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2009–10 CONCACAF Champions League

2009–10 CONCACAF Champions League
Tournament details
Dates July 28, 2009 – April 28, 2010
Teams 24 (from 10 associations)
Final positions
Champions Pachuca (4th title)
Runners-up Cruz Azul
Tournament statistics
Matches played 78
Goals scored 242 (3.1 per match)
Attendance 530,883 (6,806 per match)
Top scorer(s) Ulises Mendivil
(9 goals)

The 2009–10 CONCACAF Champions League was the second edition of the CONCACAF, the regional governing body of North America, Central America, and the Caribbean. The tournament began on July 28, 2009 and ran through April 28, 2010.[1] All four Mexican teams topped their groups and reached the semi-finals, with Pachuca winning the final against Cruz Azul with a 2-2 aggregate score, by the away goals rule. As winners, Pachuca qualified for the 2010 FIFA Club World Cup as the CONCACAF representative.[2]


24 teams participated in the 2009–10 CONCACAF Champions League from the North American, Central American, and Caribbean zones. Nine of the teams came from North America, twelve from Central America, and three from the Caribbean.[3] However, after problems in the previous year's tournament, CONCACAF decided that teams may be disqualified and replaced if they don't have a stadium for the tournament that CONCACAF deems suitable.[4]

  • Central America: 12 Central American clubs can qualify to the Champions League. If one or more clubs is precluded, it will be supplanted by a club from another Central American federation. The reallocation would be based on results from the 2008–09 CONCACAF Champions League.

Also, in response to fixture congestion during the previous year's tournament, the Central American representatives that qualify via split seasons will no longer play-off solely to determine which team will gain entry into the Group Stage. In nations that regularly play a playoff to determine a national champion, these will continue as usual. For those that don't, total points over both seasons, followed by other tiebreakers, will determine which team enters the Group Stage without playing extra matches.[5]

Reallocation of bids

It was announced on May 12, 2009 that Belize had lost their lone qualification to Honduras due to the inability of the Belize federation to meet CONCACAF's minimum requirements in regards to stadium facilities.[6] The spot vacated by Belize was awarded to Honduras, increasing their total to three qualified clubs, due to their association's teams' superior performance in the 2008–09 Champions League.

A second bid was reallocated on June 9 when it was determined that Real Estelí of Nicaragua did not have a suitable venue to host a CONCACAF club match.[7] The Nicaraguan bid was initially intended to be given to a third team from Panama, but Panama only had one stadium pass inspection, which under CONCACAF rules, meant that only two Panamanian clubs could host matches. Thus, the bid was awarded to a third team from Costa Rica, Herediano, the highest non-champion from the combined 2008 Invierno and 2009 Verano seasons. Initially, there was a tie between Costa Rica, El Salvador, and Guatemala, based upon the results of the 2008–09 Champions League, for the reallocated Nicaraguan bid. Therefore, CONCACAF officials drew on results from previous CONCACAF tournaments in order to break the tie, which proved Costa Rica to historically have the strongest representation.

On July 10, 2009 CONCACAF announced that Luís Ángel Firpo of El Salvador was invited to take the place of Chalatenango due to Chalatengo's failure to sign and return the required participation agreement.[8] Firpo was selected as the team with the second-best cumulative record among the runners-up in the El Salvadoran Apertura and Clausura championships.


Teams in bold qualify directly for the Group Stage.

Association Club Qualifying method
North America (9 teams)
4 berths
Toluca 2008 Apertura champion
UNAM 2009 Clausura champion
Cruz Azul 2008 Apertura runner-up
Pachuca 2009 Clausura runner-up
United States
4 berths
Columbus Crew 2008 MLS Cup and 2008 MLS Supporters' Shield winner
Houston Dynamo 2008 MLS Supporters' Shield runner-up1
New York Red Bulls 2008 MLS Cup runner-up
D.C. United 2008 U.S. Open Cup champion
1 berth
Toronto FC 2009 Canadian Championship winner
Central America (12 teams)
Costa Rica
3 berths
Saprissa 2008 Invierno champion
Liberia Mía 2009 Verano champion
Herediano 2009 Verano runner-up (runner-up with better aggregate record)2
3 berths
Marathón 2008 Apertura champion
Olimpia 2009 Clausura champion
Real España 2008 Apertura and 2009 Clausura runner-up3
2 berths
Comunicaciones 2008 Apertura champion
Jalapa 2009 Clausura champion
El Salvador
2 berths
Isidro Metapán 2008 Apertura and 2009 Clausura champion
Luis Ángel Firpo 2009 Clausura runner-up4
2 berths
Árabe Unido 2008 Clausura champion
San Francisco 2009 Apertura champion
Caribbean (3 teams)
Trinidad and Tobago W Connection 2009 CFU Club Championship champion
San Juan Jabloteh 2009 CFU Club Championship third place
Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Islanders 2009 CFU Club Championship runner-up

1 Columbus Crew were both the 2008 MLS Supporters' Shield and 2008 MLS Cup winner, so Houston Dynamo claimed the second USA berth in the group stage as the 2008 MLS Supporters' Shield runner-up.

2 Berth originally awarded to Nicaragua (Real Estelí), was rescinded after a failed stadium inspection by CONCACAF officials. The berth was awarded to Costa Rica.

3 Berth originally awarded to Belize (Belize Defence Force), but Belize failed the CONCACAF stadium requirements. The berth was awarded to Honduras.

4 Isidro Metapán won both the 2008 Apertura and 2009 Clausura. As a result, the second Salvadoran bid was awarded to the runner-up in the Apertura and Clausura tournaments with the better aggregate rcord, Chalatenango (2008 Apertura runner-up). When Chalatenango failed to file the required participation agreement, the runner-up with the second-best aggregate record was invited.


There will be a two-legged Preliminary Round for 16 clubs, with the eight winners advancing to the Group Stage. The other eight qualified teams will be seeded directly into the Group Stage. The clubs involved in the Group Stage will be placed into four groups of four with each team playing the others in its group in both home and away matches. The top two teams from each group will advance to the Championship Round, which will consist of two-legged ties. The Final Round, to be held in late April 2010, will also be two-legged. The away goals rule will be used, but will not apply once a tie enters extra time.[9]

Group Stage
Pot A Toluca UNAM Columbus Crew Houston Dynamo
Pot B Saprissa Marathón Comunicaciones Isidro Metapán
Preliminary Round
Pot A Cruz Azul Pachuca New York Red Bulls D.C. United
Liberia Mía Olimpia San Francisco Toronto FC
Pot B Real España Luis Ángel Firpo Jalapa Árabe Unido
Herediano W Connection Puerto Rico Islanders San Juan Jabloteh

Preliminary round

The draw for the Preliminary Round was held on June 11, 2009, at the CONCACAF headquarters in New York City.[10][11] The first legs of the Preliminary Round were played the week of July 28, 2009, while the second legs were played the week of August 4, 2009; this is a month earlier than the previous season.[1] The Preliminary Round schedule was announced on June 16, five days after the draw.[12]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
San Francisco 2–3 San Juan Jabloteh 2–0 0–3
Pachuca 10–1 Jalapa 3–0 7–1
W Connection 4–3 New York Red Bulls 2–2 2–1
Olimpia 2–2 (a) Árabe Unido 2–1 0–1
Herediano 2–6 Cruz Azul 2–6 0–0
D.C. United 2–2 (5–4 p) Luis Ángel Firpo 1–1 1–1 (aet)
Liberia Mía 3–6 Real España 3–0 0–6
Toronto FC 0–1 Puerto Rico Islanders 0–1 0–0

Group stage

The Group Stage was played in 6 rounds during August–October 2009. The rounds were August 18–20, August 25–27, September 15–17, September 22–24, September 29–October 1, and October 20–22.[13]

Group A

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Pachuca 6 5 0 1 15 4 +11 15
Árabe Unido 6 3 1 2 13 9 +4 10
Houston Dynamo 6 2 1 3 9 8 +1 7
Isidro Metapán 6 1 0 5 3 19 −16 3
Árabe Unido 1–1 6–0 4–1
Houston Dynamo 5–1 1–0 0–1
Isidro Metapán 0–1 3–2 0–4
Pachuca 2–0 2–0 5–0

Group B

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Toluca 6 4 1 1 15 4 +11 13
Marathón 6 4 0 2 12 14 −2 12
D.C. United 6 3 1 2 12 8 +4 10
San Juan Jabloteh 6 0 0 6 4 17 −13 0
D.C. United 3–0 5–1 1–3
Marathón 3–1 3–1 2–0
San Juan Jabloteh 0–1 2–4 0–1
Toluca 1–1 7–0 3–0

Group C

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Cruz Azul 6 5 1 0 16 4 +12 16
Columbus Crew 6 2 2 2 5 9 −4 8
Saprissa 6 1 2 3 6 8 −2 5
Puerto Rico Islanders 6 0 3 3 6 12 −6 3
Columbus Crew 0–2 2–0 1–1
Cruz Azul 5–0 2–0 2–0
P. R. Islanders 1–1 3–3 1–1
Saprissa 0–1 1–2 3–1

Group D

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
UNAM 6 4 1 1 15 6 +9 13
Comunicaciones 6 3 0 3 6 8 −2 9
W Connection 6 2 1 3 10 9 +1 7
Real España 6 2 0 4 6 14 −8 6
Comunicaciones 2–0 2–1 0–3
Real España 2–0 1–5 1–0
UNAM 1–0 4–0 2–1
W Connection 1–2 3–2 2–2

Championship Round

The championship round draw was conducted on November 17.[14]


  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
  Marathón 2 1 3  
  UNAM 0 6 6  
    UNAM 1 0 1  
    Cruz Azul 0 5 5  
  Árabe Unido 0 0 0
    Cruz Azul 1 3 4  
      Cruz Azul 2 0 2
    Pachuca (a) 1 1 2
    Columbus Crew 2 2 4  
  Toluca 2 3 5  
  Toluca 1 0 1
    Pachuca 1 1 2  
  Comunicaciones 1 1 2
    Pachuca 1 2 3  

Each of the Championship rounds will be played over two legs.[1]


The first legs of the Quarterfinals were played the week of March 9, 2010, while the second legs were played the week of March 16, 2010.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Comunicaciones 2–3 Pachuca 1–1 1–2
Columbus Crew 4–5 Toluca 2–2 2–3
Marathón 3–6 UNAM 2–0 1–6
Árabe Unido 0–4 Cruz Azul 0–1 0–3


The first legs of the Semifinals were played the week of March 30, 2010, while the second legs were played the week of April 6, 2010.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
UNAM 1–5 Cruz Azul 1–0 0–5
Toluca 1–2 Pachuca 1–1 0–1


The first leg of the Final was played on April 21, 2010, while the second leg was played on April 28, 2010.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Cruz Azul 2–2 (a) Pachuca 2–1 0–1
CONCACAF Champions League
2009–10 Champion
Fourth Title

Top goalscorers

Rank Name Club Goals
1 Ulises Mendivil Pachuca 9
2 Orlando Rodríguez Árabe Unido 7
3 Javier Orozco Cruz Azul 5
Jonathan Faña W Connection 5
Carlos Pavón Real España 5
Rolando Fonseca Comunicaciones 5
Pablo Zeballos Cruz Azul 5
Edgar Benítez Pachuca 5
9 Paúl Aguilar Pachuca 4
Douglas Caetano Real España 4
Christian Gómez D.C. United 4
Francisco Palencia UNAM 4


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