The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) unveiled today the dates and kickoff times for the Round of 16 matches of the 2018 Scotiabank CONCACAF League, the region’s newest club competition. The pairings for the Round of 16 of the second edition were sorted at the official draw in Miami on Wednesday, May 23, 2018.
First leg matches of the Round of 16 are scheduled to be played from July 31 – August 2, beginning on Tuesday night, with three matches in Central America – Deportivo Arabe Unido (PAN) vs Arnett Gardens (JAM), CD FAS (SLV) vs ADM Perez Zeledon (CRC) and FC Motagua (HON) vs Belmopan Bandits FC (BLZ).
The opening three games are the first to be played among the eight scheduled for the first week, as the Scotiabank CONCACAF League kicks off across eight countries in Central America and the Caribbean. On Wednesday, Club Franciscain (MTQ) will host CD Walter Ferretti (NCA), followed by Diriangen FC (NCA) vs Club Deportivo Universitario (PAN) and AD Santos de Guapiles (CRC) vs Portmore United FC (JAM).
The first leg games will be completed on Thursday night, with matches in Panama and Costa Rica, as Tauro FC (PAN) and CS Herediano (CRC) host Real España (HON) and Santa Tecla FC (SLV) respectively.
The second leg Round of 16 matches will be played the following week, August 7-9, beginning on Tuesday night with Club Deportivo Universitario (PAN) vs Diriangen FC (NCA), Belmopan Bandits FC (BLZ) vs FC Motagua (HON) and ADM Perez Zeledon (CRC) vs CD FAS (SLV).
Play will continue Wednesday night with CD Walter Ferretti (NCA) vs Club Franciscain (MTQ) and Santa Tecla FC (SLV) vs CS Herediano (CRC). The final three matches of the Round of 16, will see Deportivo Arabe Unido (PAN) at Arnett Gardens (JAM), AD Santos de Guapiles (CRC) at Portmore United FC (JAM) and Tauro FC (PAN) at Real España (HON).
The 2018 edition of the CONCACAF League will be the second to feature the recently developed, action-packed knockout style competition. The home-and-away format will demand the highest level of performance from the participating clubs from the first kickoff, resulting in a quickly evolving competition with quarterfinals matches in July and August, followed by the semifinals in September and the finals in October and November.
The 2018 Scotiabank CONCACAF League champion will earn a ticket to the 2019 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League, joining champion clubs that have qualified from across the region – including Canada, Mexico and the United States. In total, the expanded CONCACAF club competitions platform – including the 2018 Scotiabank CONCACAF League and the 2019 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League – will feature 31 clubs from across the Confederation.