The CONCACAF Champions League draw was held on Thursday to determine Preliminary Round pairings as well as Group Stage pairings. The New York Red Bulls will face Trinidadian squad W Connection while D.C. United will take on El Salvador outfit Chalatenango in the preliminary round, which kicks off in late July.
If the Red Bulls win their preliminary round series, they will then play in a group including UNAM Pumas, the winner between Guatamalan clubs Communicaciones and Municipal, and the winner of Liberia (Costa Rica) and Real Espana (Honduras).
If D.C. United wins its preliminary round series, it will face a group including Toluca, Marathon and the winner of San Juan Jabloteh's preliminary round series vs. Panama's qualifier.
Another one of the more intriguing match-ups in the preliminary round will pit the USL-1 Puerto Rico Islanders vs. the Canadian Champions League qualifier (either Toronto FC or the Vancouver Whitecaps).
Here is the full draw:
Arabe Unido-San Francisco (PAN) vs. San Juan Jabloteh (TRI)
Pachuca (MEX) vs. Comunicaciones-Jalapa (GUA)
New York Red Bulls (USA) vs. W Connection (TRI)
Olimpia (HON) vs. Arabe Unido/Chorrillo (PAN)
Cruz Azul (MEX) vs. Herediano (CRC)
D.C. United (USA) vs. Chalatenango (SLV)
Liberia (CRC) vs. Real Espana (HON)
Vancouver Whitecaps/Toronto FC (CAN) vs. Puerto Rico Islanders (PUR)
Houston Dynamo (USA), Metepan (SLV), Pachuca (MEX)-Guatemala No. 2 ( Comunicaciones or Jalapa), Olimpia-Panama No. 2 (Arabe Unido or Chorrillo)
Toluca (MEX), Marathon (HON), D.C. United- (USA)-Chalatenango (SLV) winner, San Juan Jabloteh (TRI)-Panama No. 1 (Arabe Unido or San Francisco FC)
Columbus Crew (USA), Saprissa (CRC), Cruz Azul (MEX)-Herediano (CRC) winner, Canada No. 1 (Toronto FC or Vancouver Whitecaps)-Puerto Rico Islanders winner.
Pumas UNAM (MEX), Comunicaciones/Municipal (GUA), New York Red Bulls (USA)-W Connection (TRI) winner, Liberia (CRC)-Real Espana (HON)
What do you think of the draw? Excited to potentially see another Dynamo-Pachuca showdown? How about the possibility of a Columbus Crew/Toronto FC group match-up? Have some hope that the Red Bulls can make a run? Like D.C. United's chances of advancing?
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