CPL club to take on Antigua GFC in CONCACAF League preliminary round

One of FC Edmonton, Forge FC, and Valour FC will be taking on Antigua Guatemala Football Club in the preliminary round of the CONCACAF League, kicking off in July.

CONCACAF officials held a draw for the 2019 CONCACAF League on Thursday evening from Guatemala City, Guatemala, where one yet-undetermined CPL outfit will now take on a club from Guatemala.

Should one of Forge, Edmonton or Valour defeat Antigua GFC in the preliminary round, they would then move on to take on Honduran outfit CD Olimpia in the Round of 16.

CPL’s spot, known as “Canada 2,” is one of the 12 teams in the preliminary round. Canada 2 was drawn from Pot 2, which would be matched up against a side in Pot 1.

Furthermore, Pots 3 and 4 will contain the ten clubs who have already qualified for the round of 16 and the six winners of the six preliminary round matchups. Six teams from the CONCACAF League will qualify for the CONCACAF Champions League.

The preliminary round draw

CONCACAF League Draw (Preliminary Round)

Panama 3 (TBD) Allianza (El Salvador)
 AS Capoise (Haiti) SV Robinhood (Suriname)
Deportivo Saprissa (Costa Rica) Belmopan Bandits (Belize)
Antigua (Guatemala) Canada 2
CD Marathon (Honduras) Comunicaciones FC (Guatemala)
 Santa Tecla (El Salvador) Real Esteli (Nicaragua)

Round of 16 draw

CONCACAF League Draw (Round of 16)

FC Motagua (Honduras) Managua FC (Nicaragua)
CS Herediano (Costa Rica) Waterhouse FC (Jamaica)
AD San Carlos (Costa Rica) PR6 (Santa Tecla or Real Esteli)
Panama 1 (TBD) PR1 (Panama 3 or Allianza)
Panama 2 (TBD) PR2 (Capoise or Robinhood)
 CD Aguila (El Salvador) PR3 (Saprissa or Bandits)
Guastatoya (Guatemala) PR5 (Marathon or Comunicaciones)
 CD Olimpia (Honduras) PR4 (Antigua or Canada 2)

CPL CONCACAF League qualifying update

FC Edmonton, Forge, and Valour are currently halfway through the six-match qualification process to decide which club will grab the aforementioned “Canada 2” spot.

Forge’s 2-0 win over FC Edmonton put them three points clear of their Albertan opponents through the first three of six matches played between the sides in the Spring season.

The Eddies will have a chance to draw level on points with Bobby Smyrniotis’ Forge side when they host Valour on Saturday (6:30 p.m. ET, 4:30 p.m. MT/OneSoccer).

The final match of CPL’s CONCACAF League qualifying process will take place on June 26, in the return leg of Wednesday’s match, when FC Edmonton hosts Forge (9:00 p.m. ET, 7:00 p.m. MT/OneSoccer).

CPL CONCACAF League qualifying (as of May 30, 2019)

1 100px-ForgeFC  2-0-0  6 +4 2-0 W at VAL
2-0 W vs. FCE
2 200px-FC_Edmonton_Crest  1-1-0  3 -1 2-1 W at VAL
2-0 L at FOR
3 valour_fc_primary  0-2-0  0 -3 2-1 L vs. FCE
2-0 L vs. FOR
FCE vs. VAL (June 1)
FOR vs. VAL (June 15)
FCE vs. FOR (June 26)