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According to this bracket on the CONCACAF Web site, DCU will play Harbour View (Jamaica) and Houston will face Municipal (Guatemala) in the quarterfinals of the Champions' Cup. The other pairings are Pachuca-Motagua and Atlante-Saprissa. Opening matches are March 11-13.

As for the men's under-23 tournament groups, they are:

*USA, Cuba, Honduras and Panama (games in Tampa)
*Mexico, Guatemala, Canada and Haiti (games at Home Depot Center)

The top two in each group advance to the semifinals in Nashville. The semifinal winners qualify for the Olympics. The tournament runs March 11-23.

By Steve Goff  |  December 18, 2007; 5:21 PM ET
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Well, that looks to be about as favorable a bracket as DC United will ever get. Respect to Harbour View for sure, but it looks like we get the second leg, and, not to look too far forward, but our end of the bracket is home match second leg all the way.

Posted by: Favorable | December 18, 2007 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Me likey

Posted by: Longshoe | December 18, 2007 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Oh my. I believe there must be some mistake. According to this bracket, if DC gets past Harbour View, they'll actually host the *return* leg of the semifinal...and, um, yeah...(*ducks out to knock on wood*)...

Posted by: EdTheRed | December 18, 2007 6:00 PM | Report abuse

So if United advances, they will play Motagua of Honduras or Pachuca of Mexico.

Shapping up to be a very interesting tournament.

Posted by: United | December 18, 2007 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Whoa -- you folks trying to jinx DCU already?!? Nunnadis talk about "having a favorable bracket." That'll screw 'em up for sure... ;-)

Posted by: Juan-John | December 18, 2007 6:23 PM | Report abuse

This is the perfect scenario. Not only did we get Harbour View, but the Mexican clubs got the two more difficult Central American clubs. On top of that, we get to host the 2nd leg in every round.

If ever there was a chance for us to win this competition, this is it.

Posted by: Chest Rockwell | December 18, 2007 6:52 PM | Report abuse

"If ever there was a chance for us to win this competition, this is it."

As it was in '98, so shall it be in '08.

CONCACAF Champions Cup Trophy

1998 CONCACAF Champions Cup Champions
D.C. United 1 - 0 CD Toluca
August 16, 1998
D.C. United defeated Mexican champion CD Toulca 1-0 at RFK Stadium to take home the CONCACAF Champions Cup. The lone goal of the game came off the sole of Eddie Pope's cleat in the 41st minute to lead United in their first international tournament triumph. The win also marked the first time that an American club team had won a continental championship.

Posted by: Ten years ago | December 18, 2007 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Anybody know what's up with Nashville hosting international tournaments?

I believe they are hosting an Olympic qualifier as well.

Posted by: Mickey | December 18, 2007 7:37 PM | Report abuse

sounds like the perfect excuse to go to Jamaica in March!

Posted by: blackandredblood | December 18, 2007 7:41 PM | Report abuse

The three ringers from the senior MNT only come into the picture in China, not at this stage, right?

Posted by: 22201 | December 18, 2007 7:46 PM | Report abuse

That's right ... only under-age players in qualifying.

Posted by: franz goffka | December 18, 2007 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Nashville is hosting the semis and final of the Oly under-23 tournament. The city also hosted a national team friendly vs. Morocco in May 2006. That's it.

They are serious about staging int'l soccer and put in the winning bid for this event.

Posted by: Goff | December 18, 2007 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Let's hope for a cold spring to give us some sort of advantage.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | December 18, 2007 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Bahaha, DCU away game in Jamaica while I'm on Spring Break?

I win so hard. :D

Posted by: Goose | December 18, 2007 10:25 PM | Report abuse

The USSF wants southern venues, and there are very few options. Only Charlotte's stadium is comparable as a soccer venue, and the Richardson family runs BoA Stadium as a personal fiefdom. Birmingham botched their status with the USSF by putting in field turf, so Nashville, whose city stadium authority is smart and aggressive, has been courting the federation hard.

Don't forget that Nashville and its suburbs have about 1.5 million people, and large numbers of Asian, Kurdish, and Latin American immigrants. That last piece should make the Olympic qualifiers very interesting.

Posted by: Mastodon Juan | December 18, 2007 11:09 PM | Report abuse

They are putting Cuba in Tampa?? Oh, this might get messy.....

Posted by: Lloyd Heilbrunn | December 18, 2007 11:43 PM | Report abuse

"They are putting Cuba in Tampa?? Oh, this might get messy....."

I think you may be over-estimating the general level of interest in Olympic qualifying group stage football matches.

Posted by: Florida | December 19, 2007 8:57 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Goff,

You wrote: "The top two in each group advance to the semifinals in Nashville. The semifinal winners qualify for the Olympics. The tournament runs March 11-30."

The CONCACAF article lists a shorter time frame:

The eight teams were drawn into two groups for the 2008 CONCACAF U-23 Championship that will take place in three venues in the USA from 11-23 March.

Posted by: one less week | December 19, 2007 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Any word on what network will carry this tournament? I think it was FOX Soccer last time. I hope the video feed from Jamaica is better this time. I remember five of us running in and out of Kilroy's getting updates on our cellphones and running back in and updating the crowd.

Posted by: Chico | December 19, 2007 10:04 AM | Report abuse


Do you think that the Olympic Qualifying matches will be televised? Perhaps FSC or Gol TV?

Posted by: Brava Rookie | December 19, 2007 10:22 AM | Report abuse

I would think that with the visiting teams listening to a man, his dog and his truck hour after hour on the radio, the US would enjoy a significant homefield advantage.

Posted by: Joe Doc | December 19, 2007 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Scarlett is STILL a girl's name!!

Posted by: Frosty | December 19, 2007 11:07 AM | Report abuse

The eight teams were drawn into two groups for the 2008 CONCACAF U-23 Championship that will take place in three venues in the USA from 11-23 March.

Yup, my bad. Fixed.

Posted by: Goff | December 19, 2007 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Nashville is a fine city. I attended the game vs Morocco last year. Good, solid, knowledgeable crowd on hand. There is a strong youth program in TN. Very good local high school programs also. Not much for college or higher levels. Looks like they are trying to build from the top down and the bottom up.......perhaps to become an expansion option in the not too distant future??

As for the draw, 2nd legs at home - potentially throughout the tournament? Time for the team to put up or shut up. The next month or so of roster action will tell us a lot about whether DCU can show well in this and other tournies.

Posted by: marksman | December 19, 2007 5:55 PM | Report abuse

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