The Road to Washington

A little more than a month after the conclusion of the '96 edition in Guatemala City, CONCACAF will crown its '97 Champions' Cup champion at the final four, which will be held at Washington's RFK Stadium Aug. 22-24. Defending MLS champion D.C. United and runner-up Los Angeles Galaxy are both entered in the tournament.

North America 1

D.C. United (USA) ù has bye directly into quarterfinals.

North America 2

Guadalajara (Mexico) ù has bye directly into quarterfinals.

North America 3

Schedule July 30 ù Los Angeles Galaxy (USA) vs. Santos (Mexico) in Los Angeles. winner advances to quarterfinals.

Central America 1

First Round, First Leg June 1 in Balboa Eurokickers (Panama) 4 Diriangen (Nicaragua) 2. First Round, Second Leg June 8 in Diriamba Diriangen (Nicaragua) 4 Eurokickers (Panama) 1 Diriangen wins 6-5 on aggregate. Second Round, First Leg May 3 in Cartago Cartago (Costa Rica) 5 Tauro (Panama) 0 June 22 in Diriamba Diriangen (Nicaragua) 3 Alajuela (Costa Rica) 2 Alajuela hosts Diriangen in the second leg July 9. Second Round, Second Leg May 11 in Tauro Tauro (Panama) 2 Cartago (Costa Rica) 4. Cartago wins 9-2 on aggregate. Schedule July 16 ù Cartago (Costa Rica) vs. Alajuela-Diriangen winner. winner advances to quarterfinals.

Central America 2

First Round, First Leg May 18 in Quetzaltenango Xelaju (Guatemala) 0 Real Verdes (Belize) 0. May 28 in Usulutan Luis Angel Firpo (El Salvador) 0 Olimpia (Honduras) 0. First Round, Second Leg June 1 in Cape Belize Real Verdes (Belize) 0 Xelaju (Guatemala) 2. Xelaju wins 2-0 on aggregate. June 8 in Tegucigalpa Olimpia (Honduras) 1 Luis Angel Firpo (El Salvador) 3 Luis Angel Firpo wins 3-1 on aggregate. Schedule July 13 ù Xelaju (Guatemala) vs. Luis Angel Firpo (El Salvador). July 16 ù Luis Angel Firpo (El Salvador) vs. Xelaju (Guatemala). winner of two-game series advances to quarterfinals.

Central America 3

First Round, First Leg May 7 in Santa Ana FAS (El Salvador) 1 Comunicaciones (Guatemala) 1 May 18 in Orange Walk Juventus (Belize) 0 Real Espana (Honduras) 1 First Round, Second Leg May 14 in Guatemala City Comunicaciones (Guatemala) 1 FAS (El Salvador) 1 Aggregate: 2-2; Comunicaciones wins 5-3 on penalty kicks. May 28 in San Pedro Sula Real Espana (Honduras) 1 Juventus (Belize) 4 Juventus wins 4-2 on aggregate. Second Round, First Leg June 22 in Orange Walk Juventus (Belize) 0 Comunicaciones (Guatemala) 3 Second Round, Second Leg June 28 in Guatemala City Comunicaciones (Guatemala) 5 Juventus (Belize) 2 Comunicaciones wins 8-2 on aggregate to advance to quarterfinals.

Caribbean

Group 1 Schedule July 16 ù L'Etoile Filante (Guadeloupe) vs. Notre Dame (Barbados), United Petrotrin (Trinidad & Tob.) vs. Omar Goal Sackers (Guyana). July 18 ù Omar Goal Sackers (Guyana) vs. Notre Dame (Barbados), L'Etoile Filante (Guadeloupe) vs. United Petrotrin (Trinidad & Tob.). July 20 ù Omar Goal Sackers (Guyana) vs. L'Etoile Filante (Guadeloupe), United Petrotrin (Trinidad & Tob.) vs. Notre Dame (Barbados). all games to be played in Pointe-a-Pierre, Trinidad. Group 2 Schedule July 23 ù Transvaal (Suriname) vs. Stubborn Youth (St. Vincent & Gren.), Club Franciscain (Martinique) vs. Ceba United (Jamaica). July 25 ù Club Franciscain (Martinique) vs. Transvaal (Suriname), Stubborn Youth (St. Vincent & Gren.) vs. Ceba United (Jamaica). July 27 ù Stubborn Youth (St. Vincent & Gren.) vs. Club Franciscain (Martinique), Ceba United (Jamaica) vs. Transvaal (Suriname). all games to be played in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Final Schedule Aug. 3 ù Pointe-à-Pierre winner vs. Montego Bay winner at site TBD. winner advances to quarterfinals.

'96 Champion

'96 Champions' Cup Final Four Schedule July 15 ù Necaxa (Mexico) vs. Cruz Azul (Mexico), Comunicaciones (Guatemala) vs. Seattle Sounders (USA). July 17 ù Seattle Sounders (USA) vs. Necaxa (Mexico), Comunicaciones (Guatemala) vs. Cruz Azul (Mexico). July 20 ù Cruz Azul (Mexico) vs. Seattle Sounders (USA), Necaxa (Mexico) vs. Comunicaciones (Guatemala). all games to be played in Guatemala City, Guatemala. champion advances to quarterfinals, or runner-up if Comunicaciones is the champion.
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