MIAMI – The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) conducted the draw for the 2015/16 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League (SCCL) at the New World Symphony Center on Miami Beach on June 1st , sorting the 24 participating clubs into eight groups of three for the eighth edition of the continental championship in its current format.
Reigning Champion Club America of Mexico, which captured their sixth CONCACAF Club title in April by defeating Montreal Impact of Canada, headlines Group E.
Finalists in 2011, Real Salt Lake open their third appearance in the CCL in Group G.
Winners of Mexico’s Clausura competition Santos Laguna, was drawn in Group A.
Caribbean Football Union Club Champions Central FC of Trinidad and Tobago headline Group D
CS Herediano, champion of the Costa Rican Summer Tournament and a semi-finalist in the 2014/15 edition of the Champions League, will compete in Group B.
The groups will be contested on a round-robin, home-and-away, four-game format, running August – October. Only the eight first-place teams will progress to the quarterfinals, which will kick-off in early 2016.
The full schedule for the group stage will be announced in the coming weeks.
The groups for the 2015/16 CONCACAF Champions League, in order of position drawn, are as follows:
Group A: W Connection (Trinidad & Tobago), Deportivo Saprissa (Costa Rica), Santos Laguna (Mexico)
Group B: Isidro Metapán (El Salvador), CS Herediano (Costa Rica), Tigres (Mexico)
Group C: Verdes FC (Belize), San Francisco FC (Panama), Queretaro FC (Mexico)
Group D: Central FC (Trinidad & Tobago), CSD Comunicaciones (Guatemala), LA Galaxy (USA)
Group E: CD Walter Ferretti (Nicaragua), CD Motagua (Honduras), Club America (Mexico)
Group F: Vancouver Whitecaps FC (Canada), CD Olimpia (Honduras), Seattle Sounders FC (USA)
Group G: Santa Tecla FC (El Salvador), CSD Municipal (Guatemala), Real Salt Lake (USA)
Group H: Montego Bay United (Jamaica), Arabe Unido (Panama), D.C. United (USA