The CONCACAF Champions League draw is now over, and Real Salt Lake has been grouped with two Central American clubs, El Salvador’s Santa Tecla FC and Guatemala’s C.S.D. Municipal. The group stage of the tournament starts in August and runs through October.
Some quick info regarding Real Salt Lake’s opponents in Group G.
Santa Tecla FC
El Salvador’s Santa Tecla FC is still a relatively new football club, having been established in 2007.
Now in it’s eight year of existence they have been playing in the Primera División, commonly known as La Liga Mayor or La Primera, the top professional football league in El Salvador. Santa Tecla FC are the current champions of the league winning the Clausura (Closing) season which runs from February to July.
The NASL also uses a similar format, dividing their season into a Spring Championship and Fall Championship. The main difference is, the Primera División doesn’t have a championship playoffs format like the NASL does; whoever wins the Clausura are champions of the league.
Along with winning the league, they would go on to have their most productive season ever under the guidance of Argentinian manager Osvaldo Escudero.
To top it all off, winning the Clausura season gave them an automatic qualification spot into the CONCACAF Champions League.
Club Social y Deportivo Municipal, also known as Municipal, Los Rojos (the Reds), or C.S.D. Municipal for short.
Municipal has been around for 79 years now after being established on May 17, 1936. The club plays in Liga Nacional, the first division of Guatemalan football.
Throughout the club’s history, they’ve won the league title 29 times, giving them the second most behind their arch-rival, C.S.D. Comunicaciones, who have won the league title a record 30 times.
C.S.D. Municipal are the only team, as of 2015, to have stayed in the top division the longest since the league was formed in 1942.
What does this mean for Real Salt Lake?
For starters, they would be facing off against two established clubs who are at the top of their current leagues.
One is a current champion in El Salvador, while the other is the second best football club in Guatemala in terms of major championships won.
Real Salt Lake will definitely have their work cut out for them, but this team has a pretty good resume under their belt as well.
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CONCACAF Champions League Runner up: (2011)
MLS Cup Winner / Runner up: (2009)/(2013)
MLS Playoffs Conference Champions: (2009 – East)/(2013 – West)
MLS Supporters’ Shield Runner up: (2010)
Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Runner up: (2013)
Rocky Mountain Cup: (7x)
Carolina Challenge Cup: (2009)
Desert Diamond Cup: (2015)
How Real Salt Lake will fare against these two Central American clubs is anyone’s guess. One thing’s for sure though, the CONCACAF Champions League will be exciting to watch once again. Let’s make sure, that not only does Real Salt Lake make it out of the group stage, but have other MLS clubs do so as well.