New England Revolution reach CCL quarterfinals after Haiti's Cavaly AS withdraws

UPDATE (Feb. 15) – The New England Revolution have booked an automatic ticket to the 2022 Concacaf Champions League quarterfinals after their Round of 16 opponent, Haiti's Cavaly AS, has withdrawn from the competition, the governing body announced Tuesday.

Cavaly couldn't obtain the necessary visas required to travel to the United States for both legs of the opening-round series, which were set to be played at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts across Feb. 18-22.

As a result, New England will face the winner of the Pumas UNAM (Mexico) vs. Deportivo Saprissa (Costa Rica) Round of 16 matchup in the quarterfinals, which are scheduled for March 8-17.

The Revolution, MLS Supporters' Shield winners in 2021, now turn towards their regular-season opener Feb. 26 at the Portland Timbers.

ORIGINAL (Feb. 13) – Concacaf has postponed Leg 1 of the New England Revolution’s Concacaf Champions League Round of 16 series against Cavaly AS to Friday, Feb. 18 at 5:30 pm ET, the governing body announced Sunday.

The decision comes amid challenges the Haitian club is facing in their attempts to obtain the necessary visas to travel. The game was originally scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 15 at 6 pm ET.

Leg 1 is still slated to be played at Gillette Stadium, though MLS’ four other participants will be competing on the road. That move was previously announced by Concacaf due to the “safety and security situation in Haiti.”

The shift creates a quick turnaround for Leg 2 of this CCL series, with New England again hosting Cavaly AS on Tuesday, Feb. 22 at 6 pm ET.

The Revolution, 2021 Supporters’ Shield winners after a record-setting regular season (73 points), open their 2022 MLS slate at the Portland Timbers as part of MLS is Back weekend. That match, with cross-country travel, is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 26 at 7:30 pm ET at Providence Park.

New England are competing in their first CCL since the modern iteration’s inaugural 2008-09 edition. They return stars like goalkeeper Matt Turner, midfielder Carles Gil and forwards Adam Buksa and Gustavo Bou.