FC Dallas set to host Real Esteli and C.D. Suchitepequez in August and September
FRISCO, Texas (Tuesday, June 28, 2016) – Tickets are on sale now for Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League group stage matches at Toyota Stadium Aug. 4 and Sept. 28.
CONCACAF released the group stage schedule today, which has FC Dallas opening the tournament at home versus Real Esteli (Nicaragua) at 7 p.m., on Aug. 4. Guatemalan side C.D. Suchitepequez heads to Frisco on Sept. 28 to face FC Dallas at Toyota Stadium. Both matches kick off at 7 p.m. with tickets starting at $19. FC Dallas season ticket members can contact their respective service representatives for discounted prices.
The Dallas side will travel to Nicaragua on Aug. 24, and Guatemala on Oct. 20, completing the group stage home-and-away series.
After falling to Comunicaciones FC in the first leg of the Guatemalan championship, Suchitepéquez tallied a 3-0 win at home for its first championship in 30 years as the Torneo Clausura 2015-16 Champions. Real Estelí FC has made five previous appearances in CCL, qualifying for the prestigious tournament in each of the last four competition. The 2015-16 edition marks the club’s sixth overall appearance and fifth consecutive.
FC Dallas earned its berth after claiming the MLS regular-season Western Conference title in 2015. The Dallas side last competed in CCL back in 2011, making history early on in the tournament as the first MLS team to defeat a Liga MX side on Mexican soil with a win at Pumas. However, FC Dallas struggled late in the season under a heavy load of matches and failed to advance out of group play. The tournament’s format has since changed, moving to eight groups of three, rather than its previous four-team groups. Group play begins in August with each team playing the other teams in its group at home and away. The winner of each group advances to the quarterfinals to begin the knockout rounds. The knockout rounds, which will be held from March to May 2017, consist of two-leg home-and-away series with the winner advancing on aggregate goal differential. DC United is the only MLS club to ever have won the tournament, claiming the title in 1998.
The winner of the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League advances to the 2017 FIFA Club World Cup in United Arab Emirates. The tournament features the champions from each of the six continental confederations (UEFA, CONMEBOL, CAF, AFC, OFC and CONCACAF), as well as the national league champion from the host country. Qualifying is still in progress for the 2016 tournament, however, Real Madrid (UEFA), América (CONCACAF) and Auckland City (OFC) have already punched their respective tickets. The 2016 FIFA Club World Cup is slated for Japan in December.
To purchase tickets to the two CCL matches at Toyota Stadium, visit FCDallas.com/CCL or call 888.FCD.GOAL (323.4625). For information on how to become a Season Ticket member, visit www.FCDallas.com, or call 888.FCD.GOAL (323.4625). Season ticket packages, including July 4 and multiple marquee matchups, are also available starting at less than $16 per match. For more information, e-mail email@example.com or visit www.fcdallas.com/memberships.