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Six Central American clubs secure berths in 2023 CONCACAF Champions League!

Six clubs from Central America have secured berths in the 2023 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League following the results of the 2022 Scotiabank CONCACAF League quarterfinals.

Real Espana of Honduras, Alajuelense of Costa Rica, Motagua of Honduras, Olimpia of Honduras, Alianza of El Salvador and Tauro of Panama have all qualified for next year’s tournament.

Real Espana, Alajuelense, Motagua and Olimpia advanced to the 2022 Scotiabank CONCACAF League semifinals and the 2023 SCCL after winning their respective quarterfinal series, while Alianza and Tauro finished as the best and second-best ranked losing quarterfinalists.

Thus far, 13 clubs in total have qualified for next year’s tournament.

MEXICO

Club Leon

Club Leon are back in the SCCL for a fourth straight year and fifth overall after finishing as runners-up in the 2021 Liga MX Apertura. Club Leon achieved their best SCCL finish in 2021 when they reached the quarterfinals.

Atlas

The Guadalajara-based club will make their CONCACAF debut after winning the 2021 Liga MX Apertura. Atlas are the 15th different Mexican club to have qualified for the SCCL.

Pachuca

Five-time CONCACAF champions and two-time SCCL winners Pachuca are back in the tournament for the first time since their title-winning run in 2016-16. The Tuzos reached the 2023 edition by virtue of being a finalist in the 2022 Liga MX Clausura.

Tigres

The 2020 SCCL champions are back for a seventh time in the SCCL as the non-finalist of the 2022 Liga MX Clausura with the most accumulated points during the Clausura season.

UNITED STATES

Orlando City SC

The 2023 SCCL will be Orlando City’s first appearance in the SCCL after topping Sacramento Republic FC in the U.S. Open Cup Final. Orlando City will be the 19th different team from the U.S. to participate in the SCCL. The Florida franchise will be led by Head Coach Oscar Pareja, who guided FC Dallas to the 2016-17 SCCL semifinals.

HAITI

Violette AC

The 2023 SCCL will mark Violette’s first ever adventure in the SCCL after topping Cibao FC of the Dominican Republic to claim the 2022 FCCCC. A winner of the 1984 CONCACAF Champions Cup, Violette are the sixth different Haitian side to have qualified during the SCCL era.

CANADA

Vancouver Whitecaps

Vancouver qualified for their third SCCL after defeating Toronto FC 5-3 in a penalty shootout in the 2022 Canadian Championship Final following a 1-1 draw. The Whitecaps’ best finish in the SCCL came in the 2016-17 tournament when they reached the semifinals.

HONDURAS

Real Espana

Real Espana are back in the SCCL for the first time since the 2014-15 edition after securing a top six finish in the 2022 SCL. This will mark Real Espana’s fourth appearance in the SCCL. Among Real Espana’s SCCL highlights are a victory over Liga MX side Pachuca in the 2014-15 group stage.

Olimpia

No club in CONCACAF has more SCCL appearances than Olimpia, who qualified for the tournament for the 13th time as one of the top six teams in the 2022 SCL. Olimpia’s best finish came in the 2020 when they reached the semifinals before being eliminated by eventual champions Tigres of Mexico.

Motagua

Motagua return to the SCCL for a second straight year and seventh appearance overall as one of the top six teams in the 2022 SCL. One of Motagua’s SCCL highlights includes a second-place finish and two wins from four matches in the 2015-16 group stage.

COSTA RICA

Alajuelense

Alajuelense will make their seventh appearance in the SCCL thanks to finishing as one of the top six teams in the 2022 SCL. The Costa Rican side has a rich history in the tournament, earning back-to-back semifinal finishes in the 2013-14 and 2014-15 editions.

El Salvador

Alianza

After a two-year absence, Alianza return to the SCCL as one of the top six finishers from the 2022 SCL. It will be the fifth SCCL participation for Alianza, whose last appearance ended with a narrow 5-4 aggregate defeat in the Round of 16 to eventual champions Tigres in 2020.

PANAMA

Tauro

Tauro have the most SCCL qualifications of any club in Panama after securing their seventh berth by virtue of their top six finish in the 2022 SCL. Tauro’s last appearance came in the 2018 edition when they defeated MLS side FC Dallas in the Round of 16 before falling to Mexican giants Club America in the quarterfinals.

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