FRISCO – The draw for the newly re-formatted 2018 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions league will take place on Monday, December 18, at 6PM CT, CONCACAF announced Wednesday morning.
FC Dallas will be among the the tournament's participants featuring as one of the representatives from eight CONCACAF Member Associations.
The sixteen clubs qualified for next year’s Champions League are (in alphabetical order by country): Toronto FC (CAN), CS Herediano (CRC), Deportivo Saprissa (CRC), Cibao FC (DOM), Santa Tecla FC (SLV), CD Olimpia (HON), FC 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).
The draw will sort the sixteen qualified clubs into pairings of eight for the group stage of the tournament, which will take place in February.
The draw will consist of four pots. Normally, pots are used to determine the pairing of clubs prior to tournaments. For the Champions League, there will be two pots containing eight of the 16 qualified teams in each and will be used to construct group A and group B for the first round. However, with the new format in place, there will be two additional pots, but instead of clubs, it will be used as a bracket to map out the 16 possible playing scenarios for the later stages of the tournament.
Based on the new CONCACAF Club Index, clubs are ranked based on the performance of the countries over the last five editions of the tournament. The clubs will be distributed as follows (in alphabetical order by country):
Pot 1: Toronto FC (CAN), CD Guadalajara (MEX), Club America (MEX), Tigres UANL (MEX), Club Tijuana (MEX), FC Dallas (USA), New York Red Bulls (USA) and Seattle Sounders FC (USA)
Pot 2: Deportivo Saprissa (CRC), CS Herediano (CRC*), Cibao FC (DOM), FC Motagua (HON), Club Deportivo Olimpia (HON), Tauro FC (PAN), Santa Tecla FC (SLV) and Colorado Rapids (USA)
FC Dallas will learn its fate on December 18, as each group stage pairing will feature one team from each pot. Moreover, clubs from the same Member Association cannot face each other in the first round.
Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League 2018 Match Date Windows
Round of 16: February 20-22 and February 27- March 1, 2018
Quarterfinals: March 6-8 and March 13-15, 2018
Semifinals: April 3-5 and April 10-12, 2018
Finals: April 17-19 and April 24-26, 2018