2023 CONCACAF Central American Cup Semifinals & Play-In matchups and schedule confirmed!

CONCACAF has confirmed the schedule and matchups for the 2023 CONCACAF Central American Cup Semifinals and Play-In. The home-and-away series will take place October 24-26 (first legs) and October 31 – November 2, 2023 (second legs).

The last of the competition’s Quarterfinal matches culminated last night in Alajuela, Costa Rica, with two-time CONCACAF Champions Cup winners LD Alajuelense (CRC) joining Club Atlético Independiente (PAN), Real Estelí FC (NCA), and CS Herediano (CRC) in the Semifinals. These four clubs have also secured their participation in next year’s expanded 27-club CONCACAF Champions Cup.

The four losing quarterfinalists, CS Cartaginés (CRC), FC Motagua (HON), Deportivo Saprissa (CRC), and Comunicaciones FC (GUA), have all progressed to a CONCACAF Central American Cup Play-In, where they will face off for the two remaining 2024 Champions Cup berths for Central American clubs.

As per the competition’s regulations, the Semifinal and Play-In matchups are determined by the tournament’s bracket, and the highest-ranked club in each matchup, based on the total accumulated points in the competition, will host the return-leg matches.

The 2023 CONCACAF Central American Cup Semifinal and Play-In matchups are as follows:y<

Semifinal 1: LD Alajuelense vs CS Herediano
Semifinal 2: Real Estelí FC vs Club Atlético Independiente
Play-In 1: CS Cartaginés vs Comunicaciones FC
Play-In 2: Deportivo Saprissa vs FC Motagua

The 2023 CONCACAF Central American Cup Semifinals and Play-In Standings are as follows:

Semifinals Standings
1. LD Alajuelense (18 pts, +14 gd)
2. Club Atlético Independiente (14 pts, +10 gd)
3. CS Herediano (14 pts, +5 gd)
4. Real Estelí (13 pts, +2 gd)

Play-In Standings
1. Deportivo Saprissa (11 pts, +10 gd)
2. Comunicaciones FC (10 pts, +4 gd)
3. FC Motagua (10 pts, +2 gd)
4. CS Cartaginés (7 pts, 0 gd)

The schedule for the 2023 CONCACAF Central American Cup Semifinals and Play-In matches is as follows (home club is listed first and kickoff times are listed in ET/Local):

First Leg Matches

Tuesday, October 24
22:00 (20:00) CS Cartagines vs Comunicaciones FC – Estadio Fello Meza, Cartago, Costa Rica

Wednesday, October 25
20:00 (18:00) FC Motagua vs Deportivo Saprissa – Estadio Chelato Uclés, Tegucigalpa, Honduras
22:00 (20:00) CS Herediano vs LD Alajuelense – TBC

Thursday, October 26
22:00 (20:00) Real Esteli FC vs CA Independiente – Estadio Independencia, Estelí, Nicaragua

Second Leg Matches

Tuesday, October 31
22:15 (20:15) Comunicaciones FC vs CS Cartagines – Estadio Doroteo Guamuch Flores, Guatemala City, Guatemala

Wednesday, November 1
20:00 (18:00) Deportivo Saprissa vs FC Motagua – Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Aymá, San Jose, Costa Rica
22:15 (20:15) LD Alajuelense vs CS Herediano – Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto, Alajuela, Costa Rica

Thursday, November 2
22:15 (21:15) CA Independiente vs Real Esteli FC – Estadio Rommel Fernández, Panama City, Panama

After the Semifinals, the winner in each matchup will advance to the 2023 CONCACAF Central American Final, where the first-ever Central American Cup champion will be crowned. The home-and-away Final is scheduled for November 28-30 (First Leg) and December 5-7 (Second Leg).

Fans will be able to enjoy all matches through the Confederation’s TV partner networks, including FOX Sports | Tubi (USA-English), TUDN | ViX (USA-Spanish), Fox Sports Mexico (Mexico-Spanish), ESPN | Star+ (Central America, Caribbean, and South America), and the CONCACAF Official Platforms for all other territories (subject to territory restrictions).

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