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Further Postponement of Champions League Announced by CONCACAF

An opportunity for Canada to host the final stages, mirroring UEFA plans for their flagship club championships?

MLS: Champions League Quarterfinal-CD Olimpia at Montreal Impact
Dramatic reaction from the Montreal Impact bench following the denial of justifiable penalty claim during the quarter-final first-leg against Olimpia at the Big O.
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(Please note: CONCACAF’s statement referred to in this article pertains only to the CONCACAF League, and not the CONCACAF Champions League as incorrectly stated below. The only Canadian club it affects in that particular competition is CanPL’s Forge FC. CONCACAF has yet to issue a statement in relation to the resumption of its Champions League - Paul Vance, 24 June 2020).

Yesterday in Miami CONCACAF issued a statement on its website postponing further the resumption of its Scotiabank-sponsored, Champions League competition.

The tournament was to resume on July 28, however the governing body has spoken, deciding to wait a little longer given the situation with the pandemic in some of its member countries.

The confederation did announce it is encouraged by some leagues within its umbrella of influence which have resumed playing or which plan soon to do so.

The statement in full reads...

“The thoughts of everyone at Concacaf remain with the communities across our region affected by COVID-19.

“We continue to work with our stakeholders to ensure we are well prepared to restart our competitions as soon as it is safe to do so. We are encouraged by the leagues across our confederation which have resumed play, or have firm plans to do so in the coming weeks.

“Our club competitions are dependent on the resumption of several domestic leagues and, as some remain in an uncertain position, we have made the decision to postpone the start of the 2020 Scotiabank Concacaf League, which was scheduled to begin on July 28.

“We will continue to discuss with our Member Associations, Leagues, clubs and other stakeholders proposals for the Scotiabank Concacaf League to begin in the coming months.”

MLS: Champions League Quarterfinal-CD Olimpia at Montreal Impact
Impact’s Algerian international Saphir Taider tumbles after a collision with Olimpia’s German Mejia in the quarter-final first-leg at Stade Olimpique. This was the Impact’s last competitive outing back on March 10.
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As things stand, Montreal Impact must travel to the Honduran capital, Tegucigalpa to play the quarter-final second-leg against CD Olimpia.

Being a goal down and conceding twice in the home leg it’s become a tall order for the Impact to prevail over Olimpia, who rarely lose Champions League games at home.

Montreal must go there, win and score at least twice in 90 mins. The task could be made slightly easier should the game go ahead behind closed doors, away from the influence of Olimpia’s passionate fanbase, or if the remainder of the competition is played out in one country, similar to what’s about to happen with the closing stages of UEFA’s Champions League.

An opportunity for Canada to host perhaps especially if the sponsor wishes to exert influence?

Poll

Realistically do you believe it’s feasible for Canada to host the remainder of the competition in a similar way to what Portugal is doing in the UEFA Champions League?

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  • 42%
    Yes
    (11 votes)
  • 50%
    Maybe, but sceptical.
    (13 votes)
  • 7%
    No, but USA or another country could
    (2 votes)
  • 0%
    No, it’s not feasible to conclude the competition as a tournament played in one country.
    (0 votes)
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