CONCACAF Champions League patch on jersey - 2015
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How Whitecaps FC can advance to the next round of the CONCACAF Champions League

VANCOUVER, BC – Vancouver Whitecaps FC continue their first-ever CONCACAF Champions League campaign on Wednesday, when they host reigning Honduran champions C.D. Olimpia at BC Place (7 p.m. PT - tickets still available). 

This will be Vancouver’s second CCL group stage fixture – they drew Seattle 1-1 in their first one. Meanwhile, Seattle and Olimpia have already met twice with each team winning their respective home match, which keeps things pretty wide open in Group F.

Here’s a look at the current standings.

TEAM

PTS

GP

W

L

D

Seattle Sounders FC

4

3

1

1

1

C.D. Olimpia

3

2

1

1

0

Vancouver Whitecaps FC

1

1

0

0

1

So what does all this mean (keeping in mind Whitecaps FC visit Seattle on September 23 and Olimpia on October 22 to conclude the group stage)?

If Whitecaps FC win on Wednesday:

The ‘Caps would win the group and advance to the quarterfinals with a win vs. Seattle on September 23. A loss in that game, however, would see Seattle finish atop the group. Whitecaps FC could also advance by earning a draw in their remaining two matches.

If Whitecaps FC lose on Wednesday:

Then they would need to win their remaining two matches to advance.

If Whitecaps FC draw on Wednesday:

Then the ‘Caps will need at least four points (a win and a draw) from their final two matches to advance.

As you can see, there are still a number of different scenarios that could play out. Carl Robinson’s side cannot be eliminated from contention on Wednesday, but suffice to say picking up maximum points will be of the utmost importance.

WHAT'S NEXT?

Following the group stage, the eight remaining teams will be seeded based on their group results, which will determine their opponent in the quarterfinals (also known as the “championship stage.”) The championship stage consists of a two-leg home-and-away series starting in early 2016. 

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