The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) conducted the official draw for the newly re-formatted Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League.
FC Dallas was paired with Panamanian side Tauro FC, sparking a rematch of their meeting in the 2011 CCL group stage.
FCD will open the 2018 tournament in Panama for Leg One of the Round of 16 between Feb. 20-22, 2018 before returning home for the decisive Leg Two between Feb. 27-March 1, 2018.
The #SCCL2018 Round of 16 Match-Ups have been drawn - Don’t miss the 10th season kicking off in February 2018!— THE CHAMPIONS (@TheChampions) December 19, 2017
La ronda de octavos de final de la Liga de Campeones CONCACAF Scotiabank quedó definida. No se pierda la acción de la décima edición que comenzará en Febrero del 2018! pic.twitter.com/bUd0PnrHR2
Should FC Dallas advance to the semifinals, they’ll get the winner of the Club America/Deportivo Saprissa matchup.
Tauro FC punched their ticket into the tournament by capturing the 2017 Panamanian Clausura season. Los Toros de Pedregal last appeared in the 2014-15 CCL tournament, where they lost all four of their group stage matches. The 2018 edition marks the club’s sixth appearance overall.
For the Round of 16, clubs that were drawn from Pot 1 will play away first and host the return legs. The winners of matchups number 1, 3, 5 and 7, will host the second leg of the quarterfinals and will face the winners of matchups 2, 4, 6 and 8, respectively.
For the semifinals, the initial bracket will determine the matchups. Additionally, clubs will be ranked per their performance in the Round of 16 and the quarterfinals, using the competition’s tie-breaking procedure. The highest-ranked club in each semifinal matchup will host the second leg matches. The same aggregate performance procedure will be applied to determine who will host the final, second leg. Detailed information can be found in the 2018 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League Regulations.
What do you all make of the draw? Happy to see what FCD got?