Harbour View, Dunbeholden in Group B of Concacaf Caribbean Cup
MIAMI, Florida (CMC):
Two Jamaican clubs, Harbour View, the two-time former Caribbean club champions, and emerging side Dunbeholden FC, will tackle Cibao FC and CA Pantoja out of the Dominican Republic in Group B of the group stage of the Concacaf Caribbean Cup, starting in August.
The winners of the Caribbean Club Shield will also be placed in Group B.
Defence Force, former champions of Concacaf Champions Cup, and AC Port of Spain of Trinidad and Tobago have been drawn in Group A with Cavalier of Jamaica, Moca FC of the Dominican Republic, and the runners-up of the Caribbean Club Shield tournament to be played from August 3 to 13 in St Kitts.
This follows the official draw for the 10-club tournament on Thursday at Concacaf headquarters in the United States.
The Caribbean Cup will kick off with group stage play, followed by a home-and-away direct elimination knockout stage. After round-robin play, where each club plays every other club in their group once, two matches at home and two matches away, the first and second-place finishers advance to the knockout stage.
The knockout stage comprises home and away semifinals, third place, and final.
At the end of the Caribbean Cup, the champions qualify for the Concacaf Champions Cup Round of 16, while the runners-up and third-place finishers will play in the first round.
Concacaf will announce the match schedule for the Caribbean Cup at a later date, but they indicated the first two rounds will be played between August 22 to 24 and August 29 to 31; the third and fourth rounds will be played between September 19 to 21 and September 26 to 28; and the final group matches will be play between October 3 to 5.
The first-leg matches in the semifinals have been earmarked for October 24 to 26, and the second-leg matches between October 31 to November 2.
The first-leg matches in the final and third-place playoff will be contested from November 28 to 30, and the second legs from December 5 to 7.
Concacaf officials attending the draw indicated that the Caribbean Cup forms part of the confederation’s new men’s club ecosystem, which also includes regional cups in North America and Central America, all leading to a revamped 27-club Concacaf Champions Cup, which replaces the Concacaf Champions League.