TFC Champions Cup: Galaxy and United will compete

The Los Angeles Galaxy and D.C. United will compete in the Football Confederation's Champions Cup Jan. 16-21 in Southern California, seeking berths in the 2001 FIFA Club World Championship. The 1999 MLS champion United and 2000 semifinalist Galaxy will compete in the regional tournament for teams from North America, Central America and the Caribbean. The top two teams qualify for the second FIFA Club World Championship (expanded to 12 teams) in Spain. The 2000 edition of eight-team FC tournament also includes two Mexican clubs, Pachuca (1999 Tortneo Invierno champion) and CD Toluca (2000 Torneo Verano champion). Three Central American and one Caribbean club will round out the field. The latter four clubs will be known when final preliminary qualifying concludes in November. Quarterfinal matches will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 16 and 17, with the semifinals set for Friday Jan. 19 and the final and third-place matches Jan. 21. The lone FC representative in the inaugural 1999 FIFA Club World Championship held Brazil was Necaxa of Mexico. It finished third ahead of storied clubs like Manchester United and Real Madrid. D.C. United won the 1998 CONCACAF Champions' Cup in Washington, D.C. That same year, DC United went on to beat Vasco Da Gama of Brazil to win the InterAmerican Cup, the top club competition for the Americas. In 1999, D.C. United fell to Necaxa in the FC Champions'Cup semifinals in Las Vegas and missed a chance to play Alajuelense of Costa Rica in the final for a berth to the FIFA tournament. Pending confirmation the 2001 FIFA Club World Championship list of participants will include 2000 European Champions League winner Real Madrid (Spain), runner-up Valencia (Spain), Spanish league champions Deportivo Coruna, Copa Libertadores champion Boca Juniors (Argentina) and runner-up Palmeiras (Brazil). The field will be rounded out by two teams from Asia and Africa and one from Oceania.
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