Honduras gets 3rd CONCACAF team; Belize out
NEW YORK (AP) -- Honduras will be granted a third team in next season's CONCACAF Champions League after Belize failed to meet the tournament's stadium standards, the regional governing body announced Monday.
Tournament regulations require teams play their home games within their own country in facilities that meet minimum requirements with regard to the field, lighting, changing rooms and fan amenities.
CONCACAF allowed for a one-year grace period for teams to meet the standards but after that, teams were to be replaced from other countries based on the performance of their clubs in the previous Champions League.
Honduras Apertura championship winner Marathon has already assured itself a berth in the 24-team Champions League, along with the yet to be decided winner of the Clausura. The team with the next most total points from both seasons will join the tournament from third place.
The inaugural CONCACAF Champions League winner will be decided Tuesday when Atlante hosts fellow Mexican side Cruz Azul in the second leg of the final at Cancun.
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