2024 Concacaf Champions Cup Preview: FC Cincinnati, Nashville SC headline debutants

Goodbye Concacaf Champions League. Hello Concacaf Champions Cup!

The 2024 Concacaf Champions Cup (CCC) has been expanded from the previous 16 teams to feature 27 clubs from throughout North America, Central America, and the Caribbean in a five-round knockout tournament to be played from February to June. All ties will be decided across two legs, home and away, except for the single-leg Final on June 2nd.

As a result of the expanded structure, Major League Soccer qualified 10 entrants in this year’s competition. In theory, due to increasing from 25% of participants to 37%, MLS has its best statistical chance ever to lift the CCC trophy. 

Beginning with the Round of 32, SBI has you covered with a preview of where every MLS team stands heading into the Concacaf Champions Cup:

Deportivo Saprissa vs. Philadelphia Union

Leg 1 – Tuesday, February 20, 10 p.m. ET

The Philadelphia Union have been one of the winningest teams in MLS over the last half-decade but haven’t seen their success translate into trophies as often as they’d like. The 2024 Concacaf Champions Cup represents an opportunity to put to bed the ghosts of the 2022 MLS Cup and 2023 Leagues Cup late-stage losses. In truth, confidence in the squad’s chances should ooze out of the Union as they begin their 2024 campaign following a semifinal appearance in this competition last season.

Last year also saw the Union finish fourth in the Eastern Conference before falling in the Eastern Conference semifinals of the MLS Cup Playoffs. It was a respectable season for the Union but not a remarkable one. Crucially, Kai Wagner and Alejandro Bedoya both returned to the club as free agents and will be key pieces in the Union’s CCC run.

Their opponents, Deportivo Saprissa, won the Costa Rican Primera Division’s Apertura season and currently sit second in the Clasura after six matches. With the likes of Luis Diaz, Ulises Segura, and Joseph Mora on Saprissa’s payroll, MLS…


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Author : Justin Ruderman

Publish date : 2024-02-07 14:00:00

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