- Top team in each group advances to quarterfinals.
- Tiebreakers come into effect at the end of the group stage and are as follows: head-to-head record between teams involved (factoring in goal differential and away goals in the two teams' encounters), followed by goal differential, followed by goals scored away from home.
CONCACAF unveiled Monday the group-phase schedule for the 2015-16 Champions League tournament, which kicks off later this summer.
The first matchday will be played on Aug. 4 and group play wraps up on Oct. 22. Only the winners of the eight groups will advance, leading to the elimination of 16 of the 24 participating teams in the group stage.
The quarterfinals, semifinals and final will be played in spring 2015.
Champions League: Despite favorable draw, LA Galaxy's Bruce Arena says "none of these games are easy"
CARSON, Calif. – Bruce Arena acknowledges that he doesn't “know anything about those teams” the LA Galaxy were assigned to play this summer and fall in the CONCACAF Champions League, but he's happy, for the most part, with how things played out at the group-stage draw Monday night in Miami Beach.
TUKWILA, Wash. – Seattle Sounders general manager Garth Lagerwey has made clear that simply qualifying for the CONCACAF Champions League isn’t good enough. He wants to win the whole thing.
After Monday’s draw, the Sounders know the opponents they will face through in the group stage to achieve that goal, and they will have their work cut out for them.
WASHINGTON – Along with the four other MLS teams participating in the competition, D.C. United learned their draw for the upcoming 2015-2016 CONCACAF Champions League on Monday.
Commentary: It's never easy, but MLS teams may be better equipped than ever for Champions League group stage
It always looks manageable on paper.
Given the resources and talent at the disposal of MLS and Liga MX teams in the CONCACAF Champions League, getting four teams from each league into the knockout round seems like it would be a cinch.
But it never quite works out that way.
In the three tournaments since the format switched to three-team groups, neither of North America’s top two leagues have been able to send the maximum number of teams to the last eight of the tournament.
Five MLS teams learned their path in the 2015-16 version of the CONCACAF Champions League last night as the draw for the group stage of the tournament took place in Miami.
In a little more than two months, the Vancouver Whitecaps will embark on a new adventure when they compete in their first-ever CONCACAF Champions League campaign.
It may be a new experience for the Canadian side, but they’ll be making the journey with a familiar foe.
Get ready for some Cascadia action in the 2015-16 CONCACAF Champions League.