VANCOUVER, BC – The stage is set.
Group play for the 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League came to an end on Thursday, with Vancouver Whitecaps FC securing the top seed for the knockout stage of the tournament.
See below for the final seeding (based on group results):
1. Vancouver Whitecaps FC (Canada): 12 points, +8 GD
2. CD Arabe Unido (Panama): 12 points, +7 GD
3. CF Pachuca (Mexico): 10 points, +15 GD
4. Pumas UNAM (Mexico): 9 points, +10 GD
5. Tigres UANL (Mexico): 9 points, +6 GD
6. Deportivo Saprissa (Costa Rica): 8 points, +8 GD
7. FC Dallas (U.S.): 8 points, +4 GD
8. New York Red Bulls (U.S.): 8 points, +4 GD
Whitecaps FC will face New York Red Bulls in the quarterfinal round, with the winner moving on to face Mexico's Tigres UANL or Pumas UNAM in the semifinals.
TICKET INFORMATION: Tickets to all Champions League knockout stage home matches (which includes the quarterfinals, semifinals, and final) will be automatically added to 2017 Whitecaps FC Season Ticket Memberships and charged prior to each round unless Season Ticket Members choose to opt out of the Champions League package. Further ticket information for Season Ticket Members and the general public will be available in the coming weeks.
Unlike the group stage, which follows a round robin format, the remaining three rounds will pit two teams against each other in a two-leg aggregate series – with each team hosting a match. The team that scores more combined goals over the two legs will advance to the next round, with away goals serving as the tiebreaker.
QUARTERFINALS (LEG 1: Feb. 21 - 23, LEG 2: Feb. 28 - March 2)
QF1: (1) Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. (8) New York Red Bulls
QF2: (2) CD Arabe Unido vs. (7) FC Dallas
QF3: (3) CF Pachuca vs. (6) Deportivo Saprissa
QF4: (4) Pumas UNAM vs. (5) Tigres UANL
SEMIFINALS (LEG 1: March 14-16, LEG 2: April 4-6)
SF1: Winner of QF1 vs. winner of QF4
SF2: Winner of QF2 vs. winner of QF3
FINAL (April 19 to April 26, 2017)
Winner of SF1 vs. winner of SF2