Tonight CONCACAF conducted the draw for the group stage of the 2015-16 Champions League. The draw took place at the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, and it was great to see the confederation put together a well-packaged event for the participants and the media. You can watch the full draw at this link.
The eight groups for the group stage look like this:
|Group A||Group B|
|W Connection||Trinidad & Tobago||Isidro Metapán||El Salvador|
|Saprissa||Costa Rica||Herediano||Costa Rica|
|Group C||Group D|
|Verdes||Belize||Central FC||Trinidad & Tobago|
|Group E||Group F|
|Walter Ferreti||Nicaragua||Vancouver Whitecaps||Canada|
|Group G||Group H|
|Santa Tecla||El Salvador||Montego Bay United||Jamaica|
|Real Salt Lake||USA||DC United||USA|
So once again the Mexican and USA clubs are kept separate, a fact that will surely annoy the Costa Rican representatives. Both of the Costa Rican sides will face Mexican opposition, and if Herediano and Saprissa are as strong as they were last year, Santos and Tigres could be in danger of falling at the first hurdle. Group F will feature a Cascadia derby between Vancouver and Seattle, the result of which could decide the quarterfinal place.
Just from an eyeball test, I would say that Group A, B, and F appear to be the most difficult for just about all the teams. I still expect most of the Liga MX and MLS representatives to go on to the quarterfinals, with perhaps a Canadian representative as well.