Champions League. The MLS placed all four of their teams in to the quarterfinals.

Tuesday, March 5th:

  • New York Red Bulls (MLS) vs. Santos Lagunas (Liga MX)
  • Houston Dynamo (MLS) vs.  Tigres UANL (Liga MX)

Wednesday, March 6th:

  • Club Atlético Independiente (Panama) vs. Sporting KC (MLS)
  • CF Monterrey (Liga MX) vs. Atlanta United (MLS)

Tuesday, March 12th:

  • Santos Lagunas (Liga MX) vs. New York Red Bulls (MLS)
  • Tigres UANL (Liga MX) vs. Houston Dynamo (MLS)

Wednesday, March 13th:

  • Sporting KC (MLS) vs. Club Atlético Independiente (Panama)
  • Atlanta United (MLS) vs. CF Monterrey (Liga MX)
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