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CONCACAF Notebook: 2018 Fall Tournament Draw

Yesterday was the draw for the 2018 CONCACAF League.

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Last year saw the very first CONCACAF League begin play in August, and saw CD Olimpia (Honduras) win the tournament.

The CCL has been divided into two separate two-legged knockout tournaments. The (Fall Tournament ) CONCACAF League, which features only teams from Central America and the Carribean, and The (Spring Tournament) CONCACAF Champions League, which features four MLS teams, four Liga MX teams, the Caribean champions, six champions from other CONCACAF nations, and the winner of The (Fall Tournament) CONCACAF League.

Wednesday night, CONCACAF held the draw for The 2018 CONCACAF League:

The two Nicaraguan teams will be determined at the end of this month. Their playoffs have been delayed due to political unrest.

The series are numbered 1 thru 8, with the winners of the odd-numbered series, set to host the winners of the even- numbered series. It will look like this: 1 vs. 2, 3 vs. 4, 5 vs 6, and 7 vs. 8.

The semifinalists will be ranked based on their performance in the first two rounds. They will then play 1 vs. 4 and 2 vs. 3, with the highest advancing seed hosting the lower seed in the final series.

The winner of CONCACAF League will join the CONCACAF Champions League next Spring. FC Dallas can still qualify, as 11 teams have qualified for The CONCACAF Champions League, with five spots yet to be determined:

1. Sporting Kansas City [USA]

2. Tigres UANL [MEX]

3. CF Monterrey [MEX]

4. Alianza [SLV1]

5. Toluca FC [MEX]

6. Santos Laguna [MEX]

7. Atlético Pantoja (DOM) [CFU1]

8. Antigua GFC [GUA]

*9. Marathón [HON1]

10. CAI de la Chorrera [PAN1]

11. Deportivo Saprissa [CRC1]

Yet to qualify: Canadian champion, MLS Cup winner, MLS Shield winner, Lamar Hunt US Open Cup champion, CONCACAF League champion.

Guatemala will not partake in either tournament. Teams from Guatemala are barred from FIFA, due to failure to enact FIFA mandated reforms.