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CONCACAF unveils CCL group stage schedule, kicks off Aug. 4
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"
CCL: Despite solid draw, 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.
CCL: Sounders lament drawing rival Whitecaps: "We see those guys enough"
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.
Ben Olsen reacts to CCL draw: "Maybe I'll renew my vows" | SIDELINE
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
Commentary: MLS clubs are better equipped than ever to face CCL 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.
CCL: Why Monday night's draw was good for MLS teams
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.