Trinidad and Tobago Pro League champions, Central FC, face a nightmarish draw for their CONCACAF Champions League debut this year and, arguably, DIRECTV W Connection have it even worse.
Central were today drawn with United States’ 2014 MLS Cup champions LA Galaxy, who are led by ex-Tottenham and Inter Milan striker Robbie Keane, and Guatemalan champions, Comunicaciones.
A more famous Brit, ex-Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard, will also be a LA Galaxy player by the time the MLS club visits. Gerrard played in Trinidad once before in an international friendly against the “Soca Warriors” in 2008. England won 3-0.
Comunicaciones won 3-0 against Caledonia AIA on their last visit to Trinidad, two years ago, when Paolo Suarez—the elder brother of Barcelona striker Luis Suarez—scored a hattrick.
Connection were pitted against Mexican champions, Santos Laguna, and the Costa Rica top flight’s 2014 Invierno winners, Saprissa.
Only the group winners advance to the quarterfinal round.
Yet again, the Pro League teams will be at a severe disadvantage for their meetings. While the North and Central American teams will be in mid-season, Central and Connection would have gone three months without competitive action when they take to the field.
Both of the Couva rivals have busy periods ahead off the field. Connection look set to lose star playmaker Hashim Arcia to Defence Force while more than half of Central’s first team and their entire technical staff are out of contract.
CONCACAF Champions League draw
W Connection, Saprissa (Costa Rica), Santos Laguna (Mexico)
Central FC, Comunicaciones (Guatemala), LA Galaxy (USA)
Montego Bay (Jamaica), Arabe Unido (Panama), DC United (USA).