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Whitecaps FC kick off CONCACAF U-13 Champions League on Saturday

Vancouver Whitecaps FC will begin their first journey in the U-13 CONCACAF Champions League this Saturday, with the tournament happening July 23 to 30 in Mexico City. Like their first team counterparts, the U-13s will face teams from North America, Central America, and the Caribbean. This is the youngest age group to compete in a CONCACAF-sanctioned tournament.

The ‘Caps will be led by head coach James Merriman, who has been coaching full-time with the club’s Pre-Residency and academy centres since 2014. He will be assisted by long time ‘Caps Residency coach and now academy centre director Bart Choufour

Whitecaps FC are in Group B alongside Guatemalan club Comunicaciones FC, Costa Rican club LD Alajuelense, and Mexican club Menor Tijuana. The top two teams from each group will advance to the quarterfinals.

In the inaugural tournament last year, Canadian representatives Montreal Impact finished in fourth place.




Saturday, July 23

Comunicaciones FC (GUA)

12 p.m. local / 10 a.m. PT

Sunday, July 24

L.D. Alajuelense (CRC)

10 a.m. local / 8 a.m. PT

Monday, July 25

Menor Tijuana (MEX)

12 p.m. local / 10 a.m. PT

Wednesday, July 27



Friday, July 29



Saturday, July 30

Final / Third Place game


Group B Opponents

Comunicaciones FC
Established in 1949, the 66-year-old club is one of the most successful in Guatemala. At the professional level, the Comunicaciones first team has won 30 Liga Nacional titles.

LD Alajuelense
One of the biggest clubs in Costa Rica, established 97 years ago in 1919. At the first team level, they have won 29 Primera Division titles, as well as two CONCACAF Champions’ Cup titles (the predecessor to the CONCACAF Champions League) in 1986 and 2004.

Menor Tijuana
The Liga Menor de Tijuana is the largest and top youth league in the greater Tijuana and Baja Norte region. The representative group is equivalent to a provincial or state team. Mexico produced the winners of the inaugural U-13 CONCACAF Champions League in 2015 when Toluca FC took the tournament title.

Other teams in the competition include:

Group A
Buhos de Hermosillo FC (MEX)
Real Esteli (NCA)
Harbour View FC (JAM)
San Juan Jabloteh (TRI)

Group C
Pungarabato Guerrero (MEX)
Sporting KC (USA)
Chorrillo FC (PAN)
CD Santa Ana (SLV)