Concacaf Champions meet in Santiago

Moca FC plays Nashville SC in the start of Concacaf Champions Cup at the Estadio Cibao FC on the premises of the PUCMM in Santiago on Thursday, 22 February 2024.

This is the first time the players of the Moca FC and Nashville SC compete in the Concacaf Champions Cup. By far, the DR team is the underdog, standing 150th in the FIFA world ranking.

The teams will play again for the second leg on 28 February at the Geodis Park in Nashville, Tennessee.

The winner of the series will be decided based on aggregate goals and will advance to face Inter Miami and Lionel Messi in the round of 16 of the Concacaf Champions Cup. The first leg of that series would take place at either Nashville or Moca on 7 March, with Miami hosting the second leg on 13 March.

Reporting on the games, The Tennessean writes:

“Moca faces mountainous odds: Of 27 teams in this year’s Champions Cup, it’s the lowest (109th) in the most recent CONCACAF Club Ranking, while Nashville is 12th.

“Soccer in the Dominican Republic was played at a semi-professional level prior to the founding of the eight-team Liga Dominicana de Futbol in 2015. Moca has never won an LDF championship. Its best result came last season when it finished runner-up after losing 3-0 on aggregate to Cibao FC in the final series.”

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Diario Libre
The Tennessean

22 February 2024