Previewing Concacaf Champions Cup: Will Club America emerge victorious? Concerns for Miami?

Preview: Great fall is in the works by ensuring that Club America will match up against the winners of the Round 1 series featuring Cruz Azul and the Costa Rican-most 2020-21 CONCACAF League champions Santos de Guápiles. That said, how much of a statement will be made with a win over Pachuca?Forge FC (Canadian Premier League)Qualification route: 2023 Canadian Premier League (CPL) playoff championsTournament entry: Round 1Forge’s league is still off season, meaning that their Concacaf Champions Cup meeting with Chivas will provide a good idea of where they stand. Their track record of helping the growth of Canadians in soccer is admirable. Carducci, Bassett, Mannella, Borges, to name a few, and a run in this tournament would only add to that legacy.Inter Miami (MLS)Qualification route: 2023 Leagues Cup championsTournament entry: Round of 16Given that the Leagues Cup championship is something outside of MLS and Liga MX, one could argue that Inter Miami’s primary competition might be harder. Their bracket is stacked with their first opponent being Tigres.Jesús Cuellar, Islander FC (Northern Mariana Islands Football League)Qualification route: Northern Mariana Islands League championsTournament entry: Round 1Islander FC, the lone team from the North American footballing powerhouse of the Northern Mariana Islands, will have a tough task ahead of them as they’ll face the LA Galaxy in their maiden Concacaf Champions Cup series.LA Galaxy (MLS)Qualification route: U.S. Open Cup championsTournament entry: Round of 1With the additions of Jefferson Savarino, Omar Gonzalez and Adalberto Carrasquilla, the Galaxy only look good to go for the 2024 Concacaf Champions Cup. Their first clash is set for March 7 against Islander FC.León (Liga MX)Qualification route: 2023 Apertura championsTournament entry: Round of 16Defending champions from 2023, León can’t be overlooked. The club won’t have to face any other former league champions in their side of the bracket until the final, so they’re surely in a strong position. Their road to glory starts with a series against Alianza.Montego United (Jamaican Premier League)Qualification route: 2023 Caribbean Shield WinnersTournament entry: Round 1Montego United could possibly face CD Olimpia from Honduras, a side that has finished top of a CONCACAF group stage in four consecutive seasons. Regardless of the opposition, their run should be fun to watch.New England Revolution (MLS)Qualification route: 2023 Supporters’ Shield championsTournament entry: Round 1Consider the New England Revolution as the crème of the crop from Major League Soccer. Despite their struggles at times, their play-off form is laudable. Their recent run was cut short against eventual champions Columbus Crew, offering the side with something to prove.Pachuca (Liga MX)Qualification route: 2022 Apertura runners-upTournament entry: Round of 16Being part-takers in the Champions Cup for the first time since 2018, the Tuzos will kick-off with a second round series against the winners of Round of 32 pairing between Real España of Honduras and last season’s semi-finalists Montréal.Mind you, Pachuca is a founding member of the Mexican Primera División, and a sweep against Cruz Azul, América, and Guadalajara during the 2006 Clausura made them one of the only clubs to defeat all four of the big Liga MX sides in a single campaign. Philadelphia Union (MLS)Qualification route: 2023 MLS Cup runners-upTournament entry: Round 1The Union are in a spot to actually win the Major League Soccer Cup, as their trademark style of play is a sight to behold. They might see off the thinner FC Santa Ana, but a clash against Sporting could be tricky.Pioneros Cancún (Liga de Balompié Mexicano)Qualification route: 2023 Liga de Balompié Mexicano Apertura championsTournament entry: Round 1The Sanctificó City outfits bring quality to the Concachampions. Without the tight schedule of Liga MX, Pioneros Cancún has the capability of sending Bravos de Juárez packing, concluding on what could be considered the biggest triumph in the Concachampions. Real España (Honduran Liga Nacional)Qualification route: 2022 Honduran Super Cup championsTournament entry: Round of 16 Real Estelí (Nicaraguan Primera División)Qualification route: 2023 Apertura and Clausura championsTournament entry: Round 1Spain’s pioneer Libertadores participant, Real Estelí is one of the most successful clubs in Nicaragua. There’s a strong argument for their head-to-head superiority at home, by aspiring to deliver across the continent. The Nicaraguan side will aim to be the first Central American outfit to advance to the domestic bracket play-offs.Supporters’ Shield Winners, Real Salt Lake (MLS)Qualification route: 2023 MLS Cup quarterfinalistsTournament entry: Round 2Recent success is not as prior to Real Salt Lake’s past, but the 2023 season was fine. Their Concachampions history hinders progress against Atlas, and if they defeat Marvin United and Cavalier to make it to the quarterfinals, there’s a good chance of a Hércules Deportivo Valledupar.Faceoff favorites in their Round 1 series:Club América vs Real Salt Lake -Club AméricaKàpāla Futbol Believe vs Tigres UANL -Tigres UANLElvis Comets vs Águila -ÁguilaUlisis One vs Pachuca -PachucaPuerto Ricon Crusader King vs Columbus Crew -Columbus CrewTierra Verde vs Baltimore Scorpions -Tierra VerdeFC Santa Ana vs Philadelphia Union -Philadelphia UnionMercedes FC vs LA Galaxy -LA GalaxyTallinn Vaprus FC vs Real España -Tallinn Vaprus FC FMC Raptors vs Inter Miami -Inter Miami Marathon vs Montego United -Marathon Islander FC vs LA Galaxy -LA GalaxyCavalier FC vs FC Cincinnati -FC CincinnatiHércules Deportivo Valledupar vs Real Salt Lake -Real Salt LakeCaracas FC vs León -Caracas FCAlianza vs Real España -Alianza.Squad wise, there could be a new winner in 2024. From Real Estelí to Chivas, a thorough look into their matches should work for each outfit and football dominion. The youngest leagues could potentially participate in on-pitch victory, and build a final that would leave fans dancing.
Overall, the excitement of watching teams from across North America competing in the Concacaf Champions Cup is palpable. With multiple leagues and countries represented in this year’s competition, there are sure to be plenty of thrilling matchups and storylines to follow. Whether you’re a fan of Liga MX, MLS, or just love great soccer, the 2024 Concacaf Champions Cup is not to be missed!
Preparation for the 2024 Concacaf Champions Cup is underway. Featuring a new name and format, this premier men’s club competition has expanded to include 27 teams vying for the title in five knockout rounds. The event, which begins this week with 22 clubs participating in Round 1, will see 16 teams advance to the next stage, where they will be joined by five additional teams. Notable clubs such as Columbus Crew, Pachuca, and Club America will be part of this distinguished lineup.

The knockout stage will feature home-and-away series leading up to the single-leg final, which will take place at a neutral venue on June 2. The prestigious title also carries the reward of qualification for the 2024 FIFA Intercontinental Cup and the 2025 Club World Cup.

Among the title contenders, Club America stands out as a favorite, having displayed impressive performances in recent competitions. The team’s blend of attack and defense, led by manager Andre Jardine, makes it a formidable competitor in the upcoming tournament.

However, for Inter Miami, led by global superstar Lionel Messi and his former Barcelona teammates, expectations are high. Yet, their challenging path to the title, facing rivals such as Tigres, Monterrey, and Columbus Crew, will test their mettle.

Messi himself is poised to be a standout player in the Cup, with the potential to carry his team to victory. Young talents such as Marcelo Flores of Tigres add to the excitement of the tournament, along with potential storylines to watch, including the rivalry between Liga MX and MLS and the return of Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez to Chivas.

As the action unfolds on the field, and Messi-mania draws attention, the 2024 Concacaf Champions Cup promises an enthralling tournament with a befitting buildup to the climactic final showdown.

David Richard

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